Date: 24th May 2016 at 9:23am
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has been building up the League One Play Off final against Millwall, and admitted it would be pointless to try and contain Neil Harris’ side as it just wouldn’t play to our own strengths.

Speaking to the Star as the second trip to Wembley this season on Sunday nears, the gaffer explained that we’ll take the game to Millwall and approach it the same as every other game we’ve played this season – as ultimately that’s why we find ourselves where we do.

‘We`ve got pace and energy throughout the team so it`s pointless sitting back and trying to contain teams. We have to go at teams and try and affect them, because that`s the type of player we`ve got in the team. We`re playing to their strengths. We`ve got a group of players who are young so they`re athletic, they`re fit, so we play with pace. We try and use their strengths so the minimum is that the opposition have to match us. But then add to that the quality the players have got, and the belief when they apply themselves well and do the right things and make good decisions, then they`re a force. We`re a young side but as we`re giving them roles and responsibilities and asking them to do the same things over and over again they`re learning and getting better and better.’

Having only suffered three defeats since taking over from former manager Lee Johnson following his switch to Ashton Gate and Bristol City in February, the former Development Squad manager has 13 wins from his 21 games in charge and picked up the League One Manager of the Month award for March – and he’s been loving his time in charge quite rightly.

He also knows though the praise has to go to the players for their efforts for him.

‘It`s down to them. They`ve worked really hard to get where they are. That`s the pleasing thing; they appreciate how they`ve got there – they know it`s down to their hard work on the training ground and sticking to game plans. So it`s not by fluke that they`ve got there. The pleasing thing for me as the coach is they know how they`ve got there, so it`s easier for us to carry it on.’

Speaking of how he’s enjoyed his time, with speculation that the caretaker tag will be removed this summer, he ended by saying.

‘I love it, I really do. The football side of it`s amazing, I love working with the players. When you`re the one making the decisions and you`re the one with all the responsibility of looking after them you get to know them that little bit more. When you`re the one having to give them good news and bad news you get to know them a little bit better and you do become attached. I like the fact that you`re bothered about your players, and I like the fact that they`re bothered about the club and the town and getting results.’

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