Date: 4th April 2016 at 8:58pm
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has given his thoughts following Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final delight over Oxford United this weekend.

Making what many hope will be the first trip to Wembley this year, Oxford proved exactly why many tipped them for success this year taking the lead in the game on the half hour mark.

With the ebb and flow of the game Barnsley really came into their own and were boosted in the second half when an own goal following pressure levelled matters and quick fire strikes from on loan Manchester United man Fletcher on 68 and then Hamill on 74 meant that Oxford’s quick second – making the scores three two – was nothing more than a consolation, albeit fair to say a very edgy end to the game.

Speaking to the Official Site after lifting the trophy with the team, a pleased, proud and delighted Heckingbottom explained in his post game press interviews.

‘I`m buzzing. I`ve told the players they have got to enjoy this and make the most of it. That`s what you play for and today is a little bit special. We`ll be celebrating tonight. It`s not just the players, it`s the fans, the staff, the owner, the directors, everyone is together and that doesn`t happen often so we`ll have a good night tonight.’

With Barnsley finding themselves one nil down at the half time break, Heckingbottom was obviously asked what his half time message was for the side.

‘This is the first time that the lads needed a kick up the backside, they did need it and it wasn`t anything tactical, it was just a mind-set they had to change. We had to flick that switch, they had to play at a tempo with and without the ball and they did that. The pleasing thing second half is that we played better. We passed the ball quicker and that`s how we want to play. I thought that we held out really well and if anyone was going to score again it was going to be us.’

With one Wembley success in 2015-16 the hope is now for another trip in the League One Play Offs, and he went on to add.

‘We always got asked if Wembley would be a distraction. We had a little plan in place to make sure it wasn`t and it hasn`t been. Again, we`ll have a think about how we approach the next seven massive games in the league. We`ve achieved something. It`s been a strange season after the run of defeats then turning a corner. To get in the position we`re in now just outside the play-offs and win the final today, if we had not won something it would have been a disappointment. It`s a bit of a free one now – let`s go for the play-offs!’

Adding about league form.

‘We`ve been taking over two points a game which is championship form. We know we`ve been playing well, whether that be 3-0 or grinding out a 1-0. I`m just going to enjoy tonight, I enjoy what I do, even more so than I thought I would, I love it to bits.’

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