Barnsley boss Keith Hill says his team will show no fear
Barnsley boss Keith Hill says his struggling side will show no fear when they face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.
City have scored 10 goals in their last two home games and have suffered just one defeat on home soil this season.
The Tykes, in contrast, have not won in their last nine games and were beaten 4-1 at Watford last time out.
Barnsley are teetering above the relegation zone but Hill has told his players to be brave and said there was solidarity in the Tykes camp.
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"If you look at the squad Leicester have, players are playing for their places," he said.
"I'm looking forward to the possibility of the players playing fear-free, because I put an expectation on players to go out and produce.
"The mood in the camp is fine. I've been in this situation as a player and there's solidarity in the camp.
"We've got good players with good values. Some players thrive, some players don't.
"Anything is possible. I just want the players to express themselves in a workmanlike manner and hold their heads high.
"We're going through a transitional period and, while we're doing that, we have to retain our Championship status."
Hill knows that the pressure will start to mount if he doesn't arrest their alarming slide, which has seen them pick up just one win in their last 13 games since their 5-0 victory at Birmingham City.
"The pressure increases when you don't get points – and I accept that," said Hill. "We need points, there's no doubt about that.
"There's a fighting challenge which lies ahead, but we don't fear it.
"Our appetite and enthusiasm hasn't been dampened because of our results, but confidence does play a massive part in how you play.
"Some lads hide it well and some lads don't. I've been there myself as a player and it's a tough when you're not winning.
"If you lose, and you have a bad performance as well, it can take you back to the drawing board.
"But you've got to have broad shoulders and fight your way out of trouble."