Barnsley 0 Southend 2: Sluggish start cost us, admits Heckingbottom

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Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley stuttered to defeat against Southend United at Oakwell.

Barnsley’s three-game winning run - the Reds had also won 11 of their previous 13 league games - was halted in a 2-0 home defeat to Southend.

Jack Payne gave Southend a fourth-minute lead and after Conor Hourihane had failed to convert a 24th-minute penalty, Michael Timlin struck for the visitors in time added on.

Barnsley caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom said: “It wasn’t a disappointing display, just a disappointing result.

“I thought we started sluggish in the first 15 minutes; they started the brighter.

“They got the goal which was fully deserved and that kicked us into gear.

“The missed penalty was a blow for us but we definitely performed better in the second half.

“We couldn’t get the breakthrough and if we’d have got the goal at any point we’d have had the momentum and been more likely to win the game

“Credit to Southend, they’ve come here and done a good job. Good game plan and they started brightly.

“The players have been fantastic. The performances have been great so we continue doing the same things and look to put it right next week.”

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