Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom has told the Yorkshire Post that he wishes he was playing Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane rather than Wembley tomorrow night.
The Tykes have been able to fight through to the third round of the Carabao Cup after dramatic wins over Morecambe and Derby County and this has led to them being rewarded with a tie against Tottenham Hotspur. However because Tottenham have demolished their old home of White Hart Lane so they can rebuild a new stadium on that site, they are currently playing at Wembley while their home is being built.
Barnsley have got great memories of playing at Wembley after winning the Johnstone Paints Trophy before going on to clinch promotion after beating Millwall in the Sky bet League One play-off final. But even though it is one of the most iconic stadiums in the country that most players can only dream of playing at, Heckingbottom wishes that his team were set to play at White Hart Lane tomorrow night as this match doesn’t come close to matching the special status those two other games do.
He said: “It is only an away game and not a final. On the previous occasions, it was a final and you can’t replicate that.”
“A final is a final and you have to win and it is a different feeling and that is the big difference.”
“But the side is brand new and there are only Nick (Townsend), Adam (Hammill) and Adam (Davies) who have been there before. It is totally different now and an away game we will try and enjoy and one we are looking forward to.”
“Wembley is special, but for it to be (truly) special it has to be a final or an FA Cup semi (final) or something like that.”
When asked whether he would have wanted the game to be at White Hart Lane, Heckingbottom said: “Me personally, I would have. I have never been. But the boys want to play at Wembley.”