Reds’ mission to ‘Holt’ the trio of terror

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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins has warned his side against a terror trio who could hurt the Reds at Oakwell this afternoon.

Robins’ charges host the in-form Canaries looking for their second home win this month and their first for five games, having drawn two and lost two of their previous Championship fixtures in February.

And if the Reds are victorious they will end a hoodoo which has lasted for nearly 11 years having not beaten their Norfolk-based opponents since a 1-0 victory back in August 2000.

This season the Canaries have shown no signs of stepping off the gas after last season’s memorable League One champions’ winning campaign.

Striker and skipper Grant Holt has led the way with 15 goals in all competitions - 13 in the league - with midfielder Wes Hoolahan (nine goals) and highly-rated Arsenal loan midfielder Henri Lansbury (three goals) having arguably been the three best players to watch this season.

“In Holt, Hoolahan and Lansbury they’ve got three players who can hurt you on their day,” Robins told The Star.

“But they’ve got eight other players as well who are up to the job, so we’ve got to be on guard.

“Paul Lambert’s done a great job at the club; they’re having a good season.”

The Canaries will be without defender Leon Barnett who has been sidelined for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, with striker Chris Martin also out with a similar injury.

And midfielder Simon Lappin is also missing for the visitors following an appendix operation.

“Whatever side they bring, it’s going to be a tough game for us,” added Robins. “Paul has moulded them into a good side. You’d expect that from a side who is up the top end of the division. They’ve got momentum from last season and carried it on.”

Midfielder Nathan Doyle will be missing for the Reds with a calf injury,.