Hill won’t be fooled during phoney war

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BARNSLEY’S pre-season isn’t just about winning friendly matches, but positive results certainly help.

The new-look Reds got their pre-Championship schedule underway on Tuesday with an encouraging 3-0 win at Hartlepool United, but new manager Keith Hill won’t read too much into that satisfactory outcome against Mick Wadsworth’s League One outfit.

Hill said: “It’s just pre-game or pre-fight preparation. I can’t even remember who I played last pre-season. We’re just trying to lead up to the Nottingham Forest game.

“We’re looking for performances rather than results, but if you can get both it’s always a positive.

“In football a winning environment breeds that better application, that belief and confidence.

“I’ll be looking for the structure of the team, performances and fitness levels.

“I’ll be happy regardless of any results because I will have learned more about the players over each 90 minutes than in 20 training sessions.”

In all, 14 players got a run-out up in the North-east, but Hill is still on the lookout for more suitable additions to his squad despite already signing seven since he linked up at Oakwell last month.

Weighing up the size of the squad so far, Hill added: “It’s not deep enough. There is quality there, but we can’t be too reliant on young players.

“The squad’s not really deep enough in quality yet. We need to address that, but not address it short-term with panic signings.

“We’ve got to make sure we make the right signings.

“We’ve got the nucleus of a very good squad and we are going to add to that over a period of time, but we won’t be rushed into anything.”