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Hecky: "We should have killed them off."

11 March 2017

Head Coach feels the Reds had the chances to beat the Tractor Boys, but slipped up at the final moment.

The Reds Head Coach faced the media after succumbing to a last minute equaliser at Oakwell against Ipswich Town. 

The visitors maintained their eight game unbeaten streak in the SkyBet Championship, with yet another draw.
 
Having taken the lead through Marley Watkins after 57 minute, The Reds’ couldn’t manage to see out the remainder of the game, as Tom Lawrence slotted home his 11th goal in as many games.  

Despite seeming to be in control of the game after following an uneventful first half, Hecky rued his sides’ lack of killer instinct, as the hosts were made to pay for squandering numerous chances.
 
He said: "We got what we deserved. We didn’t kill them off and it’s as simple as that. Ipswich showed what they’re all about, being resolute and playing right to the very end. However, I’m disappointed that we didn’t put the game to bed much earlier."
 
Barnsley looked certain to come away victorious, but with Matty James and Josh Scowen unfortunate to see their efforts saved, along with Adam Hamill failing to outwit visiting ‘keeper Bialkowski, the door was always open for Mick McCarthy’s side.
 
"We created enough chances to win the game, but one thing that does stand out is the number off target. Not only that, but we had great positions on the counter but couldn’t make the most of them. If we had scored more goals, the game would have been easier." he added.
 
Despite controlling the play throughout the second half, numerous opportunities were spurned. Yet, despite the late drama, Hecky was content with the all-round performance against a side that had the potential to pose threats all over the pitch.
 
Hecky said: "We prepared as well as we could for the game, in terms of what we delivered, I was pleased. Ipswich are a very difficult team to play against, they're so organised and never give anything away. Not only are they a physical side, but have options up-top, midfielders and wing-backs who like to get forward and deliver into dangerous areas. 

"It’s like a war of attrition and they keep grinding until you make a mistake, and credit to us, we didn’t give them much."
 
Despite the disappointing end to the game, the Reds Head Coach remained upbeat and reiterated the pleasure he took from his sides’ performance.
  
"It’s not nice when you concede like that, but we’re about performances. Things have been good in the last few games, but today, in regards to how we want to control the game and dictate the opposition, we did what we wanted, except score goals," the Head Coach added.

Watch the full interview with Paul Heckingbottom on Barnsley PlayerHD by clicking HERE!

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