Millennium man Dan so proud of Tykes
PROUD Danny Wilson presided over a welldeserved victory against Leyton Orient as he celebrated his 1,000th game as a manager in perfect style.
His current side, Barnsley, fully deserved the three points against the rapidly sinking O’s, who lost their third game on the spin despite having a man advantage for the closing 25 minutes when Tykes goalkeeper Ross Turnbull saw red.
Asked to reflect on a milestone which only 23 managers have achieved, Wilson said:“It just makes my weekend to be honest, winning the game.
“I’m very proud to have reached this milestone.
“All the ingredients of a really tough football match were there to be seen – and we showed great character and resilience to get the result at the end, especially when we went down to ten men.
“We could have won 3-0 if Luke Berry’s chance had gone in near the end, but that was a very pleasing result.
“We’ve had two very, very good performances in the last two games which will be great for confidence.
“It’s not easy when you go down to ten men, but we held firm and defended great.”
The Tykes led 2-0 at the break, and were good value.
They struck the opener after just 13 minutes, with leading scorer Conor Hourihane latching onto Kane Hemmings’ meas- ured through-ball before coolly rounding goalkeeper Adam Legzdins and slotting home.
Influential midfielder Hourihane came close to a second goal, before the hosts eventually doubled their lead seven minute before the interval.
This time Devante Cole lashed home clinically from close range following a smart cross from Dale Jennings.
After being booed off at half-time, the O’s improved in the second period, but still couldn’t find that killer finish.
Shaun Batt and Dean Cox were both denied by Turnbull, while at the other end Luke Berry forced Legzdins into a breathtaking stop.
Turnbull was correctly sent off in the 75th minute for handling the ball outside his box while under pressure from Batt, but the visitors failed to profit from fielding an extra man.
Reflecting on a sixth straight away defeat, O’s boss Fabio Liverani said: ”It was disappointing.We were a long way off the performance of last week.
“The key for us now is to get through the next two games because then we get injured players back and also we can look at the transfer window.
“I was very disappointed with the manner of the first goal.We worked hard in training all week, but it doesn’t matter when you let in goals like that.”
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