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Keith Hill On Crewe Friendly

8 August 2012

Keith Hill gave his assessment of Barnsley's final pre-season game ahead of the opening Capital One Cup match on Saturday.

"I'm pleased with the run out," commented Keith Hill. "If you look at the players we had out there I think there are valuable lessons being learned. The players have to understand that from now on in the decisions they make on the pitch can affect the team and people's livelihoods. That's the harsh realities of the Rochdale game and beyond, whereas the mistakes up to now haven't meant too much, but it has been great experience for the younger players.

"When you consider the likes of Noble-Lazarus, Hassell, Cywka and Sonko haven't played a full 90 minutes for a long time it was definitely a worthwhile exercise. Cywka looked lively in the second half. It's sometimes a case of finding your football legs and Sonko was the same.

"The real season starts on Saturday so it was important we got the players out for 90 minutes especially when we are quite low on numbers.

"Scott Hogan is an excellent player with pace to burn and I am optimistic but perhaps a bit too much honesty tonight. As a centre forward he needs to affect the central defenders and if you're going out wide too many times you're not going to affect the central defenders. 

"There's still a lot of business to be done before the transfer window shuts and we need to recruit, but not to panic into getting the wrong players. We need to do it right, deliberate and be cost-effective."

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