Tar­get is hit by Reds, says Heck­ing­bot­tom

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

BARNS­LEY man­ager Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom was de­lighted with his play­ers after run­ning out com­fort­able win­ners against strug­gling Birm­ing­ham at Oak­well.

For­mer Reds’ favourite Marc Roberts had an early headed chance for Blues, but was de­nied by Adam Davies be­fore Tom Bradshaw opened the scor­ing for the hosts mo­ments later.

Ezekiel Fry­ers dou­bled the lead in the sec­ond half from a free­kick.

For Heck­ing­bot­tom, the main thing was to en­joy a solid, con­vinc­ing per­for­mance from his play­ers.

“We’ve prob­a­bly dom­i­nated games as much, if not more, than that at Oak­well and ei­ther drawn or lost,” said Heck­ing­bot­tom.

“So it’s nice to go out there and put in a good per­for­mance and get a good win.

“We were in a strong po­si­tion early doors, which was good.

“We al­ways want good starts, of course we do. I think the most pleas­ing bit for me was how we dealt with them (Birm­ing­ham).

“The long ball in terms of hit­ting (Sam) Gallagher or (Lukas) Jutkiewicz, we gen­er­ally com­peted or picked up the sec­ond, but we still tried to play. It was re­ally im­por­tant we did that.

“I’ve just been speak­ing about hit­ting the tar­get.

“They think I’m silly when I shout it that much, but cheap goals, you get them.

“I’ll not stop shout­ing at them if they don’t hit the tar­get. It’s not try­ing to score, but try­ing to hit the tar­get.

“For Fry­ers’s free-kick, he’s aim­ing for goal or some­body to get a touch, that’s his idea.”

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