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Hecky: "We could have and should have got something out of that."

4 March 2017

Head Coach disappointed not to have taken at least a point away from Pride Park this afternoon.

Barnsley Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom feels his side should have taken something from this afternoon's clash with Derby County.

Goals from David Nugent and Tom Ince helped the Rams to a 2-1 win, with Matty James' first goal for the club proving merely a consolation.

Despite the result, 'Hecky' feels it is testament to the side that they are leaving Pride Park disappointed they have not taken a positive result from the game.

He said: "Everyone's being saying it to me after the game and I think I'm a bit more dejected than I should be because people are saying we could have and should have got something out of the game and it's probably a reflection of how far we've come that the boys are coming off really disappointed with the goals we've conceded. 

"I'm coming off a little bit disappointed with one or two individual performances because I know how well they can play and I didn't think we gave a true account of ourselves today. I'll watch it back and hopefully put a but more of a perspective on that.

"It's a testament to the players and their application and attitude and the standards they've set. They're always disappointed when we lose and it's been a while since we've been beaten away. It's a feeling I don't like and the players don't like it. I know and they know that we could have done better and we have to put perspective on it, otherwise you can drive yourself crazy.

"We know we can play our best game and get beat, likewise today we were a little bit off it and we should have got something out of the game. There's games when we've played our best game and won, there's games when we've played worse than that this season, like I say, that's just the difficult part."

Barnsley started the game incredibly well, with Adam Armstrong firing three early chances on target and the Reds looking incredibly quick in possession.

He felt the equaliser straight after taking the lead rocked the Reds, and that the second goal ultimately killed them off, despite a couple of late chances.

The Head Coach gave his thoughts on the game.

"I thought for the first 25 minutes we were the better side, I'm looking at the stats, chances and shots and did we have that many? I'm on a bit of a downer from the game but we definitely started better, they got on top at the end of the first half and we got the first goal and I thought we took control of the game.

"Even for Derby's huffing and puffing and good play, I thought we were in control. The timing of the goals killed us, after scoring and looking comfortable, the ball drops for Tom Ince, the last person you want it to fall to and he put it away.

"Then straight after making subs, within 10 seconds they get the second and that was a soft goal on our part. The timing knocked the stuffing out of us but we finished the game strongly. We could have got something out of it, but we didn't. 

"My job and the players' job will be looking at why we didn't and what we can do better," he added.

The goal from Matty James was something that Heckingbottom said the Reds had been working well on in training and felt they could use it to good effect against the Rams.

Despite the result, 'Hecky' was pleased the routine worked and stressed the next 48 hours will be focused on recovery ahead of the trip to QPR.

"Well that's what you do," he said. "That's our job but the players have to go and execute it. We've done it before but every now and then you focus on things you think are more important for the game and we thought that would be a good weapon.

"I'm just disappointed we couldn't go on after taking the lead. Recovery is big for us now, a lot of the boys who played for us will be starting again on Tuesday. We'll look at the team, see where we can freshen it up and get a positive result.

"It's not pressure, it's a desire to do well, when you watch us play, even today, there's an intensity to how we try and play. We maybe lacked the quality today but we always play with a drive and energy and that's what we do because we demand a lot and the players demand a lot."

Over 60 Reds fans walked the 50 plus miles from Oakwell to Pride Park for this afternoon's match, raising thousands of pounds for male suicide charity CALM in the process.

'Hecky' was thrilled with their efforts in walking the distance to make it to the game before kick off and for the fellow 2,500 away fans for making the journey to Derby.

"It's great, things like that only help to put a positive spin on the club. We do good things on the pitch and everybody works hard off the pitch so any sort of fundraising, things where we can raise the profile of the club in a positive way then it's great to see.

"They've been backing us, especially away from home, turning out in their numbers. We've had some good grounds to come to and some good performances, some positive results, but today wasn't one of those days," he added.

Watch the full interview with the Head Coach on Barnsley PlayerHD by CLICKING HERE!

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