Date: 12th April 2016 at 4:09pm
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom and on loan Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove have backed Barnsley to get back on track tonight against Oldham Athletic.

With Play Off hopes and a second trip to Wembley taking a hit with last weekend’s two one loss to Chesterfield, both have backed the side to get back to winning ways later this evening as we host Oldham at Oakwell.

Beginning with Heckingbottom, he told the Official Site in his pre game press conference that spirits remained high, despite the weekend’s disappointment, and the battle for promotion certainly wasn’t over yet.

‘We were really disappointed with the result, it wasn`t what we were after. Looking back at the performance though, it was good. All the players tried to do what we asked of them and after going back through the game this morning with them, there`s some real good examples of what we want to do and how we want to do it so that`s brilliant. It was the goals against, we could have stopped them. The things we`ve been doing really well in the last few games which has made us win when we haven`t been playing great, we didn`t do.’

Ahead of Oldham though he confirmed a clean bill of health when it came to the players, and he was hoping that would continue for the remaining games in the season as we gave the Play Offs our best push.

‘Luckily now we`ve got everyone fit. Hopefully we can keep everyone fit between now and the end of the season, then give certain people opportunities they`ve not had and take other people in and out the team to keep it fresh and keep the energy we`ve got that we showed on Saturday. We need to play that way, we`ve got to win almost every game now so we`ve got to go for it. Let`s enjoy playing with tempo and a bit of freedom, trying to create chances. When you can`t do that because teams are sitting in against you, you still have to be tight at the other end.’

Speaking more specifically about the opposition later this evening, he went on to say that Tommy Wright would obviously be good for preparation given his work with their playing staff whilst former gaffer Lee Johnson was with them.

‘Tommy knows the players who are there inside out so in that regard, it`s similar to Chesterfield because we knew a lot of their players. It`s great for us, we know the players but what has changed since Shez (John Sheridan) has gone in there is the points they are picking up. I didn`t see too much of them before but I have watched a few Oldham games since he has gone in there and they are a lot more difficult to beat and they are playing with a lot more belief. We know it`s going to be tough and we know it`s going to be difficult as they are scrapping for their lives. It should turn out for a good game. They`re in good form, the league is like that, there`s not much between the teams in terms of standards. Some teams have real key individuals but once the organisation is right and the discipline and the confidence is there within the group, teams can be difficult to stop and we`ve seen that ourselves.’

As for the Play Offs more specifically, he went on to say when questioned.

‘Tomorrow night, Gillingham are at Walsall so regardless, if we win the gap is only four points straight away so that`s great for us. If we win and Walsall win, we`re only three points behind Gillingham so straight away you`re right back in the hunt. It`s far from over. Let`s get a great atmosphere here, play with the same energy and tempo and hopefully we get the three points. If not, we will have given everything and left everything on the pitch like the lads did Saturday.’

As for Isgrove, in his own interview he spoke about both Chesterfield and the Play Off run.

‘We`re six points adrift but it`s hard to say how many wins we`ll need for the play-offs because it changes every week. Different teams are winning and losing so it`s just going to be who gets a good run-in over the last six games. We`ve got six games left and we want to try and pick up as many points as we can.’

For the Chesterfield game itself.

‘It was a disappointing result and I thought we deserved a lot more with the chances that we had in the game. To come away with no points, not even one, after them going down to 10 men is really disappointing. It was all us, if anyone was going to score again it would have been us but we were unfortunate today.’

As for Play Off hopes, despite the defeat and building on his earlier words, he reflected on how Barnsley had turned their season around as proof as to why our promotion hopes weren’t yet over.

‘The achievement to this point has been good but we want to keep pushing as much as we can and get into the play-offs. At the time, I felt we needed a bit of luck to change things around. We weren`t really doing anything different, we were working hard on the training ground and taking it into matches. We got that result and we went on an incredibly good run but we`ll continue to push for the play-offs.’

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