Date: 8th February 2016 at 10:04am
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Having taken charge of first team matters alongside Tommy Wright following the departure of Lee Johnson to Bristol City, Bury couldn’t have played out much better for Paul Heckingbottom.

Speaking to the Official Site following the three nil victory at Oakwell with goals coming from Marley Watkins, Sam Winnall and Adam Hammill, a delighted caretaker head coach explained.

‘Obviously the result is everything. We expected it to be tough and Bury to be tough opposition. We stressed that we didn’t want a hangover from Thursday, and the lads put in a performance. The mind-set and application had to be spot on, and it was. It was difficult to start with but then the lads were rewarded for all their hard work. As the game wore on we got stronger and we finished the game really well. We had a couple of chances first half which we couldn`t quite take and get the lead, then relax but the subs who came on had a good impact on the game and we got the goals at good times so the lads could enjoy themselves in the last 15 minutes.’

It was of course a seventh successive victory for Barnsley as well, and the interim gaffer was asked how that had been achieved and he was quick to point to the players themselves for playing their part in turning things around.

‘It is a good run but the players deserve the credit. They`ve done the work on the training ground, then gone out on to the pitch and performed. It`s the players that have stuck together when things have been difficult. Not every game we have dominated possession and chances, we`ve maybe won games we didn`t deserve to win but likewise there has been games where we`ve totally been on top and won easily. There`s a lot been crammed into a few days. At the beginning of the week it was all about Thursday, everyone was prepared for that and the performance was excellent. You could see the lads were pumped up and playing on adrenaline, but they handled it. All of them stepped up in what was a big game. This week is over now. It`s all been put to bed and the players are preparing now for what will be another tough game next week.’

Hopefully the run can continue and there won’t be a hangover from Johnson departing.

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