BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill didn’t add any new players to his squad yesterday before the transfer window shut.
But Hill did reveal he could still be tempted to dip into the loan market when more Premier League players become available throughout the next couple of months.
“It’s a possibility [we’ll dip into the loan market], not a probability,” revealed Hill. “I think as we progress through September one or two Premier League clubs will start wanting to loan out their players who aren’t getting a regular game and who need first team experience.
“That should loosen things up a little hit and it may encourage one or two Premier League managers to do business.
“But I’m optimistic about the squad of players we’ve accumulated and I do believe we can make an impact on the Championship.
“In a month or two we should have everyone back, which will give us the chance to rotate and brighten things up on the pitch.
“We’re down to 12 senior players at the moment with a lot of youngsters on the bench. We’re very short on numbers and we can’t put too much pressure on the young lads because they’re still learning. There is always players available in the transfer window, but they’ve got to the right type of player. I won’t be rushed in to buying someone.”
The Reds host in-form Bristol City this afternoon at Oakwell looking to get a measure of revenge for last year’s double defeat to Derek McInnes’ team.
A 2-1 home loss at Oakwell and a 2-0 defeat at Ashton Gate last season stick in the memory for Hill and his team as they look to get back on track following three successive defeats, two of which have come in the Championship. And with a staggering nine players still out injured Hill knows it’s going to be a tough ask against a side who are full of confidence following back-to-back home victories, 4-1 over Crystal Palace and 4-2 against Cardiff City.
“They’ve [Bristol] started well, started with confidence and are scoring goals,” added Hill. “But it’s just about us though rather than the opposition.
“We’ve got to cut out the individual mistakes, that’s what’s letting us down at the moment.
“As bad as we were against Brighton and we conceded five goals, three of those goals were avoidable. The three goals we conceded against Swansea were avoidable as well.”
The Reds have leaked 11 goals in their last three games, but Hill stressed he’s not worried going forward as long as his players cut out the mistakes they’re making.