In-form Reds look to nullify free-scoring Posh

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KEITH Hill knows his on-song Barnsley side will have to fend off some serious firepower against Peterborough United today.

Posh have had no problem scoring at home this season, hitting 22 goals in nine outings at London Road.

Only Championship leaders Southampton, with 26 goals, have scored more goals on home soil.

But buoyed by a trio of Yorkshire derby victories in November, the Reds are bidding to leapfrog their opponents in the table.

Posh are two places above the Reds, but are on the same points and have played a game more than Hill’s side who had a night off on Tuesday with their home fixture with Crystal Palace rescheduled for next Tuesday.

“I know a lot about Peterborough; we’ve done our homework,” Hill told The Star.

“They’re a very attack-minded side, you only have to look at how many goals they’ve scored this season at home.

“To score 22 goals at home is impressive, but the challenge for us is to go there and get the result we want.”

Posh skipper and former Reds playmaker Grant McCann will be just one of six players who have scored four or more goals this season for Darren Ferguson’s team, with the Northern Ireland international leading the way with eight goals.

But Hill has his own striker in fine form, with former Chesterfield marksman Craig Davies having bagged five goals in his last five games.

Experienced striker Andy Gray, who has scored four goals this season, is back and available for action having recovered from an Achilles injury, while Newcastle United loanee Nile Ranger is also pushing for a starting berth.