Forest 0-1 Barnsley: Post Match Reaction

"I'm really pleased with the performance" 

"We made a lot of changes, trying to freshen things up and play with a lot of energy but not getting too carried away either. We wanted to control the game, slow it down a bit when we had the ball and we knew we'd have enough quality to create chances. I felt first-half we had the better chances and should have been in front.

"I wanted more of the same second-half, knowing we did have fire-power from the bench if we needed it. Players who have played a lot during the season, and two days ago, I felt they'd have enough energy to come on and play 30, 40 minutes or whatever to win us the game. In all honesty, the game looked to be drifting towards a stalemate in the last 10 minutes but then a great strike from Conor wins us the game."
 
"It was some goal to win the game but that's what we've got in this team. We're always pushing the lads and getting them to believe we can win any game and we do that all the time, but sometimes it takes that bit of magic to get the breakthrough. But you can only - as always - win as a team. I thought Adam Davies had a real clean game, the two centre-halves were solid and the lads who've not played much performed really well too."
 
"The plan was always to go back to 4-4-2 second-half" 
"With the changes in personnel and the change of shape, we felt before the game it would allow us to be fresher in positions we're familiar with. It also helped us to counteract Forest and how they play, whether that be the 4-1-4-1 that they did go with or if they reverted to three at the back.
 
"Ryan Williams earned his start. He's been working really hard in training and we've not rushed him, he's earned it and he can be really pleased with his performance today."
 
"I'm looking at Blackpool away next week in the FA Cup, that's it! But of course it's a great start to the year and every win is a good win. We enjoy every one of them, we work really hard during the week and the players are giving absolutely everything and I think the fans are loving what they're seeing from their Barnsley team."


Hecky was talking to www.barnsleyfc.co.uk