Barnsley 0 - 1 Huddersfield Town

Match info: Championship at Oakwell Stadium

Date: 10/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Haywood Att: 12,130

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Jermaine Beckford 36

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  • Last Updated: November 10 2012, 19:35 GMT

Barnsley boss Keith Hill believes his players are suffering from a lack of confidence after his struggling side slipped to a fourth successive npower Championship defeat with a 1-0 loss to Huddersfield.

Keith Hill: Wants more from his players
Keith Hill: Wants more from his players

Terriers striker Jermaine Beckford scored the only goal of the game nine minutes before the break to extend the Tykes' winless run at Oakwell to six games.

Hill said: "It's not about the performance, it's about the result.

"Again, the performance was lacking penetration and I think it's obvious to everyone why we're not winning games and we're losing games.

"I just want to focus on one thing and it's definitely the result."

Barnsley striker Marlon Harewood tested Alex Smithies from range in the first half and Polish midfielder Tomasz Cywka fired narrowly over five minutes short of the interval.

Hill threw on Mido with around half an hour remaining but the Egyptian striker had little impact on his Tykes debut as the home side failed to create any clear-cut opportunities for a second-half equaliser.

Hill added: "The players are suffering with a lack of confidence. It looks like that, but we've got to pick them up and they've got to pick themselves up. We've got to play with that self-belief; that energy.

"I'm not too disappointed about the performance; it's a results driven business. The players have got to accept the challenges and have got to be able to express themselves with a freedom and no fear. They've got to forget about the pressures of the situation.

"The brain is the athlete and sometimes it plays tricks with your ability and I think we witnessed a little bit of that today."

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson praised the disciplined performance of his players as victory lifted the Terriers into the play-off places.

The decisive moment arrived when Simon Church swung a cross in from the left for Beckford to rise at the near post and nod his third goal of the season past Luke Steele.

Grayson said: "I thought throughout the course of the game we were very, not comfortable - because at 1-0 you're never comfortable in any game - but we created some good chances.

"The discipline of the team and the shape of the team got us through the game when other times we might have buckled under a little bit of pressure. Full credit to the players, they did ever so well because this is a difficult place to come to."

Town could have won by a bigger margin with Lee Novak and on-loan Reading striker Church both denied by recalled Barnsley goalkeeper Steele in the second period.

Grayson added: "I think the keeper made some fantastic saves and at 1-0 you're always vulnerable.

"I'm delighted that we saw out in a professional manner a 1-0 victory.

"We limited Barnsley to very few opportunities which was obviously pleasing as well."

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