Date: 22nd February 2016 at 5:01pm
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Caretaker gaffer Paul Heckingbottom’s pleasure with the weekend’s Doncaster result was well known, and now it’s a case of turning eyes to Bury in the midweek encounter.

With a trip to Gigg Lane and Bury up next for Barnsley in Tuesday evenings clash, Heckingbottom’s pre game press conference has now been held and here’s what he had to say.

Opening with an injury update as he spoke to the press and the Official Site, he talked about Aidy White and Ryan Williams.

White:

‘He went straight to hospital and had an x-ray, which showed nothing conclusive, no break so we`re lucky in that respect. We`re now waiting for another opinion on the x-ray and then a scan. We hope it`s not too bad, hopefully he`ll be back sooner rather than later.’

Williams:

‘Ryan Williams is still out. It`s not a short-term thing, it`ll be a while before he`s back. The boys who aren`t in the team at the minute need to keep themselves ready for any injuries or suspensions that may come.’

With the long overdue win over Doncaster, his thoughts obviously turned back to that game and the clean sheet and he said it had definitely seen another spring in the step of the players on the short return to training ahead of Bury.

‘It was an important win. Our record over the last few years at Oakwell against Donny hasn`t been a great one, we`d spoken and stressed about the tempo we wanted to play at with and without the ball. It wasn`t the prettiest at times but I thought we were the better team and deserved the win. It was good to see a derby with a bit of action, it was played at a high tempo, both teams were positive and worked hard. The clean sheets come from structure and organisation, with discipline and the effort of the players. Even at Gillingham we conceded two with only two shots on target which was disappointing. We can`t just say it`s the back four, it`s the whole team showing desire to keep them. We`ve got a nice balance and that`s important, if we want to win games we`ve got to get that right. The lads are getting more experience. You can`t replicate game time and the pressure of being 1-0 up with two minutes to play, or chasing a game as we were at Gillingham. What you can do is get as near as possible to it on the training ground and that`s what we`ve tried to do over the last few months. It`s definitely worked with the work off the ball, we`ve tried to fast-track them and get as much information into them as we can and it`s worked.’

With a three nil win over Bury only a few weeks ago to boost confidence further, Heckingbottom was quick to say the opposition had improved since we last face them, so he was expecting this to be a different game so it was important we were ‘ready’ for the test they’d pose in front of their home fans.

‘Bury weren`t happy with the nature of their defeats. I went to watch the Sheffield United game and you could see they weren`t happy with their defeats. They`ve done a lot of work off the ball and it`s paid off, we know it`s going to be difficult. They`re a difficult team to play against anyway, we have to be ready to deal with that. They`ll want to beat us and put the last result right. The fact they`ve had two good results since will help them. They hit rock bottom against Coventry but have now turned a corner and they will take great confidence from the last two games. We`re on a good run, we`re full of confidence and we`ll go there trying to win the game. We`ll respect them and pay attention to the problems they cause but it`s all about what can we do to win the game.’

The club have also clarified matters for away fans following some late changes for the game.

Tomorrow evening’s Gigg Lane trip will see Barnsley fans accommodated in the West Stand and not the East Stand as printed on tickets following advice from Police and Bury’s safety officer. Signs will be up to show fans where to go.

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