Date: 31st July 2017 at 2:34pm
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A poor second half showing meant Barnsley go into the Championship campaign off the back of a heavy defeat against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham, relegated last season.

Four unanswered second half goals saw the Reds thrashed 4-0 at the New York Stadium.

It could have been different had Adam Hammill not missed an early penalty. Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo, who scored a brace in the last win, was brought down but Hammill saw his spot kick saved by Rotherham goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell.

Adam Davies was beaten for the first time when Jamie Proctor followed up after Davies’ initial save. His second soon followed and the match ball was claimed when the forward completed a nine minute hat trick.

Rotherham had the final say when Keiffer Moore finished into an empty net on an afternoon for Barnsley to forget.

Paul Heckingbottom, as you could imagine, wasn’t a happy man following the defeat but feels Barnsley were ‘punished’ by the Millers having been fortunate against Rochdale prior.

The boss told the Official Website he’s now hoping the players will start listening to him a bit more instead of taking what he says as ‘being negative.’

‘We aren’t a five-a-side team. The players have to realise that you can’t play fancy, you can’t be soft in the Championship. You have to run hard, you’ve got to head the ball and want to win tackles. The only player definitely in contention for a start next week is Joe Williams because at least he got stuck in and made tackles,’ said Heckingbottom.

Adding: ‘Maybe the players will start listening to me now. Instead of thinking I’m just being negative. We got away with murder at Rochdale on Tuesday, and I told them that. But it’s the same again today only we’ve been punished.’

He went on to say the players needed to ‘man up’ now, which will definitely have to be the case against Bristol City to start the Championship season.

‘I keep saying it, but it’s down to the players. You can’t just be pretty players who don’t want to get hurt at this level. You need to be men, you need to do the ugly stuff when the opposition have the ball and impose yourself on the game.’

However, going off after a first half challenge, Heckingbottom admitted, despite the fact Lloyd Isgrove needed the minutes, he wasn’t prepared to take a chance on the winger but the boss is confident he’ll be fit for the Ashton Gate meeting.

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