Date: 31st July 2016 at 5:47pm
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom was again left pleased following the most recent pre season friendly against Peterborough United.

Travelling to London Road to face the League One side, Barnsley took a two nil victory in a game they largely dominated with goals coming from Josh Scowen and Stefan Payne.

With the Championship season kicking off next week, taking the win and the clean sheet will have been a particular delight for the gaffer with him saying we needed to be sharper in both boxes following earlier games.

Peterborough:

Tyler, White, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin, Forrester, J. Anderson (Da Silva Lopes 69) , Edwards, Maddison, Coulthirst (Nichols 69), P. Taylor.

Unused subs:

Bostwick, Nabi, Chettle.

Barnsley:

Townsend, Whyte, Roberts, Scowen, Hammill, Hourihane, Winnall (D’Ameidia 73), Yiadom, Bradshaw (Watkins 61, Mawson, Kent (Payne 77).

Unused subs:

Moncur, Lee, Nyatanga, Evans, Tuton, Walton.

Speaking to the Official Site following the full time whistle, Hecky was delighted at how competitive the game was given the impending kick off.

‘The two things that really pleased me is how competitive the game was, so it was good to be stretched and there was a real edge to the game. It`s worked out perfect for us that Peterborough had a real go. From the two centre forwards working their socks off, to the full-backs, everyone has had a test like what they will come up against next week.’

Adding.

‘The second thing was the clean sheet. They had a right go at us and we stuck in and managed to keep a clean sheet. We wanted to progress pre-season and get some real tests, and then put a League One team in who we thought would be as close as we can get to a Championship team. We were coming here trying to win the game and obviously Peterborough did the same and it made it a really competitive game.’

With Scowen and Payne both scoring headers in match, he went on to say that it had been a topic of conversation during the week.

‘Josh`s eyes lit up this week when I said he could go up for set-pieces. He had a cheeky grin after the goal. It was a good ball from Yids. We`ve been speaking to our full-backs and wide men about deliveries into the box, they all have to contribute, not just the wide men. Our full-backs are big attacking weapons for us.’

With Nick Townsend coming in for a second consecutive game with Adam Davies ruled out with injury from training, he ended by saying.

‘Nick made a couple of good saves. The players they`ve got, we know they shoot from distance, so Nick was ready for it and was tested a few times. To be fair on one or two he had to be quick off his line as well, he had a good game.’

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