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Hecky: "We're in a good place."

30 October 2017

The Reds head to the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow night for a 7:45pm kick off in the latest round of fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Before previewing that trip, the Barnsley Head Coach reflected upon the point earned in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday where a sublime goal from on-loan winger, Harvey Barnes grabbed the Reds a deserved share of the South Yorkshire derby spoils. 

"I've watched the game back now," Paul told us. "And I stand by what I said in the aftermath, that we showed a tremendous amount of desire and courage to fight our way back into the match.

"A lot of the issues were of our own doing, with little decisions wrong, information not quite getting through. And that put us on the back foot.

"But watching it back, Wednesday played well in that first half. But we defended better than I'd originally thought. The players fell back on all of the hard work we do on the training ground.

"And we remained a threat on the counter, which we didn't quite capitalise on once or twice. We definitely deserved something from the game and our mentality in the second half really pleased me."

There's been much discussion about which system the Reds fare better in this season, and Heckingbottom himself remarked upon the improvement once he changed shape at half time on Saturday when he spoke to the press, but with hindsight now, the gaffer believes he was probably too quick to make such a judgment.

He said today: "I think we did better than I'd originally thought, now I've had the time to look back at things. We had a good shape, especially in terms of keeping them out. 

"But we've seen it already in many games this season that you need to take your chances.

"As it stands, I think the personnel we have at the present time does lend itself more to the 4-3-3 system. I think it suits how we like to play. But we have to be able to mix it up and change shape, we will improve on that as we go along I'm sure of it."

Hecky finished today by looking at the week ahead, including tomorrow night's opponents, Burton Albion. 

With two games before the international break against sides in and around Barnsley in the league standings, some might suggest this is a big week for the Reds.

"I gave up looking at things like that a long time ago," Heckingbottom responded. 

"I think in my first season I didn't look that far ahead. I look back to the Colchester game here that season, and I've never seen so many heads dropped on the floor after that result, you know what I mean?

"But soon after we go and beat Wigan 4-1 away from home. So I can't believe people still talk or think like that. 

"We know it's a big week because we've another two games, after a gruelling Saturday, but we've got bodies fit and we're in a strong place. We are looking forward to tomorrow and will be looking to win the game as we always do."

Paul's full press conference video is over on iFollow.


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