Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom has told the club website that he has been excited to get revenge over Huddersfield Town all season.

In the last match against Huddersfield, the Tykes were very close to claiming a point in a 1-1 draw after Alfie Mawson equalised following an opener from Chris Lowe. However they suffered a huge blow when Jonathan Hogg claimed a late winner for the Terriers, with Heckingbottom feeling like they should have got a lot more out of that game.

Now that the rematch is set to take place this weekend, Heckingbottom is keen to right the wrong of the last game and claim an important win as the South Yorkshire club look to break into Sky Bet Championship play-off places. And with 17,000 fans set to pack out Oakwell for this Yorkshire derby, Barnsley will be keen to win a game they felt like they should have won a few months ago.

Heckingbottom said: “I’ve been looking forward to this one since they scored in the 96th minute, I wanted to play them the following weekend, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time and I hope everyone has been the same.”

“I’d rather that was how I feel and that we have roles reversed on Saturday. When we played them away, I was in two minds because we had an even smaller squad at that point and we’d won a couple of games and we’d worked our socks off in those games, and you’re thinking what do we need to change, but we couldn’t really change too much.”
“A few minutes in I though I’ve got this wrong but we didn’t have the opportunity to freshen it up which was getting to me, we made changes at half time and told them the plan for the second half and that worked a treat.”
“We might have corrected this, then we miss a big chance and they get a goal right at the very end which they’ll say is a great goal, I think that was Hogg’s first goal in years.”
“We wouldn’t have conceded that if we’d have changed and gone more aggressive but there were lots of things in that game looking back thinking let’s do that again on Saturday.”

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