Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom has told BBC Sport that his daughter was very upset after Sam Winnall’s exuberant celebrations when he scored against them.

Just a few months ago, Winnall was a hero at Oakwell for his great performances as the Tykes were promoted from Sky Bet League One and then in establishing them in the Sky Bet Championship. However with him being in the best form of his life and his contract set to expire at the end of the season, it always seemed likely that he would leave in the January transfer window. And inevitably, he did but angered many fans when he made the short trip to sign for their South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

At the weekend, it was Winnall’s first match against Barnsley since leaving and it was as raucous as you’d expect. Early on in the game the match had to be stopped as a fan threw a Peppa Pig plush toy at Winnall and he was booed anytime he took a touch. However in what also became very predictable, Winnall would eventually score and decided to go mad celebrating instead of the muted celebration which has started to become the norm when scoring against your former team in recent years.

This obviously angered many Barnsley fans but one person who was particularly upset was Heckingbottom’s daughter. Revealing this, her dad said: “I didn’t see it, but it upset my little girl, she was fuming with him.”

“If she ever sees him, I’ll unleash her on him,”


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