Video: Wigan victory gives Barnsley feelgood factor ahead of Walsall showdown

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PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM believes that Barnsley will carry a considerable feel-good bounce from last weekend’s outstanding 4-1 victory at Wigan into Saturday’s League One semi-final first leg at home to Walsall.

The Reds secured participation in the end-of-season lottery thanks to an outstanding final-day win at the champions - in front of 4,700 jubilant Reds fans.

Barnsley's players celebrate one of their four goals against Wigan last Sunday. Picture: PA.

Barnsley's players celebrate one of their four goals against Wigan last Sunday. Picture: PA.

And caretaker head coach Heckingbottom says that has provided the club with a sizeable boost ahead of their first play-off campaign in a decade.

He said: “In terms of playing staff, the coaches, team and squad, you take confidence from the result and the fact that people are talking about it. It was a great performance to learn from.

“In terms of the football club and fanbase, it changes everyone’s outlook in terms of a bit more buoyancy, joy and expectation.

“It is good, that is what we want.”

Barnsley's mananger Paul Heckingbottom.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Barnsley's mananger Paul Heckingbottom. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Heckingbottom is set to run with the same squad who were involved in Sunday’s climatic triumph at Wigan, with James Bree and George Smith still sidelined - although they could still feature if the Reds’ season is extended.

Heckingbottom added: “There’s nothing new and it is as we have been for the past few games.

“We have given Aidy White a but longer of a rest, which is good and he’s joined in again training today and we will assess him tomorrow.

“It is good to have him back involved and the longer we can give him, the more minutes we know we can have him on the pitch if needed.”