With most people already condemning Barnsley to the drop after three games, the Tykes have responded well and the board must now stick by their new boss.

Keith Hill was a surprise appointment at Oakwell, following the departure of Mark Robins this summer, having spent his managerial career solely in the bottom two divisions.

But the 42-year-old impressed many during his time at Rochdale, getting the Lancashire club out of the bottom tier of English football for the first time in their history.

Some fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst though at the start of Barnsley’s 2011-12 campaign, especially with some of the Tykes summer transfer dealings.

Having lost star man Adam Hammill in January, Barnsley brought in several players from the lower leagues as Hill gambled on their ability to play at a higher level. Those placing football bets may have been worried by this.

Striker Craig Davies was signed from Chesterfield, midfielder David Perkins from Colchester and defender Scott Wiseman from Rochdale were among the new recruits.

No goals in their first three games, just one point from their opening three league matches and being dumped out of the Carling Cup at home by Morcambe was far from the ideal start.

But a new regime always needs time and Hill is starting to turn things around, with much improved displays and results in the last few weeks and the Tykes may yet have discovered a manger to take them forward. Anyone looking for football tips should bear this in mind.

A 2-1 win at last season's beaten play-off finalists Reading, has been followed by impressive draws against promotion hopefuls Millwall and Leicester.

Goals are still a concern for the Tykes but confidence is growing, and a loan capture over the next month could help propel them up to mid-table in the Championship. That would not only help confidence in the camp, but it would also buy the manager some more time to continue his Oakwell revolution.
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