Date: 18th February 2016 at 5:57pm
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Caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom has previewed the derby against Doncaster Rovers this weekend.

Beginning with Heckingbottom, in his own pre game press conference he told the Official Site that despite many making us favourites for the game given the recent run of form the side have been on, he doesn’t believe that’s the case as form rarely figures in a derby encounter.

‘Possibly we can be seen as favourites but the league has been upside down all season. It would be a nightmare league to bet on because League One will probably let you down each time. Does being regarded as favourites matter? Personally I don`t think it does, we just need to be the best team on the day and come away with the best result and be the most effective. We were disappointed with the game plan on Saturday against Gillingham and felt we could`ve been sharper but each game is different.’

As for team news for the match, Ryan Williams remains missing with his injury but there’s an outside chance that both Lewin Nyatanga and Josh Scowen could come back into his thoughts this weekend.

‘There are people carrying knocks and niggles given that we`ve been playing Saturday then Tuesday but it`s nothing we can`t manage. Lewin Nyatanga and Josh Scowen have been playing well in the under-21s while Jak McCourt is to train with the side today and everybody wants to be on the training ground. Everybody wants to be back when you`re doing well and winning because there`s a good atmosphere about the place. We`ve got a young group and the more they play, the more they know about how to manage their body, preparing for games and through training so everyone is managing something.’

Woth Kevin Long returning to Burnley following his loan spell expiring, the gaffer went on to say that there was a slight selection headache but he felt a few were ready to step up to the mark in his place.

‘Longy and Alfie played well during the good run but we have got three really good centre-halves at this football club. Any two of three that are playing well are more than capable of stepping in and it`s an opportunity for Robbo or Lewin to step in and then try and keep the shirt.’

Going back to Williams, he went on to explain he had suffered a setback in his recovery and was out fullstop for the immediate future.

‘The first thing for Ryan is we have to get him back on the training ground and training regularly. We have to manage Ryan back to training. Then we have to get his body to cope with the demands of training and it`s disappointing for the player and for the football club.’

As for his position and the new head coach search, he admitted nothing had changed on that front.

‘Nothing has changed in the short term, the club have issued statements saying in the short-term they`re happy with how things are going and that`s all we know. There`s nothing more to say on that. In terms of the job itself, things do feel as though they have settled down and the players are settling down too. It`s not about me getting the job it`s about us getting the points. It`s not put any different slant on it, it affects my role but in terms of the players and the football club we want to win every game. I`ve been here a long time, nothing changed aside from aspects and decisions. I’m a Barnsley lad and fan, not trying to build CV to get a move elsewhere, I`m happy here – that`s how it is.’

As for Doncaster more specifically with their change of manager factored in, he went on to say we would approach the game the same way.

‘Last time it was a frustrating game and it will be a completely different game this time. Both teams have new managers so it`ll be different and of course it`s a Yorkshire derby. I was asked a question the other day about derbies and I think they have changed in last 10-15 years and they`re different games both on the pitch and watching it from the stands. Hopefully we`ll get more fans through the gate and have a good atmosphere, which ultimately leads to an end-to-end passionate game.’

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