Date: 29th March 2016 at 5:55pm
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With an Easter Monday victory over Port Vale keeping Barnsley’s promotion hopes more than alive in 2015-16, head coach Paul Heckingbottom couldn’t have been more pleased with the performance on the day.

Making the trip to Vale Park for the game, Barnsley came out with a tenth clean sheet in 15 overall in the League One campaign and all three points were secured by skupper Conor Hourihane’s first half free kick.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a pleased gaffer explained that he was delighted with the return of four from six over the Easter Weekend as he knew they would be two tough games.

‘It`s a great result and a great four points from what we knew would be a difficult two games. We know we can play better than that, and we need to play better than that in the remaining seven league games. We have to pay credit to everything the boys did to keep another clean sheet which is fantastic, especially away from home and we keep saying that those clean sheets guarantee you at least a point. We`ve ground it out today away from home and I think that`s what we have been doing, away from home, especially.’

Heckingbottom went on to say that he felt we could’ve taken the win more comfortably on the day had we taken one of the other chances that came our way, but at this stage of the season it’s about points and we came back with three so he’s not going to overly argue it wasn’t more comfortable for us as we saw it out which was what we needed to do.

‘We would have loved to have taken one of the chances we had on the counter second half which I think would have proved massive in the state of the game, then we could have relaxed and had a different pattern in the last 15 or 20 minutes. We keep working on things we want to get better at and we need to get better at, but at the same time we need to keep reinforcing what we are doing well and to keep another clean sheet away from home against a team that`s flying at home shows we are doing something right. Some of it is definitely character and some is definitely discipline and organisation. They have to be willing to put their bodies on the line, head the ball, clear the ball, and like I said we knew we`d get chances on the counter attack and we`re a little bit frustrated that we didn`t take one of those chances.’

With promotion via the Play Offs a real possibility, Heckingbottom went on to add that the only focus really should be on just finishing as high up the table as we can rather than talking the bracket of the Play Off positions.

‘Every win is big. We set the players a challenge to target the teams in front of us, instead of looking behind. If we can keep winning and picking up points we`ll distance the gap between the teams chasing us, but we want to claw back the teams in front of us and that`s what we`re trying to do.’

With the next game being the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley on April 3, he went on to say.

‘We will debrief this game now as there were some important points to come out of it, then we can change focus to Sunday. It`s just another game we want to win. It might be different when we get down there but we`ll prepare in exactly the same way, why would we do anything different? We know what`s expected and we know what we need to do to win the game.’

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