Happy Hill’s salute to Oakwell’s ‘unbreakable’ defensive pairing

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is delighted with the centre-back partnership of Stephen Foster and Jimmy McNulty.

Foster and McNulty have impressed this season, with new recruit Rob Edwards having to wait on the sidelines for his chance.

“McNulty’s partnership with Fozzie is unbreakable at the minute,” said Hill.

“I don’t want to upset that balance down the centre of the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Hill hopes the Oakwell faithful will stick behind the side. “I don’t expect anything from the fans apart from to support the players” he said.

“They’ve got to show a little bit of patience with the way we’re trying to play.

“The ball’s not always going to be in the areas of the pitch we want to be, but if we’ve got possession we will create opportunities. Winning supporters over? You’re never going to do that. I left Rochdale and half of them hate me now!

“If they support my players in the manner which I expect them too, then the players will perform. The confidence that I give to the players and the forgiveness I give to the players has got to be respected and has got to come from the supporters.”

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Hill is encouraged by the progress his team are making after just 20 games of the season. “We’re 10 points clear of third bottom,” he said. “With four victories on the trot players can sometimes get careless and little bit arrogant, but I didn’t sense any of that against Crystal Palace.

“But to produce the type of energy twice in four days is very difficult.

I’ve got to temper my enthusiasm to play at that tempo. It can’t always be produced at that level.”