Date: 15th February 2016 at 10:23am
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Caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom has given his thoughts following the weekend’s loss to Gillingham.

Travelling to the Priestfield Stadium for the game, Barnsley fell behind but worked hard to get back on level terms with Conor Hourihane finding the net just after the hour mark. Unfortunately Barnsley immediately switched off and the hosts got themselves back in front within 60 seconds and that was how the game ended.

With the seven game winning run coming to an end in such fashion, a disappointed gaffer told the Official Site in his post game press conference, that there was obviously disappointment and frustration in the dressing room as everybody knew they had let themselves down in the game.

‘I’m disappointed the run’s come to an end and the manner in which it did. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded because they had two attempts on target and scored two goals. You can imagine the frustration we’ve got in there. First half – we didn’t do enough with the ball. We competed and nullified their threats and didn’t impose ourselves on the game. At half time we asked for more positive play and tempo, playing forwards, creating chances. The lads responded really well but we just lacked that little bit of quality in the final third.’

Heckingbottom admitted he was more pleased with the second half showing, especially the way the side started and he felt they got their just deserts with the goal making it one all but then a lack of discipline cost us again.

‘We started bright in the second half and were on top. We got our rewards with a goal and then it’s a little lack of discipline from what we’ve worked on – being strong and controlling the middle of the pitch. Our two midfielders got split and we left a gap in the middle of the park. We needed cool heads at that moment and we’ve been punished. We didn’t make the most of our opportunities going forward. We had numerous shots blocked and we’ve missed the target on too many occasions. The run had to come to an end at some point, we’re just disappointed with the manner in which it did.’

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