Reds hungry to rediscover form

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KEITH Hill is confident his side will rediscover their winning “appetite” at home to Bristol City on Saturday.

And the Barnsley boss has been quick to banish the bad memories of the weekend’s 5-3 away defeat to Cardiff City.

“There’s been no hangovers emotionally-wise from Saturday, we’ve moved on,” Hill told The Star. “The players have taken responsibility for what happened, we can’t afford to have the luxury to dwell on situations.

“We’ve been very good this season, but I’ve always said clean sheets are king. The first line of attack is our defence, but also our attack is our first line of defence.

“We’ve had a de-brief about went wrong on Saturday, but that into isolation and have had a good response from the players. I know they’ll bounce back. I’ve been working with them all season and I can see the character in the side.

“They were all disappointed we lost, but it’s becoming apparent that there’s certain sides in this division are very difficult to compete against.

“But we’ll get our appetite back and the players know that I want them to work better without the ball. We can’t look back, we’ve got to look forward.”

Injuries have ravaged Hill’s squad in the last couple of months with as many as 12 different players sidelined with various injuries.

But thankfully most of those players have now returned to the first team fold or, barring getting their match fitness back, are in battling for a starting berth at Oakwell against the Robins in three days time.

“The injuries are looking better, which is great because we should have some more options for the weekend,” revealed Hill.

Striker Danny Haynes is back running and working hard to regain his match sharpness. Haynes has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since mid-September when, soon after featuring as late substitute, he injured himself in training.

Winger Matt Done is also running as he continues his recovery for a hamstring injury, with versatile defender Bobby Hassell is expected to have recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him to miss the weekend’s trip at the CC Stadium and the club’s fine 2-0 home win over Burnley earlier this month.

Serbian midfielder Goran Lovre (knee) and Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) are also making good progress in their respective bids to making themselves available for selection.

Striker Craig Davies was thrown into the deep end against Burnley, but wasn’t fully match fit for that fixture and subsequently featured as a second half substitute in the Reds’ defeat to the Bluebirds.