Ace Jord Cooks up a Sad­dlers spe­cial!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Beard­more

JOR­DAN COOK’s screamer left both open­mouthed bosses pay­ing trib­ute as Walsall came from be­hind to beat outof-form Barns­ley.

Cook was run­ning away from goal when he con­nected with a stun­ning half-vol­ley from 20 yards that flew into the top cor­ner to bring the Sad­dlers level.

He then set up Tom Bradshaw to put Walsall ahead be­fore seal­ing the points with his sec­ond goal late on – but it was Cook’s first strike that had ev­ery­one talk­ing.

Tykes boss Danny Wilson said:“I know the dis­tance isn’t the same but it just re­minded me of Aaron Ram­sey’s goal for Arse­nal in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“I don’t know how he’s kept it down, it’s ter­rific. He’s run­ning away from goal to start with, wraps his foot around it and he’s man­aged to keep the ball un­der con­trol.”

Walsall boss Dean Smith purred:“It was a fan­tas­tic fin­ish and there was a great lit­tle bit of skill from Jor­dan again to lay on the sec­ond for Tom Bradshaw.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Jor­dan. I think he’s a su­per player. Pre-sea­son some of our play­ers were ask­ing me how we had man­aged to get him on a two-year con­tract.

“Then un­for­tu­nately he broke his an­kle and it takes time to come back from that. Now he’s start­ing to look brighter and brighter and that’s only good news for us.”

The game burst into life with three goals in five min­utes around the halfhour as Lewin Ny­atanga’s glanc­ing header from a cor­ner put Barns­ley ahead.

How­ever, Cook’s stun­ner lev­elled mat­ters almost im­me­di­ately and he robbed Reece Brown to set up Bradshaw for his tenth of the sea­son shortly after.

Barns­ley had chances to get back on terms ei­ther side of the break but Walsall keeper Richard O’Don­nell made smart saves from Marcelo Trotta, Dale Jen­nings and Con­nor Houri­hane.

Cook flashed a free-kick inches over at the start of the sec­ond half but wrapped up vic­tory in stop­page time, steer­ing home Mathieu Manset’s lay­off.

It moved Walsall up into the top half, four points off the play­offs, and a pleased Smith said:“We’ll just keep push­ing on be­cause we’ve got a tough pe­riod com­ing up against Sh­effield United, Swin­don and MK Dons.”

Wilson, mean­while, had to con­tend with Barns­ley’s away sup­port­ers turn­ing on the play­ers with chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ late on.

He added:“It’s not help­ful but they’ve got an opin­ion and a right to voice it. It’s not some­thing that you like to hear but you’ve got to have that rhino skin and move on.

“We cre­ated great sit­u­a­tions but just frit­tered them away.”


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