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Hecky: "I'm pleased with our performance."

10 September 2017

Paul Heckingbottom gave his reaction to yesterday's 1-1 draw against PNE at Deepdale.

The Reds fought back in their latest Sky Bet Championship clash to claim a deserved share of the spoils in Lancashire. 

A first Barnsley goal for Brad Potts two minutes after the hosts had taken the lead earned Heckingbottom's side their first point of the season on their travels. 

The Reds Gaffer was pleased with a lot of what he saw on display against what he described as a very 'tough' opponent. 

"I thought it was a good game," he told us. "I'm pleased with our performance. It was a decent game to watch with both teams going for it right to the end. There were lots of good performances, everyone contributed so I have to be pleased."

Both sides made chances to further their goal tally but it was the save from Reds 'keeper Adam Davies that stuck out for Hecky, with the Welshman pulling off a terrific stop deep into injury time. 

As he explained: "In fairness, everyone in front of Davo did great, but that was the one big moment for him. But we've come to expect that from him. It would have been cruel on us, because we defended our box very well but he's played his part with a real good save for us at the end."

In terms of his own team and the opportunities not taken, Paul told us that they probably lacked a bit of ruthlessness yesterday.

"We lacked quality in the final third at times, but I thought we had a bit more urgency in our play after the goal. We hit them well on the break, especially in the second half where I think we had that one that was cleared off the line. It's about being clinical, but I focus on the performances and seeing if the players are doing what we're trying to teach them, and that's what I saw out there today."

Heckingbottom gave a debut to recent signing Gary Gardner, but the on-loan Aston Villa midfielder limped off in the second half, but the Gaffer doesn't think any of the knocks picked up yesterday are too serious.

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