Date: 8th March 2016 at 8:08am
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With Barnsley making it eleven wins in the last thirteen matches with a victory over Walsall at the weekend, Paul Heckingbottom couldn’t have been more thrilled with how Barnsley have kept there season going as we got to the so called business end of the year.

The three one win over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium moved the club into the Play Off positions and goes from Ashley Fletcher, Josh Brownhill and Harry Chapman were key to topping of another good performance.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game interviews given Barnsley turn from relegation worries into Wembley bound promotion hopefuls, he said of the game against our higher placed and in good form themselves opposition.

‘It`s a great victory away from home at someone higher above us in the league. The performance was a game of two halves. We were second best first half, but Fletch scored a great goal in an area of the pitch we did say we would get some joy. Our analysts watched their games which is their job, and credit to them. I thought we were miles off first half. There just wasn`t enough intensity there, we needed to press higher up the pitch and win the ball in their half. Then the other part we thought we were giving the ball away too cheaply. That`s what was said at half time, pass the ball and work hard, play with intensity to win the ball back. I might watch it back and think it was an even half but there were lots of things frustrating us that we thought we could get better at. To credit the players, they knew that at half time. It wasn`t a case of ranting and raving, it was specific points that we knew would help us.’

With the scores tied at the half time break with Walsall levelling, the reaction in the second period given his own words about the first, were the true delight as he called the improvement on show ‘fantastic’.

‘I thought the goals were fantastic and in terms of quality, we showed it. We passed the ball better, had more energy to our game and won the ball higher up the pitch and scored a couple of fantastic goals. We`re very, very pleased with that, but there`s other areas we want to get better at. They were fantastic goals and we know we have that quality in our team so it`s frustrating when we don`t show it. We know it`s difficult as the opposition set up to try and stop us now, teams are knowing our strengths and what we`re good at but I`m delighted for the lads. Fletch has done well since he has come back in the starting eleven, Browny did well all game and so did Harry Chapman. He was a threat on the counter attack, his understanding of the game was very good. He`s (Chapman) got a good head on young shoulders and the positions he took off the ball caused them problems. It was his anticipation and positioning that enabled him to counter and score a great goal. Walsall are a good team and they managed to get shots off on our goal which we thought we were a little bit loose at times and made it easy for them, but as a whole we were much better second half and deserved it.’

With a few back from injury and Adam Hammill back now from his suspension following the Southend game, Heckingbottom went on to say he was obviously excited by the selection headache he now has as people are stepping up and performing when he asks them to, a few deserve to be left out of the side.

‘Everyone has been coming off the bench and performing. We`re going to look at it as an opportunity for every player. If we think the team needs freshening up we have a full squad of players there good enough, and hungry enough to win games.’

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