Hill ready to take on big-spending Foxes

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KEITH Hill is relishing the challenge of taking on promotion-fancied Leicester City on Saturday.

And the Barnsley boss says all the pressure will be on Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team as they come to Oakwell looking to extend their recent three-game unbeaten run after two defeats in their first three outings this term.

The Foxes are 10th in the table with seven points from five matches, while the Reds are six places behind with five points.

But Hill has had far less financial power in the transfer market that his Swedish opposite number and is knows his side are not expected to win.

“The pressure’s off us, it’s all on Leicester,” Hill said. “They’re the ones who have spent millions on players and they’re expected to do well this season. There’s pressure on them to perform because they’re expected to come here and turn us over. But we’ll be giving it everything to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

City recently recruited some top names including ex Everton hitman Jermaine Beckford on a £3m transfer, as well as big names such as Neil Danns, Kasper Schmeichel, Sean St Ledger, David Nugent, Matt Mills, Paul Konchesky and John Paintstil.

And with plenty more experience in Richie Wellens, Darius Vassell and Martyn Waghorn, it’s little surprise Hill’s men are underdogs.

“They’re a very strong side” added Hill. “Sven has been an unbelievable manager. He’s got international experience and has been very successful at club level as well. But we’ll be well-prepared for Saturday, it’s important we give a good account of ourselves at home.”