Date: 27th July 2016 at 7:24am
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has said that the Everton friendly has to be a lesson for the Barnsley players to ensure they are more clinical in both boxes this season.

Having gained promotion to the Championship via the League One Wembley Play Off route, Everton was the first defeat of the pre season campaign so far, but Heckingbottom believed it had been the perfect test to show the players exactly where we need further improvement this year.

Losing the match three nil at the weekend, Hecky told the Official Site that the difference in class between both sides should push the Barnsley players to the development he thinks they’re capable of.

‘We set up with a plan to get the players to understand what we`re about and first half they did. We wanted more of the same in the second half but the second goal killed us. They were bringing on internationals in the second half and we had lads who were playing the full 90 minutes. It was tough for them and tough to watch when they`re getting the runaround. We have to understand these games serve a purpose and at the end of the day, we`ve more than matched them for efforts on goal but they`ve come away with three goals. It has shown us we need to be ruthless in both boxes.’

Despite the loss, he was pleased with the attitude shown by the players when we went behind, and whilst there were positives he could take, the overriding factor was being sharper and more ruthless at both ends of the pitch given the quality we will face in the Championship next year.

‘We went in at half time and it was like a proper game of football and that`s what we need. We have another two before the start of the season and they`re much more realistic for us. They understand what we`re trying to do and the lads` application was good. I think we were a bit sloppy with the ball first half and we could have really hurt them. At the start of the second we did, but there is no truer saying in football than goals change games. Once you`re chasing at 2-0 it`s difficult.’

Overall though it was the test he wanted and he knew the experience for the players coming up against quality like that would set them up nicely for the year ahead.

‘There are going to be different tests in the Championship, that`s no disrespect to the League One players because many of them had played at a higher level. Week-in week-out, every player will pose different types of problems whether it be physically or by their tactics or positioning. We have to be ready for it and games like this will help prepare us for that.’

Barnsley:

Davies, Yiadom, Roberts, Mawson, White (Evans 84), Hammill, Moncur, Hourihane (Scowen 62), Lee (Bree 46), Bradshaw (Payne 62), Winnall.

Subs:

Townsend, D`Almeida, Nyatanga, Watkins, Tuton.

Everton:

Robles, Davies (Coleman 46), Holgate (Pennington 83), Galloway (Funes Mori 46), Baines (Oviedo 62), Besic (Grant 62), Gibson (McGeady 62), Lennon, Dowell (Barkley 46), Mirallas (Cleverley 62), Deulofeu (Tarashaj 62).

Subs: Stekelenburg, Grant.

24 year old Adam Davies was speaking after the game, and he focused on what he’d learned from the match in terms of the speed and sharpness of a side at Everton’s level.

‘It`s good to test yourself against one of the best teams in the Premier League, you could see the quality in their players. It was a shame about the result but it was important to get the 90 minutes under the belt for the lads that did play and we`ll kick on again on Tuesday. They don`t mess around in front of goal, whereas in League One you do get a little bit more time. As a goalkeeper, it isn`t that much different when facing the shots but it`s about having that little bit of sharpness to react.’

With Hull on Tuesday evening, Davies went on to say that the squad were determined to put the lessons into practice in that game.

‘It shows us we have to be ruthless in front of goal because we had a few chances that could have changed the game. If we went in at 1-1, it`s a different game completely but when they scored their second, they kept the ball off us and made us run. It was tough but that`s why they`re in the Premier League with their top players. We need to learn to take our chances and keep clean sheets.’

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