Date: 28th August 2017 at 11:39am
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The faith shown in youth at Barnsley, as Liam Lindsay was handed his debut due to the suspension of captain Angus MacDonald, brought rewards as the Reds, in a first league meeting between the sides in a decade, recorded a 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

A scoreline Paul Heckingbottom believes had been coming.

Barnsley took the lead when on-loan Chelsea forward Ike Ugbo, 18, was afforded the time to finish into an empty net – four minutes later this was doubled when another teenager, 19 year old Harvey Barnes, volleyed in a cross from Adam Hammill.

The maiden Championship goals from the youngsters would have been enough but to make sure George Moncur, set up by Ugbo, rounded off the win with a third to secure a second win of the season and first clean sheet.

Heckingbottom was quoted post-match by the BBC: ‘I’m very happy and I’m pleased for the players because they’ve deserved it. I think it’s been coming, to be honest.’

The boss knows his side does have limitations but feels if the Reds play to the strengths we do have more often than not it’ll help mask the ‘weaknesses.’

Admittedly, Heckingbottom said the Tykes had to withstand some early Sunderland pressure, but having done so saw the rest take care of itself.

He added: ‘We have to play to our strengths and try and hide our weaknesses and I think we did that today. The most pleasing thing about the win was the storm we weathered at the beginning.’

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