Barmby keen to keep Fryatt at Hull

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Hull manager Nick Barmby is determined to keep 15-goal top scorer Matty Fryatt at the club after the striker's hat-trick earned them a 3-1 npower Championship victory over Barnsley.

The win, just the second in nine games for the Tigers, kept their slim play-off hopes alive, but Barmby is already looking beyond this season and highlighted Fryatt as a key component in his plan for success.

"Matty deserved his hat-trick, if you look at his third goal it's one of the best you'll see at the KC Stadium - certainly this season," Barmby said.

"That's what he can do. His all-round game is good, he works hard, he stretches teams and it allows other people to get on the ball. When he's on song he's as good as anyone in this division."

Responding to suggestions Fryatt could be on his way out of the club, Barmby added: "Where has this come from? He's put his house up for sale so he wants to leave?

"There has been no indication to me he wants to leave. As far as I know he loves it here. It's imperative we keep hold of our best players because we're building for the future. If I've got anything to do with it, he won't be going anywhere."

Barnsley have now lost eight of their last 10 games, but there was a silver lining for boss Keith Hill, with the club's Championship status secured courtesy of Coventry's defeat to Millwall.

Asked if relief was the overriding emotion, Hill said: "Definitely. I'd agree with that.

"Our form has been awful since the turn of the year. When I came in we were relegation favourites, but we've overcome that and we've done it within our financial structure. Our football club and the fans should be proud of that.

"It leaves a slightly bitter taste because our form up to January was excellent and gave us encouragement in terms of what we thought we were building."

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