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Heckingbottom: Penalty Summed up Reds' Performance

29 July 2015

Senior Development Coach Paul Heckingbottom caught up with after a Barnsley XI lost 1-0 at Frickley Athletic in pre-season.

A mixture of trialists and Academy players took part but Heckingbottom only reserved praise for 17-year-old goalkeeper Jack Walton.

"He (Jack Walton) was busy and the only lad who could come out with any credit," said Heckingbottom.

"We wanted to do better than that. First half, Jack Walton kept us in the game, really. The goal summed it up because he's made a save from the penalty, he's saved the rebound and then he's tapped it in at the third attempt. We've only had two defenders who have followed it in.

"That sort of summed up the first half."

Walton saves a penalty, and the rebound, but Frickley score at the third attempt

Heckingbottom's team suffered a repeat result of Friday night's 1-0 defeat to Barton Town Old Boys, but had chances to get a result.

"Excuses out of the way, we had a team with six trialists and it is difficult because they've only just met each other for the first time," he continued. "The reason we were outplayed in the first half was because they (Frickley) wanted to win the game. They were making tackles and winning headers. We never got a foothold of the game and we invited pressure on ourselves. The second half was a bit better as we played football in their half.

"We made a good game of it in the second half."

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