Date: 2nd May 2016 at 4:44pm
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Caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom has given his reaction to Barnsley keeping Play Off hopes alive with a point against Colchester at the weekend.

Hosting Colchester at Oakwell for the game, Barnsley had to come from behind to take advantage and then found themselves pegged back to two all with a 98th minute leveller from the visitors.

On loan Ashley Fletcher’s brace on the day kept us in pole position for the Play Off spots though in League One and it’s now down to the final day’s action to decide the last place.

Speaking to the Official Site Heckingbottom admitted disappointment that we didn’t take all three points on the day, but he insisted the squad would learn from the mistakes they made across the 90.

‘I`ve spent the last few minutes trying to put it in perspective and that is it, we`re where we want to be. In that game, I was so up and down at times but there`s lots of plusses in there and individual good stuff. The energy and work-rate was there but there was also some really bad decision-making and poor quality at times. We have to be better going forward and it`s a game to learn from but putting it in perspective, we have a chance of the play-offs in the last game. We`d been preparing for what would be a tough game all week and knew they`d have opportunities against us and we`d have opportunities against them. When they had 10 men and the striker in goal was when they really had their only attack. We have to be better, brighter and more ruthless. When it`s 2-1, your decision making needs to be a bit different. We still had everybody back doing their jobs when they did get the goal but we were a bit lax and we got punished.’

With Fletcher getting the brace, he came in for praise from the gaffer who said he was delighted with his work ethic on the day.

‘Ashley did well. We felt it was coming this week and we thought our centre forwards would cause them problems this week. Fletch was really positive and buoyant before the game and you sensed he`d have a good game. He got the two goals and most of our good play came from individual quality. If we`d have been more consistent with our quality and keeping possession, we`d have had more chances and if we`d have been more ruthless, we`d have taken them to make it an easier game. That`s been his most consistent game for 90 minutes. I thought he showed that in the first half against Sheffield United and we spoke about that this morning, how he can replicate that form over longer periods. He did it and fair play to him. The more time he spends here with us the more time he`s learning how to be effective using his attributes.’

With disappointment at the two points dropped though, Heckingbottom said he was most disappointed for the fans – especially with how they’ve stuck with the side through thick and thin this year.

‘I feel a little for the fans and we can`t hide how disappointed we are, that`s us as staff and the players because we missed out on a couple of points. I feel for the fans in that respect but they gave us great backing and support and that will help to pick the players up, not that we need picking up given we have a chance of the play-offs next week.’

Putting it in perspective again though, Heckingbottom admits the long term aim was to keep the Play Off hopes alive given the first half to the season the club had and the turn in form, so achieving that is something they’d have taken anyway.

‘It comes down to a game we were hoping for a long time ago and we`ve managed to get there. We have a lot riding on one game. The dressing room was flat, it`s sickening and not too much was said. We have to go through that game with a fine tooth comb and pick everything out of it because we have to learn. That`s the 11, the subs that came on, we have to be better than that. The players should be lifted without saying anything. They should be speaking about going to Wigan and trying to get in the play-offs. They shouldn`t need lifting, we`ll just have our same approach against Wigan. The lads have been great with their energy and mood the last five weeks and although results dictate our jobs, we can`t let them dictate our mood. We`ll be ready come next week.’

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