Hill calls for understanding from fans

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is frustrated with the early “negativity” from some of the club’s supporters following a winless start to the season.

The Reds were beaten 3-1 by Middlesbrough on Tuesday night at Oakwell, a defeat which came on the back of a league loss to Southampton and also Morecambe Town in the Carling Cup.

Opening day saw Hill’s charges battle for a deserved point away to Nottingham Forest, but so far the club have only scored one goal in four and have yet to find their feet properly.

“There’s a lot of negativity at the moment [from some fans] and being perfectly honest I think it’s uncalled for,” said Hill.

“On Tuesday night I was more pleased than on Saturday. As long as I see endeavour and application from the players then I’ll always be patient with them. We were beaten by a better side the other night, but that’s no disgrace.

“Middlesbrough are a good side – a cut above - so I will protect my players at all costs.

“Things won’t change here overnight, but whether you sack the manager or not nothing will change at Barnsley Football Club.

“There have been nine managers in 10 seasons here, so maybe fans have to be a little bit more realistic.

“I’ve had great support from [the club owner] Patrick Cryne and the rest of the board so far, but the financial circumstances will not change.

“Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that we’ve got these two away games coming up.

“Modern football and the way the game is played these days dictates that certain tactics away from home can work. You can counter-attack to good effect.

“There’s been a bit of negativity around the place I guess, but some of the lads will now breathe a sigh of relief.”