Date: 26th March 2016 at 2:54pm
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It goes without saying Paul Heckingbottom would have wanted more from the game on Good Friday but was content with what could well prove to be a ‘valuable’ point come the end of the season.

Barnsley held onto a play-off place, for now anyway, following a goalless draw with Scunthorpe at Oakwell, which had seen a number of players miss out for various reasons.

A point, as he told the Official Website, helps the Reds to where we want to get to this season with it about a ‘fair result’ for the boss.

‘I think we have to be happy with a point after that and it could be a valuable point getting us to where we want to be at the end of the season. I thought we were poor first half. It was much better second half and we looked much more like the team we want to be and how we want to play. As the game got on we got stronger and if anyone was going to nick it, it was us, but the game is 90 minutes and I thought the point was probably a fair result.’

With Ashley Fletcher, Lloyd Isgrove, Callum Connolly and Sam Winnall all missing out along with James Bree and Marley Watkins, who have all been regulars in and around the first-team recently, he felt those who came in deserved credit for the part they played in a ninth cleansheet in 14-matches.

Heckingbottom admitted, with it his aim for the players to ‘pass and be brave in possession’, the first half wasn’t great with us ‘poor’ with the possession we had in the first half, not that Scunthorpe threatened too much.

Adding he’s fine with mistakes being made, he’ll accept that if we’re brave enough to get the ball back as a result if lost.

‘They`re trying to do that but I thought our quality was poor in possession and we kept making mistakes with the ball then giving away the ball in silly areas. I don`t really think Scunthorpe opened us up, we were just poor sometimes in possession but we wanted the boys to do that so we reassured them that there`s nothing wrong with making a mistake, just go get the ball back and be brave. We didn`t press the ball high enough up the pitch and take chances, so Ivan Toney was a bit isolated, but then likewise when we did have the ball there wasn`t enough runners in behind Ivan.’

In the end he felt the visitors were the side ‘hanging on’ for a point with Scunthorpe ‘keeper Luke Daniels forced into saves from Conor Hourihane in particular.

Finishing by admitting he was a little disappointed not to ‘nick it’ perhaps but wasn’t too down.

‘I`ve not seen it all back, but we had a free kick from Conor (Hourihane), a volley from Conor that hit a defenders head and Roberts` header. As it went on it was Scunthorpe trying to hold on for the point, so we were disappointed not to nick it and I honestly thought we would, but as it say it`s another good point to where we want to be.’

All eyes with be on Bradford this afternoon, who will be looking to reclaim sixth place when they face fellow promotion rivals (to us both) Millwall….

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