Barnsley: Paul Heckingbottom calls on Reds to bounce back against Aston Villa

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Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom is looking for a swift reaction from his side after Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Brighton.

The Reds have no time to lick their wounds as they host 17th-placed Aston Villa under the lights at Oakwell tonight.

The club have never beaten Villa at home, with their only win against them coming in the Premiership in 1998 - their last meeting.

Heckingbottom believes his players can take absolutely no positives after their uncharacteristic horror show on at the weekend.

“We’ve looked at the game and there were a lot of things that just weren’t us, with the ball and without the ball in regards to how we pressed and how we organised,” admitted Heckingbottom.

“We’ll see against Villa how the players react. Each of the players have their clips in terms of their own individual bits.

“There’s always a couple of things we look at even after we win but there were numerous on Saturday.

“Villa have got a lot of experience and quality and they pose threats from all sorts of situations.

“They have threats off the bench too so it’ll be another tough game but one we’ll enjoy.

“I’m expecting them to throw everything at us to get a win. They want wins and they’ve not been getting many.

“They could have quite easily have turned their draws into wins. I was there at Huddersfield and they dominated the first half before Huddersfield got a late equaliser - and similar with Brentford.

“They could have easily have had an extra four points with two more wins.”

Aiden White remains an injury doubt while Celtic loanee Saidy Janko will be out until at least the end of the international break due to a thigh tear.

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