Date: 22nd February 2016 at 4:47pm
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Caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom and Ashley Fletcher have given their thoughts following the weekend’s victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Hosting the side at Oakwell for the game, Barnsley came out with a one nil victory with on loan Manchester United’s Fletcher getting the winning strike in the 81st minute or a hotly contested affair that clearly Barnsley dominated.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, the gaffer was rightly delighted to secure derby day spoils and he couldn’t have been more proud of the performance as Barnsley went to five straight League One victories.

‘I thought we should have been in front at half-time! We didn`t show the quality we`ve got in the final third today. We got in good positions and didn`t make the most of them so we needed to be more clinical so we had to wait to get the winner. You`ve got to be positive and I felt the goal was coming. We were the home team and we were on top, I tried to stress that to the players and the subs I made were all about being positive. Sometimes you have to be happy with a point but we felt we were in the ascendency and had to push for the winner, and luckily we got it.’

With it being Fletcher’s first ever career league goal on the day, he came in for specific praise from the gaffer for being the hero on the day.

‘Fletch has done terrific. I`ve been working really hard with him, he`s done extra work after training so the next time he gets his start he can have an impact from minute one. He doesn`t have to worry about lasting 90 minutes he can be brilliant for 60, then we can change it again. We`ve got good players in this squad to come on and make a difference. He`s pushing for a start, he keeps making an impact, he keeps backing himself and he believes he needs to start and he`s showing it by scoring goals.’

With nine wins in the last eleven matches, Heckingbottom was obviously delighted with the current form especially given the off pitch changes recently with former gaffer Lee Johnson departing.

‘It`s all about winning. It`s something I tried to stress to the younger players when I worked with them, you have to know how to win games. On the back of that we were more than a match to Gillingham, the performances have been excellent and we can control the performances, not always the outcome.’

With Fletcher getting the winning goal, he was obviously delighted when he spoke to the press in his own after game interviews.

‘I`ve had to wait a couple of games for it since Fleetwood, but I had the confidence it would come. I think it was a matter of putting the chances away, we worked really hard to combat against them and sniff them out. We broke on the counter and got the goal. They`re the kind of goals I like! They`re easy but they are hard, as well as you really have to concentrate.’

With it being his first goal, he admitted the somewhat barren spell had been disappointing, but as a striker you have to learn to cope with not scoring and ensure you are doing a team job until it clicks again for you.

‘This is the run strikers go through. It`s been a bit of a baron patch but I`m happy to get the goal today. It`s a real team effort and it showed today. The combinations we have now with myself coming in and the players that start, we have set a platform. We`re moving up the league and I hope we can keep going. The quality of the team is very very high, I don`t expect to start but hopefully I can keep scoring off the bench then I hope to be able to wriggle my way in. I think it`s important to keep winning. Last week was disappointing. I felt we did enough to get something out of the game but to get back to winnings ways is pleasing. To score my first league goal – I`m really happy. It`s up there with the Fleetwood goal. I think the Gaffer felt I could come on and make a difference. I don`t have my family here today, it`s the first game they`ve missed! But I`ve had lots of nice texts and tweets.’

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