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Hecky: "This team will always battle."

31 December 2016

Reds Head Coach impressed with the spirit shown by the side in their 2-2 draw with Birmingham.

Barnsley Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom was thrilled with his side's character in their 2-2 draw with Birmingham City this afternoon.

The Reds were reduced to 10-men early in the second half after Marc Roberts collided with Che Adams inside the area.

Lukas Jutkiewicz slammed home the penalty that earned the Blues a point, but Barnsley continued to create chances throughout the match.

Heckingbottom praised the nature in which they fought, despite their numerical disadvantage.

He said, "I was happier with the second half in terms of the state of the game and how we managed it with 10-men.

"This team will always battle and we did really, really well and had the better chances with 10-men.

"Some parts of the first half were excellent, our energy off the ball, pressing and the way that we won the ball back to cause them problems was really good.

"We felt at half time we weren't good enough with the ball, it was one area we could have and really should have been better, but we didn't get a chance to do that going down to 10-men five minutes into the second half."

Both Sam Winnall and Tom Bradshaw found the net for the Reds, taking their respective goal tallies to 11 and four for the Reds this season.

What impressed Hecky more was the nature in which the goals came about.

"They were two really good goals, but I'm really pleased that the strikers scored and they came from what we were working on which is always pleasing. 

"It gives everyone confidence and belief in what you're doing but there was one big area we wanted to be better second half but that all changed and went out the window, and you fall back on your defensive work.

"I only had to shout on two or three instructions which were needed in the second half because the boys fell back on all their hard work." said Heckingbottom.

Marc Roberts was sent off for the Reds after colliding with Che Adams early in the second half and the Head Coach gave his view of the decision.

"He'll learn from it but I'd have been upset if I'd not been given that penalty and the new rules state if you aren't making a genuine attempt to get the ball its a sending off.

"Now Robbo's not making an attempt to win the ball, it;s just the nature of their paths colliding, so that's where the decision was harsh, but we'll have to accept that.

"He will be missed but we've obviously got Jacko' back and it was a good thing to get minutes in him but it leaves us light in that position." he added.

The passing of Norman Rimmington earlier this week was something that was very poignant for the Head Coach and he praised the club for all their work.

"I've not really been involved in that," Hecky said. "I saw 'Rimmo' a couple of days ago and spoke to his family this week after his passing and I;ve been concerned with that and my thoughts and feelings have been concerned with that.

"The club have been fantastic in how they've put things together and I've just been told about it, the club have been terrific and I thought it was a nice touch, with Sam Winnall pointing to the armband after the second goal.

"That's how he was held, in such high regard, not only at the football club but in the Town as well."

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