HAS­SELL: BARNS­LEY HAVE STARTED NEXT YEAR’S BAT­TLE

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LONG-SERV­ING Barns­ley defender Bobby Has­sell says they will not be cel­e­brat­ing nar­rowly stay­ing up for too long as they need to start plan­ning for next sea­son.

A bat­tling 2-2 draw with Hud­der­s­field, cou­pled with Crys­tal Palace’s late win­ner over Peter­bor­ough, saw the Reds fin­ish a point ahead of rel­e­gated Posh on a des­per­ate fi­nal day.

It was a dra­matic es­cape af­ter they were rock bot­tom when David Fl­itcroft took over as man­ager from sacked Keith Hill in De­cem­ber.

But de­spite re­lief at stay­ing up – thanks to nine wins from 20 games – the defender, right, doesn’t want an­other rel­e­ga­tion dog-fight next term.

“Ev­ery­body wrote us off when we were bot­tom, but I al­ways be­lieved we could stay up,” he said.“I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we’ve shown some in­cred­i­ble char­ac­ter.

“It was un­bear­able lis­ten­ing to the scores come in, but it would have been a trav­esty if we’d gone down, af­ter our form since Christ­mas.

“We should be proud of what we’ve achieved, but not get too car­ried away be­cause we have fin­ished near the bot­tom. Hope­fully we can come back stronger.”

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