Date: 7th May 2016 at 7:08am
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History has a funny way of repeating itself doesn’t it!

The teams involved are different a decade on from a win at Walsall to secure a play-off place in the 2005/06 season but Barnsley know a win at Wigan will keep Scunthorpe and Gillingham behind us.

Reds boss Paul Heckingbottom was involved that day at the Bescot Stadium (he gave away a penalty in our two-one win) with him telling the Yorkshire Post he can’t remember too much about the day but he would easily take a repeat of it.

‘You take it any which way and I would take that again; a 2-1. Although I honestly cannot remember the day. But we all know what is at stake like then and every game that we play in now will be monumental.’

He’s not doubting the challenge ahead of us but to be in this position is definitely something we would have taken.

Now he wants us to ‘finish the job’, adding.

‘It is a big challenge, but there is no mistaking what we have to go and do. We were hoping to be in this position for the last game and we are in it. I would rather be in the position we are in and we are pleased where we are and are delighted we have got ourselves in the mix and now it is down to finishing the job.’

Obviously a win over Colchester would have made things much easier for us, if that’s the right choice of words! But Heckingbottom knew it wasn’t ever a case of turning up and beating the already relegated U’s.

He finished by talking about this match specifically knowing Wigan are the best side in the league, hence why they’ve won the title but we can cause them problems.

‘Wigan are champions and their display at Oakwell scored what they are about. They are the best team in the league. But we played well against them away from home in the cup and our away form has been good and I think we will pose any teams problems away from home.’

Adding we’ve got to ’embrace the challenge’ ahead of us.

‘We have to embrace the challenge; we are going to sell 4,500 tickets which is amazing and they are part of this journey and ride and occasion. The atmosphere will be fantastic and the Wigan crowd will be celebrating. But we are there to go and do a job and we must have a determination and drive to spur us on, the fans as well. Wigan have achieved their goal and we are still fighting for ours and we go there as hungry as possible.’

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