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Opposition view: Heckingbottom and Hammill

31 March 2017


Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom believes the atmosphere at Oakwell will play into his side’s hands.

Wednesday beat the Reds 2-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season at Hillsborough but the former Owls left back says his team will have plenty of fight in them on Saturday.

Heckingbottom said: “We have to use that atmosphere to our advantage, we have to make sure it’s as lively and energetic as possible and enjoy the game.

“I feel better when a game is like that, I enjoy it more and the players do as well and we’ll use that atmosphere to our advantage.



“In the last game, Adam Hammill came on as a substitute at Hillsborough and he was doing great until he got sent off so I’m sure he’s looking forward to the game, as all the players are.

“For some it will be their first derby, Adam has probably experienced more than most and can pass that onto the players.

“The atmosphere will be great, it will be a full house and we have a lot of fight left in us. It deserves to be the biggest one of the season.”

Tykes winger Adam Hammill was dismissed for a challenge on Owls midfielder Sam Hutchinson back in December and he says it will give him an extra incentive to do well in Saturday’s derby clash.

Hammill added: "It's a local derby, it's a game everyone will be talking about; at work, in schools. I've already had people pulling me about it. The lads know what this game means to the fans.

"For me on a personal level, there's an extra incentive. Obviously in the last game I was sent off and I don't think it was warranted.



"You've got to respect the rules and accept the referee's decision, but in games like this, fans want to see the challenges, the flair and it all adds spice to the proceedings.

"We want to get back on a good run and what better way to kick that off than on Saturday in a big derby game?” 


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