West Ham striker Nouble arrives to boost Barnsley ahead of Southampton clash

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill says he can “take some encouragement” from Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at high-flying Middlesbrough into today’s tough clash at Championship leaders Southampton (kick-off 3pm).

Goals from Bart Ogbeche and Seb Hines gave Boro, who included former Red Adam Hammill in their starting line-up, the spoils and left the Reds without a win in four games.

It was also Barnsley’s fourth away defeat on the spin, something that doesn’t bode well ahead of the trip to St Mary’s.

But Hill is focusing on the positives following a tough few weeks and believes his men have a chance against the Saints if they continue to perform well.

“I’m pleased with the performance, not the result,” said Hill.

“But the result wasn’t decided by the opposition it was decided by individual errors by players.

“They’ll be forgiven, though, because they give me everything I expect from them.

“But I can take some encouragement going into the game against Southampton.”

The result leaves Barnsley in 16th and still 14 points above the relegation zone.

But they’ll be boosted with a new addition to the squad in the form of West Ham striker Frank Nouble, who’s penned a one-month loan deal at Oakwell.

The England U19 international has fallen down the pecking order at Upton Park, ironically behind Ricardo Vaz Te, who moved to the Hammers from Barnsley in January.

Nouble enjoyed a successful loan spell with League 2 side Gillingham earlier in the season and also spent some time on-loan at Barnsley last season. He’s set to go straight into Hill’s squad for the clash with Southampton.

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