Mil­len­nium man Dan so proud of Tykes

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Si­mon Smedley

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.”


ANE Barnsle


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