Leeds United: Bad end to tough week for Barnsley boss Heckingbottom

Paul Heckingbottom.
Paul Heckingbottom.
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BarNSLEY’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship compounded a tough week for Barnsley in which they sacked their assistant head coach Tommy Wright.

It was alleged in the Daily Telegraph’s investigations into corruption in football that he took a £5,000 payment from undercover reporters posing as football agents.

“It’s not been a nice week,” said Reds boss Paul Heckingbottom.

“We just got on with it and tried to win, but it’s not been nice.

“It was never in doubt that the players would give me application, effort and keep on doing what we do. That’s what’s brought us success and that’s what we’ll keep relying on.”

Barnsley were camped in the Leeds half in the closing stages at Elland Road in search of a late equaliser after Charlie Taylor’s own goal had given them a lifeline.

But goals from Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez were enough to give the hosts a win that put them level on points with their Yorkshire rivals in the table.

“We’re disappointed with the result,” said Heckingbottom. “It’s the goals we’re really disappointed with.

“But there’s definitely more positives than negatives from that performance.”

United face Derby County after the international break. The Rams drew 1-1 with Reading on Saturday, having taken the lead through Matej Vydra (62), but were pegged back by George Evans’ 90th-minute leveller for the hosts.