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Hill: Stones Out But Hopeful on Davies

20 September 2012

Reds boss on injuries and Birmingham

“The one really negative performance was Brighton, but the players have come a long way and they’ve learned from that game. I was encouraged by performances since but it’s important we pick up points.”

“They’ve got a very good football team and a very good management team,” he added. “They’ll progressively get stronger and stronger. They’ve got good players to work with and it’s going to be a difficult task.

With respect to Birmingham, Hill is aware of their experience and threat at St Andrews.

“We’ve got a slight problem with Craig Davies. He’s picked up a bit of a groin strain. He’s fit enough to start games but in an ideal world he’d play 90 minutes. I don’t want to lose Craig Davies for any length of time.”

“Everybody we’ve got fit is in contention.  They do need training time and game time.”

“Maybe David Perkins can slip in there. He’s played right-back for me before. He’s got energy and he can be effective.

“He’s very sore,” said Hill of Stones. “With Bobby Hassell being out as well it limits us with respect to options. It’s a disappointment.

Starting with injuries, Hill revealed he’s without young starlet John Stones after suffering a late challenge on Tuesday.

Reds Manager Keith Hill caught up with the press ahead of Saturday’s visit to face Birmingham City in the npower Championship.

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