Ap­ple­ton elated as Bar­nett signs off

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael Hen­son

OX­FORD man­ager Michael Ap­ple­ton was full of praise for Ty­rone Bar­nett for his com­po­sure as he se­cured the three points in the fi­nal game of his loan spell.

Bar­nett struck in the 90th minute, to add to Craig Jones’ own goal mid­way through the sec­ond half, for the win.

Both goals can­celled out Danny Mayor's opener for the vis­i­tors and meant Ap­ple­ton was grin­ning from ear to ear.

“It seemed to be in the air for an age,” said Ap­ple­ton.“I’m sure Ty­rone thought that as well. He kept his com­po­sure and it was a de­light for all of us when it hit the back of the net.

“I thought we played well in the first half.

“We passed the ball re­ally well and forced them to change their for­ma­tion after 20 min­utes, which is a com­ple­ment to us.

“In the sec­ond half they scored with their first shot at goal, which was dis­ap­point­ing, but I did say to the play­ers at half­time that we might have to take dis­ap­point­ment be­fore we got our re­wards.”

The first half was a dull af­fair with nei­ther team cre­at­ing many chances.

Sh­wan Jalal was in ac­tion early on to deny Danny Hyl­ton, be­fore Bury mid­fielder An­drew Tutte struck the bar from a free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

The game livened up after the open­ing goal in the 63rd minute. Ryan Lowe cut the ball back for Hal­lam Hope, who was de­nied by an ex­cel­lent save from Ryan Clarke, but Mayor was on hand to pounce.

Ox­ford were level within seven min­utes when the slid­ing Jones di­verted into his own net from Hyl­ton’s pull-back.

Both teams had chances to add a sec­ond, but Tutte hit the bar again for Bury and An­drew Whing fired nar­rowly wide for Ox­ford.

It was the U’s who got the win­ner as the clock ticked into the 90th minute. Jim McNulty’s cross­field pass was in­ter­cepted by Al­fie Pot­ter and he set Wes Burns free in the Bury half.

Burns spot­ted the un­marked Bar­nett at the back post and he headed home from six yards to seal the three points.

Bury boss David Fl­itcroft be­lieves his side gifted Ox­ford their two goals.

“The first half re­ally con­cerned me.,” he said. “We couldn’t pass with any pur­pose and the sys­tem didn’t re­ally work.

“When we changed to a back four, we got a wellde­served goal.

“They haven’t had to earn the re­sult.We’ve given them two goals.

“That's dis­ap­point­ing after the plan­ning work.

“We’ve got to keep work­ing, with in­di­vid­u­als, with units and to stop goals.You’ve got to have that killer in­stinct to see a game out. Even at 1-1, we’ve not re­spected the point.”

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