A 3-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough in midweek has left them in 21st position and with a lengthening injury list.
Ahead of today’s trip, Hill said: “To say we are down to the bare bones is an understatement, but we have to manage it.
“I don’t mind supporters taking things out on me, but there seems to be a feeling that some want to be proven right about the players we have recruited, that we shouldn’t have brought them to the club.
“Talking to Nigel Adkins (Southampton manager) and Tony Mowbray (Boro chief), we are poles apart financially and the market in which we are shopping for players. The majority of supporters have been superb and have been very supportive and I would like to thank them.
“The finances of retaining Championship status are not there for us so we need to do it in a different way. In the last two games we have met two giants in the Championship.”