There are no easy wins in our league, says Hill

No Hassell: Barnsley defender Bobby is a non-starter for the Reds this weekend.
No Hassell: Barnsley defender Bobby is a non-starter for the Reds this weekend.
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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has warned his side not to take anything for granted against basement boys Bristol City.

The Reds host the Robins tomorrow as favourites to win, according to Hill.

Their misfiring opponents are rooted to the bottom of the table and have lost eight of their last 11 matches in domestic competition.

“We’ll accept the pressures of being favourite, but there will be no fear of the opposition,” said Hill.

“There’ll be no fear of playing in front of our supporters again, but you’ve got to be very careful with what you do with expectation.

“In our previous two home games I think we’ve been absolutely superb in the way that we’ve manufactured the goals and the way we’ve defended.

“I’m looking forward to the prospect of pitting our wits against Bristol City. Any team in this league is capable of winning matches.”

Beaten nine times in the league already this season, the Robins dispensed with Keith Millen and recruited Derek McInnes from St Johnstone as their new manager.

When a new manager takes charge there’s often a change in fortunes and a response from the club’s players.

But the Robins’ current losing run stretched to five matches when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Birmingham City last Saturday.

“It’s difficult now a new manager’s taken over,” admitted Hill. “If you go right through the team there’s massive experience.

“In anyone’s honest assessment or opinion, they should be higher in the table than where they are.

“We don’t really know what to expect, but I’ll expect some sort of reaction to a new manager and the current position where they find themselves - at the bottom of the league.”

Defender Bobby Hassell will definitely miss this weekend’s home clash with a groin injury, but is hopeful of featuring at some stage at home to Hull City next Tuesday night.

Midfielders Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) and Goran Lovre (knee) have both trained this week, but this weekend is likely to be soon to be in contention.

Winger Matt Done is still recovering from a hamstring injury, but also back training and pushing hard to get back in the team.

Meanwhile, the Reds will come face-to-face with two former players this weekend with midfielder Jamal Campbell-Ryce and defender Lewin Nyatanga set to start for the visitors.

Hill said: “They’ve (the Robins) have had an under-achieving season, but they’ve got some great players.

“Losing to Cardiff on Saturday was a great education for me, but we’ve put that result behind us now and the players know I want a good home performance on Saturday.”