Keith Andrews costs more than my entire squad, says Barnsley boss

BARNSLEY manager Keith Hill says there was no disgrace in his side’s 5-3 home defeat to Ipswich on Saturday, claiming he’d have to sell his entire squad just to sign Town’s two-goal skipper Keith Andrews.

“When you look at their team it’s a Premier League side,” said the Tykes boss, whose collection of lower league signings looked destined for a fifth straight win when 2-0 up at the break.

“The type of budget Ipswich have got compared to ours – there’s a gulf. If I wanted to recruit Keith Andrews for example I’d have to sell all my squad.”

He continued: “I think something must have happened in their dressing room at half-time. It was fight or flight syndrome for them really.

“We should have done better with three of their goals, but you can’t take anything away from Ipswich. I won’t take anything from them.

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“I didn’t see any arrogance from my players at half-time or a lack of application in the second half.

“It’s just when you go up against the calibre of player that Ipswich have got and they perform to the best of their ability – as they did in the second half – then it’s always going to be difficult.

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“We’re not just punching above our weight, we’re punching above everybody’s weight in this division. I’m really happy with the way things are going.”

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