INCE WON’T WINCE AT HIS UGLY WIN­NERS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Si­mon Smed­ley To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

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

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