INCE WON’T WINCE AT HIS UGLY WINNERS
BLACKPOOL’S relieved boss Paul Ince claims he doesn’t care if his Seasiders win like Stoke or win in style after Jack Robinson’s long throw saw his side clinch a dramatic late victory.
After a game of relatively few chances, a goalless finish was well and truly on the cards as the match entered added time.
However, the Tykes were done for right at the death as Seasiders full-back Robinson flung a giant throw-in right into the Barnsley danger zone.
The ball beat centre-back Jean-Yves M’Voto and goalkeeper Luke Steele, then flicked off Scott Golbourne, before fizzing towards the line where Dave Perkins couldn’t keep it out and was credited with the own goal.
It was a heart-breaker for the Yorkshiremen, but Ince was of course breathing a huge sigh of relief.
He said: “I’d resigned myself to it being a goalless draw to be honest, though I was disappointed because I felt we created the better chances over the 90 minutes.
“You’ve got to keep your mind sharp though, and you never know, a chance is always likely to come at the end like that.
“We started well and I thought that if we had scored early on when we were on top, then the floodgates may have opened.
“But credit to Barnsley. They stuck at it and as the clock ticked past 90 minutes I would have taken a point.
“Jack Robinson is dangerous with those long throw-ins, they can be a real weapon.
“I’ve seen it in training, and I said to him ‘why don't you use it in match situations?’
“He’s not just about long throw-ins though. Jack is a very good player, and I know him very well because he came through the Liverpool academy side with [son] Tom.
“He’s quick, he’s got that quality you need and his decisionmaking is exceptional.
“We’ve ground out a result, but some days you need to do that.”
Striker Chris O’Grady missed a couple of great chances for the Tykes well before the dramatic late winner, while at the other end former Newcastle and Cardiff hit-man Michael Chopra should have scored from close in just before the interval.
In the second half both side had chances to secure a welcome three points, but both were wasteful in the penalty area.
For Barnsley, their woes con- tinued as they have now lost both their opening two Championship games without scoring a goal.
They couldn’t even score a goal against Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup as they had to win on penalties and boss Dave Flitcroft acknowledged that he does have striking concerns.
He said: “If Chris O’Grady goes and sticks that chance away just after half-time then it could have been such a different game.
“As we’ve worked hard we're all gutted. It was looking like whoever scored the first goal would go on to win, but to lose it like that is sickening really.
“Up until that late stage in the game we had defended so well. We’d had to withstand throw-ins, corners, free-kicks, everything, but we’d defended heroically. “It’s a difficult one to swallow. “We created a few chances, but we’ve not been as slick or nearly as clinical this season yet.
“That’s something we'll be working hard on on Monday morning.
“It’s been a horrible way to lose, but I was always surprised at how direct Blackpool were. That’s been the most direct I’ve seen them in a long while. We’ve had chances to counter-attack, but once one goes in like that right at the death then you’re never going to get it back. We need to bring in one, maybe two strikers. It’s been no secret.”
TANGERINE DREAM: Jack Robinson takes the praise from his team mates for their late winner. Inset: Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele watches in vain as Scott Golbourne’s own goal header drops into his net