Keith Hill wants Barnsley fear-free at Leicester

Manager Keith Hill believes Barnsley can play without fear when they travel to big-spending Leicester City on Saturday.

Hill acknowledged the size of the task facing his struggling side.

He told the club website:  "If you look at the squad Leicester have, players are playing for their place.

"I'm looking forward to the possibility of bouncing with the players playing fear-free, because I put an expectation on players to go out and produce."

Barnsley's last eight league matches

  • Watford (a) L 4-1
  • Burnley (h) D 1-1
  • Cardiff (h) L 1-2
  • Bolton (a) D 1-1
  • Huddersfield (h) L 0-1
  • Derby (a) L 2-0
  • Hull (a) L 1-0
  • Nottingham Forest (h) L 1-4

Barnsley were beaten 4-1 at Watford in their previous match, a result that left the Tykes one place and two points above the Championship relegation zone.

They have won just one of their last 13 league matches, away at Charlton on 20 October.

"The mood in the camp is OK," Hill maintained. "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. If we're successful or defeated on the day, we've got to be responsible.

"We're going through a transitional period and while we're doing that, we have to retain our Championship status."