Date: 14th March 2016 at 11:23am
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has given his thoughts following the disappointing loss to Southend United at the weekend.

Hosting Phil Brown’s side at Oakwell for the game, Barnsley came out with a two nil loss on the day, and the frustration for the gaffer was in knowing that we had enough of the ball and enough chances on the day to have at least come out with a draw at the very least.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, obviously he was disappointed to see the six wins on the spin on home soil come to an end, but he felt there were positives he could take from the game given the performance – it was just that final bit in the last third we missed.

The result of course sees Barnsley slip from the Play Off spots.

‘It wasn`t a disappointing display, it was a disappointing result. We started sluggish and the first 15-20 minutes they started the brighter, which is what we wanted to do. But they did that and got the goal which was fully deserved. That kicked us into gear but the missed penalty was a blow for us. We definitely performed better second half, and if we had got the goal at any point we would have looked more likely to win the game. Credit to Southend, they`ve come here and done a real good job with a good game plan. They started bright and managed to control the game, dominate the referee and quieten our fans down so they`ll be really pleased. We`ll take things from this and move forward.’

Whilst admitting that Barnsley needed to do more to win games like that, he was obviously disappointed with the penalty and he agreed with the fans when it came to a foul on Marc Roberts in the build up to their opener.

‘When you watch it back, it is a foul. I said to the boys in the dressing room we shouldn`t be giving them the opportunity to foul. We need to be dominant and rise above them. We can`t be relying on referees to win us games, we have to be winning them ourselves.’

With a damn good start to 2016 though, he certainly wasn’t going to get too carried away following the full time whistle as we still have plenty to play for and remain in a good position.

‘If we had got a goal it would have lifted everyone and given us the momentum. The law of averages says sometimes things won`t go our way and today probably was that. We`re disappointed how we started, we responded well second half and looked threatening but we just couldn`t get that breakthrough.’

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