Date: 11th July 2016 at 6:13am
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With Barnsley opening their pre season game campaign ahead of the Championship 2016/17 season on Saturday against Stalybridge Celtic, head coach Paul Heckingbottom has been giving his thoughts on what the game gave him and the squad this early on in pre season training.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game that saw goals from Adam Hammill and Jack Cowgill, Heckingbottom was pretty satisfied with the performance of the team and the effort they put in, but obviously it’s very early days at the moment so there’s plenty to be done before we open the campaign against Ipswich Town in early August.

‘It was a good run out, the first few games are put in as part of our training program and everyone has worked very hard up until today. On the ball we`d worked on a few things in training and we saw that today, it`s always great to see it in games so you can give feedback and tell them what they need to do to be in the starting 11. It`s good to be back playing and we`ve started well and this is only pre-season.’

One thing he picked out was that he was hoping for better chance creation in the next game against Guiseley, as he knows we can do better on that front when it comes to the final third.

‘First half we were pleased with everything up to the final third and put some crosses in, but not to the quality Sam Winnall and Marley Watkins wanted. We`ll work on that and we know we`ll get less opportunities this season to put them away but these are the games to work upon that.’

With plenty of changes for the second half, he also explained his thinking behind why the sides were selected as they were – and he also confirmed it would be very similar next Tuesday against Guiseley.

‘Those teams were already on the board in my room, it was just a case of filling in the gaps and that was it. I wanted to keep key partnerships together but everyone got 45 minutes. Everybody tried to do everything they were asked of them. The games show up everything the players need to work on in order to be a part of our team.’

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