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Barnsley’s Heckingbottom fires back at Potts critics

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By Alex Beard

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has hit back at critics of under-fire midfielder Brad Potts, who was jeered by fans during Tuesday’s draw with QPR.

The former Blackpool man was the subject of boos from sections of the crowd at Oakwell, with his 80th minute substitution met by sarcastic applause.

And Heckingbottom has come to the defence of the 23-year-old, revealing to the Yorkshire Post that he played injured: “Brad Potts still has a heavily swollen ankle, which he did great to play with.

“That’s why I am disappointed with the reaction of the fans when he came off. We can’t be having that here, we have a team of players who work their socks off for the team.

“Everyone has got to understand the lad’s not missed minutes, not missed training. His ankle has swollen up like a balloon, but wants to train, wants to play.

“He got a dead leg early in the game, and ran himself into the ground. Going into the last ten minutes of his game he had gone, so we had to bring him off for than reason.”

With the Tykes failing to hold onto the lead given them by Harvey Barnes’ first-half strike, Luke Freeman snatching a late equaliser for Rangers, Heckingbottom has urged fans to keep the faith.

“The majority of our fans understand how hard we have worked to get to a certain position, then jumping backwards and having to start again.

“No one is as frustrated as me about that.”

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2 thoughts on “Barnsley’s Heckingbottom fires back at Potts critics

  1. Tony Broadhurst

    Totally agree with Hecky.
    The lad hasn’t had time to prove himself yet in this league.
    All our new players need to adjust to this league and it takes time, but when they gel, they can go onto greater things. (Hopefully with Barnsley).

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  2. Joe

    The treatment of potts was disgusting. I was there on tuesday. It was frustrating to watch the second half. Alot of it was spent under pressure. Potts was injured and also playng out of position. The fans. The few fans who sarcastically applauded the substitution of the lad should consider the effect this may have on a lads confidence, bearing in mind were not getting the results. All the sarcastic applause did was add to a lack of confidence going forward

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