Brighton are just like us, says Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom

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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom is looking forward to playing a side similar to Barnsley when they face Brighton tomorrow.

The Reds are unbeaten in the last three games against the Seagulls, who agonisingly missed out on automatic promotion by goal difference last season.

Heckingbottom, 39, enjoys watching Chris Hughton’s side play and believes it will be another great test for his players against a good Championship side.

“I like watching them play because they play like we do and try to score goals in similar ways,” admitted Heckingbottom, who saw the club’s three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of 10-man Reading last weekend.

“They’re a great side, a real tough team to play but we expect nothing less.

“They’re similar to us in a lot of way, the way they set up and they have key players in similar position to us and I really like them.

“They’re going to be a threat. They’re really organised from set plays and play with a high tempo.

“They’ve spent again in the window and strengthened even further.

“It’ll be a really hard game against a side that is always up there year after year and they were unlucky not to be promoted last season.”

Aiden White is likely to miss the trip down south with a torn gluteal muscle, having not trained so far this week.

On a positive injury note James Bree is back training with the first team and with three games inside a week Heckingbottom is adamant there will be changes made.

And it is times like these where the Barnsley boss is thankful for the amount of recruitment the club did in the summer, with a rule change meaning you cannot bring players in on loan after the transfer window.

“We’ve got three games in seven days and three big games for us,” admitted Heckingbottom.

“There will definitely be changes because we’ve got a big long journey as well.”

“We’ve already seen the benefits on having that extra quality on the bench.

“On the sidelines at Preston we made a couple of great subs, got some legs up top and score a great goal.

“The message to the players that it isn’t just the 11 that start but the 11 that finish are just as important to the outcome of the game.

“Mentally the players can cope with the hectic schedule, we know that, but physically it’s draining for them.

Elsewhere forward Omari Patrick has joined the club’s development set up.