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BREWERS AND TYKES HAVE ADAPTED WELL SAYS HECKINGBOTTOM

7 November 2016

BARNSLEY manager Paul Heckingbottom believes that both Burton Albion and the Tykes have adapted well to life in the Championship, having both been promoted from League One last season.

The Yorkshire club were promoted via the play-offs, to return to the second tier of English football after two years in League One, while Burton secured back-to-back automatic promotions with a second place finish. 

The Brewers and Heckingbottom’s men played out a 0-0 stalemate at the Pirelli Stadium as Nigel Clough’s side made it four games unbeaten at home, and the Barnsley boss feels that both teams have given a good account of themselves over the first third of the campaign.

“The pleasing thing is, and I’m sure Nigel will say the same, is that we have both been able to win games, score goals and make it difficult for opponents.

“That is probably always your worry when you go up, what is the step up going to be? Are we going to cope? Are we going to win games? Are we going to amass points? And up to this point we have both been picking up points so I think we are doing okay.

“Teams are sort of respecting us now, which in a what makes it harder, but I think that both myself and Nigel will be pleased with where we are, but not satisfied, you have to keep trying to get more, get better and win even more games.”

The goalless draw means that Burton have now kept clean sheets in each of their last three home games. The Brewers remain in 18th position and go into the international break four points clear of the relegation zone. The result saw Barnsley drop to 13th place and five points adrift of the play-off places.


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