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Heckingbottom's Burton Reaction

16 April 2016

Following today's goalless draw at Burton Albion, Paul Heckingbottom caught up with the press.

"You have to be happy with a point" he said. "As far as nil-nils go it was a good spectacle because both teams gave everything. It was high energy, high tempo. We felt, second half, we started really bright but our quality fizzled out in the final third.

"We had some good opportunities and didn't capitalise on them. To come to second in the league away from home, we've more than matched them so we've got to be satisfied with a point.

"We have to be pleased with our application. I said to the boys if we carry on playing like that with the same work rate for the remaining games, no can question it.

"Without giving too much away, it went exactly as we expected in the first half. I thought we were the better team.

"The clean sheets give you a great basis. As it panned out, we knew we were coming to a team who didn't give much away. 

"At times it worked really well but couldn't maintain our composure in the final third.

"There's no panic. If we'd have won today there's still four games to play. I just hope it goes down to the wire.

"It's unbelievable support away from home. They made themselves heard all game and the lads really responded. We need that support again on Tuesday."

Finally, Heckingbottom confirmed Marley Watkins will miss the rest of the season due to a broken jaw, whilst Aidy White and George Smith also picked up knocks this week.

"Big blow," said Heckingbottom of Watkins. "He gives everything. He's a tough lad and you can never question his application. We're disappointed with it.

"Aidy has an abdominal strain. George Smith suffered a hamstring pull on Thursday. It's sod's law! We had six loans, Callum Connolly goes back and we get three injured full-backs."




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