Barnsley: Boss Paul Heckingbottom targets more Reds cup success

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Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom wants his side to replicate last season and go on another cup run.

Progression in last year’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, which the club won, really revitalised the Reds’ season.

Heckingbottom’s boys’ League Cup campaign gets under way tonight when they host Northampton Town at Oakwell.

The Cobblers were promoted last term, like the Reds, and Heckingbottom knows they will still have momentum on their side.

He is wary of the treat the League One outfit will pose.

“They’ve made a few good signings so they’ll be tough,” he said. said Heckingbottom. “They’re bringing their qualities from last season up a league, and they’ll see us as some sort of scalp too.

“The main focus is to obviously win the match. You don’t know who you’ll come up against in the next round. It could be a great stadium, a great manager or great players, and that’s where you want to be.

“It brings some more revenue to the club and hopefully we can go on a good cup run.

“They’re coming here with nothing to lose.”

The Reds fell to an opening-day defeat to Ipswich but Heckingbottom was pleased with his players’ display

Meanwhile, Lewin Nyatanga joined the Cobblers on loan yesterday afternoon.

The terms of the agreement mean Nyatanga will be unavailable for selection for the cup clash between the two sides.

The centre-back, who was on the bench during Saturday’s 4-2 defeat, has gone to Sixfields Stadium on a season-long deal.

The former Welsh international played 28 times during the Reds’ memorable double success last term.

But he didn’t feature after Heckingbottom took the helm at Oakwell following Lee Johnson’s move to Bristol City.

The Barnsley boss bolstered his defence last week with Angus MacDonald from Torquay United.

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