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Hill Wants High Tempo

29 November 2012

Reds boss on Watford



“We looked at Burnley and we’ve got to look at the players who are making an impression,” said Hill.

Here, the Barnsley boss gave his thoughts to the press ahead of his side’s trip to face the Hornets.

Reds boss Keith Hill heads into Saturday’s match at Watford with ‘’no injuries’’ to his side from Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

“We’ve got a certain strategy, but you’ve got to be able to play under pressure. Some players prosper, some players don’t. For me, it will improve our players’ approach to football.

“There’s a collective fight and we’re all in it together.

“I think we’re creating enough opportunities, we’re getting in there. It’s making sure the icing on the cake, which is the end product, is dispatched.”

“Quite often when you’re struggling players don’t want the ball, but we’ve not seen that. We are getting into the final third.



Hill was tempted to rest top-scorer Craig Davies on Tuesday with the striker still recovering from his recent hamstring injury but opted to utilise the Reds’ number nine from the start.

“His (Craig Davies’) partnership with Marcus (Tudgay) has been effective. There’s more to come because he’s not quite match sharp yet. We’ve got to build him back up now because he’s not quite match sharp.”



“We’re just going to go with our strategy. I watched Wigan last night against Man City, they were excellent up to a point and they aimed to retain the ball. On another day they could have got something out of the game.

“Maybe they’ll surprise the Championship a little bit.

Turning his attention to Saturday’s opponents, Hill added, “They’re playing very well. They’ve recruited excellently; unknown players to a lot of managers in the Championship. They’re a club who are hell-bent on getting to the Premier League.

“We’ve retained the ball well but we’ve got to really attack the opposition. We’ve got to be effective by playing at a high tempo.”


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