Barnsley play-off final joy for former Norwich City defender Paul Heckingbottom

(Left to right) Barnsley's Lloyd Isgrove, caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom and Marc Roberts cele

(Left to right) Barnsley's Lloyd Isgrove, caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom and Marc Roberts celebrate with the trophy after winning the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Adam Hammill is hoping interim boss Paul Heckingbottom is rewarded with a full-time contract after leading Barnsley to a second Wembley win of the season.

Since stepping up to replace Lee Johnson in February, former Norwich City defender Heckingbottom has won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and now the bigger prize of promotion to the Championship following an impressive win over Millwall.

Winger Hammill, who scored a stunning second goal for the Reds, said: 'Hecky's come in when Lee left and he's taken over the reins, he's had a few tweaks, worked on what he's wanted to do on the system and he's done absolutely unbelievable.

'Two trips to Wembley and two wins. I think the chairman will be getting a contract out for him tonight.'

Heckingbottom, who made 16 appearances for Norwich during the 2002-03 season, added: 'We'll have to see won't we? We said we would wait until after the season.


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'I couldn't be any prouder. Every single thing we've asked them to do throughout the season they've tried to do it and whenever anyone is doing that for you you'll go to war with them and that's what these boys have done.'

Ashley Fletcher got Barnsley off to a perfect start, scoring after just 90 seconds.

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Hammill added the second and although boyhood Barnsley fan Mark Beevers pulled one back for Millwall, Lloyd Isgrove ensured a return to the Championship for the Tykes.

It completed a remarkable turnaround for Barnsley, who were bottom at Christmas and looking as though they might be exiting the third tier in the opposite direction.

Millwall boss Neil Harris is confident his side will be pushing for promotion once again next season, with former Canaries striker Steve Morison having played the full match for the Lions.

'I'm proud of them,' he said. 'There's huge disappointment, of course there is, and there are players and staff in there that are absolutely gutted.

'But we've come so far, we just couldn't finish it off.'

Harris admitted the loss of defender Byron Webster to injury in the warm-up had played a part.

He added: 'I think it looked obvious didn't it? It affected us mentally before the game.'

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