Barnsley boss Keith Hill laments 'petulant' Ben Alnwick

Ben Alnwick

Barnsley boss Keith Hill says he has no choice but to bring in a new goalkeeper before the start of the Championship season after Ben Alnwick's red card.

Alnwick was sent off in injury time in Saturday's Capital One Cup victory over Rochdale for a headbutt.

His suspension, allied to Luke Steele's injury, means the only fit keeper the Tykes have is Lukas Lidakevicius, 19.

"I have to bring in another goalkeeper because Lukas isn't ready," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"Ben had the ball in his hands and it's just unexplainable what has happened. It was petulant.

"The ramifications of Ben being sent off are probably greater than if we'd been knocked out. We'd done a lot of work on him starting the season and that's now gone out of the window."

Alnwick was making his competitive debut for the Tykes having joined on a free transfer from Tottenham in the summer.

Hill had already made the last of his three substitutions when Alnwick was sent off meaning full-back Bobby Hassell went in goal for extra-time.

"We were stood on the touchline not knowing who to put in and next thing we know Bobby has taken the jersey," he added.

"He looked very small in goal when they were taking those penalties but his distribution and the saves he made were magnificent."

The Barnsley boss also confirmed the club will be taking a look at veteran striker Marlon Harewood, 32, this week after Sheffield Wednesday decided not to offer him a deal.

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