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8 December 2016

Our guide to The Tykes

NORWICH travel north on Saturday (3pm) to face Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against at Oakwell this weekend.

Born and raised in South Yorkshire, Paul Heckingbottom took over as caretaker manager of his boyhood club after Danny Wilson's departure in February 2015 and then again when Lee Johnson left for Bristol City a year later.

The 39 year old began his playing career at Sunderland in 1996 after being denied a professional contract at Manchester United, later spending time at Darlington, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley as well as having a stint with the Canaries in the 2002-03 season.

He appeared just 15 times for City before moving on to Bradford City.

Heckingbottom led The Tykes to victory in the Football League Trophy final and the League One play-off final, an honour he won as a player with the club in the 2005/06 season.

Receiving the managerial role on a permanent basis in June 2016, the former Norwich City defender sees his side in the middle of the Sky Bet Championship table in 12th place.

The Barnsley boss will be looking for his side to continue their good form on Saturday, telling "We've got to keep getting it right at both ends of the pitch, if we don't it'll be difficult.

"We want to score as many goals as possible whilst keeping as many clean sheets as possible."

Heckingbottom added: "You're not always going to get perfection, but we know we can do it, everyone knows we can."

Tom Bradshaw spoke to about his side's strength from set-plays: "We put a lot of emphasis on set-plays and making the most of them because for a lot of teams in the division, that's how they win games."

The frontman added: "We've got a lot of character in the dressing room and even though we're quite a young squad, there is a lot of experience in there."

Sam Winnall has netted seven times in 16 appearances, establishing himself as The Reds' top goalscorer this season.

The frontman began his career at Wolves' academy where he received his first professional contract in May 2009 but didn't make his senior debut until August 2010.

It was to be his only first team appearance for the West Midlands side before going on loan to Burton Albion; the 25-year-old was loaned out four times before his contract expired in the 2012-13 season.

After a successful pre-season trial period, Winnall signed with Scunthorpe United in the 2013-14 season where he bagged himself 23 goals in 45 appearances and a nomination for League Two's Player of the Year award.

In 2014, the forward made his way to his current club for an undisclosed fee where he has won the Football League Trophy and the League One play-off final as well as finishing third in League One's goalscoring table below Will Grigg and Nicky Ajose.

Goalkeepers: Adam Davies, Nick Townsend.

Defenders: James Bree, Marc Roberts, Angus MacDonald, Callum Evans, Andy Yiadom, Adam Jackson, Cole Kpekawa, Saidy Janko.

Midfielders: Aidan White, Josh Scowen, Adam Hammill, Conor Hourihane, Marley Watkins, Sessi D'Almedia, Jacob Brown, Ryan Williams, Sam Morsy, Jared Bird, Josh Kay.

Forwards: Sam Winnall, Elliot Lee, Tom Bradshaw, Stefan Payne, Adam Armstrong, Dylan Mottley-Henry, Ryan Kent.

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