Caretaker Barnsely boss Paul Heckingbottom says his players are fully focused on the match against Chesterfield on Saturday after their cup success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The Tykes beat Oxford United in a thrilling final at Wembley last weekend, winning 3-2. But Heckingbottom said his players have their mind on all three points as the Spireites visit Oakwell.
Speaking to the Barnsley press he said: “We’ve flicked the switch, its Chesterfield now. Everyone has turned up today knowing the final has gone, it’s all about Chesterfield.
“We gave the lads the chance to get the final out of their system, to celebrate it, enjoy it and make the most of it, which we hope brought everyone together as a club. It gave the players a taste of success and left them wanting more.”
Chesterfield and Barnsley met at the start of the season as the Spireites ran out 3-1 winners. Despite an early Conor Wilkinson goal, second half goals from Jay O’Shea, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Morsy gave the Spireites all three points.
Eight months and later both sides still have something to play for. Barnsley sit four points off the play-off spots with a game in hand, while Chesterfield are fighting for their League One status. Heckingbottom reckons Saturday’s game will be tough as both teams need all the points they can get.
“The introduction of play-offs all those years ago means everyone is either chasing them or chasing points to stay in the league. The results the other day went against Chesterfield so there’ll be coming here fighting for their life again.
"They’ve got some good players, Danny (Wilson) has made a few signings when he went in and they’re performing well. It’s a massive, difficult game.”
“We don’t want the intensity to drop," he added. "We want to harness the intensity and drive from the cup final as you can be on a downer, we need to keep on at the players and keep pushing.”