Ex-Sunderland defender leads Barnsley to Wembley again!

Caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom enjoys Barnsley's aggregate win over Walsall
Caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom enjoys Barnsley's aggregate win over Walsall
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Former Sunderland defender Paul Heckingbottom last night led Barnsley to Wembley for a second time this season.

The Oakwell caretaker boss oversaw a 3-1 win at Walsall to complete a 6-1 aggregate success in the League One play-off semi-final.

I think having already done it will help, yes,” said Heckingbottom, whose men lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last month. “It was not in the too distant past.

“We know what the venue is like and we know what to expect and we’ll be more than ready for it, definitely.”

“I’m delighted, obviously,” added Heckingbottom. “To get to the play-offs was the first objective and once we’d achieved that we wanted to get to Wembley, and we’ve done that.

“Now we want to go on and win it and go up.

“It was comfortable in the end, but it was only comfortable because we made it that way through hard work.”

Ex-Sunderland youngster Jordan Cook hit a superb long-range consolation for the Saddlers.