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Hill: Tykes are getting closer

28 November 2012

Keith Hill knows he has to start delivering results after Barnsley extended their winless run to eight games with a 1-1 draw against Burnley.

The Reds have not tasted success since their npower Championship victory over Charlton in mid-October and they had to rely on Marcus Tudgay's first-half header to rescue a point after falling behind to Charlie Austin's fourth-minute header.

"It was an uphill challenge after their goal but the way the lads responded was absolutely superb," Hill said. "They showed a lot of bravery and I am pleased with the way we played.

"I am pleased with a lot of aspects of what is happening, but what we are all focused on and what we have to achieve is the end result and there is something missing from everything we are doing.

"I am not fortunate enough to be a development manager who can lose every game as long as there is player development. There is a massive responsibility on me to get results.

"Performance-wise I am very happy and it is progress, definitely. I will wake up and look at the stats and if I can take away the scoreline, it will reflect very similar to the top teams in the league. The only thing missing is the scoreline, we are that close but are a million miles away."

Burnley led from early on after Austin's 21st goal of the season ended a three-game mini-drought and they could have left Oakwell with all three points, but Danny Ings fizzed a low effort into the post early in the second half.

Boss Sean Dyche knows it was not the best display from his side, but was happy to take a point.

"I am pleased with the outcome more than the performance," he said. "I wasn't pleased with the performance, particularly the first half. But we demand a lot from the players and we have to be realistic and know we might have a soft performance every now and then.

"So within that, the major positive was that we came out of it with a point. But the performance, especially in the first half, was not something that I was enjoying."

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