Date: 17th September 2017 at 9:38pm
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Paul Heckingbottom was left frustrated by Barnsley’s failure to pose a goal threat against Aston Villa – whereas Villa were ruthless.

The Reds hoped to celebrate our 130th anniversary celebrations with a win at Oakwell but Aston Villa, who recorded their first away win of the season, in fact their first since March, ruined this with a 3-0 win on Saturday evening.

Adam Davies, the hero in some of the recent games having made a few very good saves, was at fault for the opener when he allowed Albert Adomah’s effort to slip through his legs. The goalkeeper was beaten against when Adomah converted from the penalty spot.

Victory was secured for Aston Villa when Keinan Davies headed home after the break.

Heckingbottom, who knows the visitors scored goals at the right time, thought the Reds had shown some good build up play but it broke down when it came to the final third, but Steve Bruce’s side showed no mercy.

‘We didn’t look a goal-threat. There was good play right up until the final bit, but Villa defended well and took the goals well. Going 1-0 behind made it really difficult, Villa defended really well today, they were very well organised, you could see they’d done a lot of work. So to go behind anyway was difficult enough, but 2-0 down at half-time made it really hard for us and we knew the third goal would be critical,’ he told the Official Website.

Adding: ‘And it was they who got it. And through one of the things I always bang on about. Where I talk about players being soft. We can never be five-a-side players. Glenn Whelan wins a header and then it’s down the side, they cross and it’s in. We have to compete better than that.’

The Reds will now head to Wembley for the League Cup third round meeting with Tottenham on Tuesday, which is a game the boss hopes the ‘lessons learned’ from Saturday’s defeat can be taken forward.

Wembley, the home for Spurs this season as they continue work on their new ground after leaving White Hart Lane, is a big occasion but Heckingbottom’s also keen to treat this like ‘another away game’ and one he’s hopeful of the Tykes winning.

Hecky said: ‘We haven’t taken any points from this game but there’s lots of lessons learned. We will now focus on Tuesday and it’s Wembley which whilst it’s not a proper Wembley trip like we’ve had in the past with the two wins in finals, it’s still big for the players. I’m just treating it as another away game and a game we’ll be trying to win.’

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