Date: 23rd March 2016 at 4:10pm
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has previewed this week’s clash against Scunthorpe United.

With Barnsley facing off against Scunthorpe and Port Vale over the Easter Weekend period, Heckingbottom was in front of the press today for his usual pre game interviews, and here’s what he had to say to the Official Site.

Beginning with team news with internationals and injuries, he went on to say.

‘We`ve got lots missing through call-ups and injuries. Aidy White is back in training today and James Bree is progressing well with his hamstring. Marley Watkins hasn`t shaken off his dead calf, so obviously there is some bleeding in there that we can`t get out, he`s going to see a specialist so he`s not available. It`s an opportunity for people and we know we`ve got a good eleven whatever team we put out. It`s a case of people stepping up and staking their claim, trying to stay in the team for the next game.’

Speaking more specifically about the hosting of Scunthorpe at Oakwell on Friday, Heckingbottom went on to say that with only one defeat in the last eleven for the visitors, it was obviously going to be a tough match for us – especially with them appointing a new manager in midweek.

‘All I know is that Dawsy and Daws steadied the ship and got them chasing the play-offs. We`re expecting a team coming that are hungry and still chasing the top six. Graham Alexander has had success before, getting promoted to this league, so it will be interesting to see what he brings. We know in the short term that their players will react and be out to impress so it makes them even more dangerous. We have to be ready for it and factor that into our preparation to make sure we come out with a positive result. We`ve seen them play a few times, I saw them against Doncaster and they were far better. They played with a lot of energy, they`re an experience team that looked to win the ball high up and I came away thinking they would be a tough team to beat. We know if we play well enough we`ll give anyone a tough game so we`re focusing on what we can do and how we need to approach the game. The players are playing for places, not only for Wembley but chasing a play-off spot as well.’

With a quick turnaround of days between Friday and Easter Monday’s match, the gaffer went on to say that he’d had his eye on the Easter fixtures for a while really.

‘A while back we saw these two games and thought they`re two massive games for us. This weekend is probably the biggest coming up. We had it in our minds and nothing has changed. They`re two good teams, well organised and experienced. For different reasons they`re posing teams problems with their style of play. We`re going to chase every single point and see where it gets us. If we keep beating teams in and around us, people aren`t going to want to play us and show us the respect we deserve.’

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