Barnsley FC happy to have a night off

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Boss Paul Heckingbottom is delighted Barnsley’s Carabao Cup game tomorrow has to be rearranged.

The Reds were due to play either Derby County or Grimsby Town in the second round of the cup under the lights at Oakwell.

However, due to the abandonment at Grimsby their first-round tie will be played tomorrow instead.

That means Heckingbottom only has to prepare for one game this week and has more time to get his new players up to speed.

“That is vital for us [having the night off],” admitted Heckingbottom.

“We’ll be able to get lots of information into the boys who haven’t been starting.

“Mama [Mamadou Thiam] only had his first full day with us on Friday and that was to get him ready for Saturday’s game.

“That extra time with the players means we know we can change it come the next game.”

Dmitri Cavaré only joined the club on Thursday so every day spent taking information on board is crucial for the new signings.

And the club are not done in the window yet as Heckingbottom continues to try to bolster his squad.

He added: “We need that balance. We’re coaching every player every day, but it’d be nice to get players in who know that role.

“I thought about changes to guys who have played a lot on Saturday, but if I did then we’d have had a front six of all 18 or 19 year olds.

“They’ve got to be some players if you’re going to win games in the Championship with players that age.”

The Reds are still waiting for Oli McBurnie to be allowed to leave Swansea City on loan.

A deal in principle was agreed at the start of the summer, but the Premier League side are waiting for Fernando Llorente to return to full fitness or a striker to come through the door.

However, Leeds United have now joined the race after allowing Chris Wood to leave for Burnley.

Free agent Jason Rowe has turned down an offer to join the club and is likely to go to Birmingham City instead.