PaulHeckingbottom was extremely pleased with the way his team responded against Oxford United in their latest match.
Barnsley were looking to keep their good run going, but they fell down to an early goal. Oxford went into the half-time break still with this slender advantage, but this did not last for long after Dunkley’s own goal just after the break. Barnsley were then able to capture the momentum and ride on a spell in the second half that completely turned around the match. Ashley Fletcher provided the second goal before Adam Hammill’s third goal for Barnsley appeared to make things safe.
Oxford, though, responded with a goal just two minutes later but it turned out to be a mere consolation. Barnsley held on for a famous victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. After lifting the title,Heckingbottom is aware that the club needs to keep their focus and do well in the league. He realises that the club now have a great opportunity to end the season on a high by finishing in the play-off places.Heckingbottom admitted that the first half display from his team was poor, but they made substantial improvements in the second to end up with a title.
Heckingbottom has won this trophy just a few weeks after taking over from Lee Johnson.“It’s probably the first time since I’ve taken over that they needed a bit of a kick up the backside. They know they needed it, too. It wasn’t a case of getting technical, they just needed a bit of a mental lift and to play with no fear. They had to show more aggression and take chances, and they did that in the end. Everyone knows they’ve got character and they showed it again. We were much better in that second half,” said Heckingbottom.