Date: 27th July 2016 at 7:25am
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With head coach Paul Heckingbottom saying that there were lessons to learn from the weekend’s defeat to Everton, the improvement against Hull City gave him reason to smile.

New signing Tom Bradshaw hit a brace in the game, and Heckingbottom believed we were the better side for large portions of the match. We were also leading the game two one until a late leveller from Hull stole a deserved victory at Oakwell.

Barnsley:

Townsend, Bree (Yiadom 59), Roberts, Mawson, White (Evans 46), Hammill (Lee 46), Hourihane (D`Almeida 71), Scowen, Watkins (Tuton 81), Bradshaw (Payne 77), Winnall (Moncur 46).

Subs:

Davies, Nyatanga.

Hull:

Kuciak, Elmohamady, Clackstone (Barkworth 59), Davies, Tymon, Clucas, Maloney (Meyler 77), Diame, Odemwingie (Olley 89), Diomande (Bowen 46), Luer (Hernandez 54).

Subs:

Jakupovic, Robertson, Ter Horst, Batty, Hinchcliffe.

Speaking to the Official Site Heckingbottom said that there were plenty of positives from the overall performance, but of course conceding the second goal late on did leave a taste of frustration at the full time whistle and left him feeling somewhat similar to Everton.

‘The game was similar to Everton in that we need to be more ruthless in both boxes, we squandered chances and they took their first chance. We`ve probably had way more chances in this game but Hull have been more ruthless than we have. Both our goals had touches of quality whereas we`re disappointed with how Hull scored but they take all messages that we`ve gone up a league and need to be more clinical. We`re scoring which is great, the build up to both was great and they had really clean elements but theirs are not how we try and play and that`s what we have to address.’

With everything he had said about Everton and then Hull, he was also quick to point out that pre season is false because sharpness and fitness levels are being increased – and equally the players know they are friendlies so there is a natural drop off.

‘Pre-season is false, no matter how well we`ve competed, it`s about whether can we see progression and us learning, that`s what it`s about now and getting us sharp for the season opener. You`re always guessing with pre-season, you set targets and fitness levels but that`s as far as we can go, it`s now about winning the league games.’

Adding that in terms of improvement, he couldn’t be more pleased even if there are improvements still to make.

‘Every single position is still up for grabs, we`ve got one friendly to go. For me, pre-season is in the way a bit now and I want to go out and win league games, they are our priority now. We have one more game to go but then the real test begins.’

Josh Scowen was also speaking after our second Premier League test, and he was confident that it would be a good year ahead for Barnsley following promotion.

‘We showed tonight against a Premier League team we can cut it, we just need to cut out little mistakes and we`ll try and pick up where we left off last season. The buzz is still there from last season and hopefully we can keep that going. It was a good workout, we conceded two sloppy goals but on the whole there was a lot of positives, including scoring two goals against Premier League opposition which we`ll take forward into the league. We just need to cut out the sloppy bits and we`ll go into the season positive and confident. We`re getting goals and if we cut out mistakes we`ll be fine. We had some chances, Tom scored two good goals but I think we looked good in the 90 minutes. All our strikers have given the gaffer something to think about and hopefully they can carry on their form in the new season. I think both of the last two games have been good tests. We`ll learn more from those as opposed to the non-league sides we faced before.’

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