Date: 12th February 2016 at 8:31pm
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Caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom has previewed the trip to Gillingham this weekend.

With it being his first week in charge following the departure of Lee Johnson to Bristol City, Heckingbottom said it had been a very busy and hectic week for him as he adjusts to life in charge of the first team but an enjoyable one all the same.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference he explained.

‘It`s been an enjoyable week because everything has gone well. We have crammed a lot in this week. From the fans, the players, the staff, the owner, everyone has been busy but luckily enough everyone has been positive. Sunday was a massive result for the town, the team, everyone. After the big result on Thursday and getting to Wembley we were conscious that we didn`t want a hangover from that and we had to keep the same standards. We want to keep the same mentality which is a winning one, and we managed to do that. The performance was pleasing. We did look a bit slow to start with but we got stronger as it went on and won comfortably in the end.’

With Barnsley now five points off the Play Offs spots and with the Wembley date guaranteed, Heckingbottom went on to talk about how it could be a big season for the club – but it had to be taken one game at a time.

‘The lads have two things to play for. We`re chasing the trophy at Wembley which is massive and keeps everyone hungry. They have to keep their standards high to get in the team for Wembley, but looking beyond that we would love to still be in the hunt and chasing the final play-off spots. There`s a lot to play for, this is the reason the play-offs were brought in. We`ve got big challenges ahead but it`s what everyone wants. It`s come through everyone approaching every game trying to win it. We`ve told the players to keep Wembley out their minds and we`re working towards Gillingham. Gillingham are a good strong side, they`ve been up there from minute one. They`ve been scoring goals all season. They were up there when we beat them at Oakwell, they`ve always been chasing automatic. They`ll throw challenges at us. What will be, will be. We`re working towards everything we can.’

Earlier this evening the club also confirmed that goalkeeper Christian Dibble had now left Oakwell permanently.

The stopper heads to out now National League South side Chelmsford City FC on a permanent contract with his deal with us mutually terminated.

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