Wil­son’s ex­cited by loan star Ben

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

BARNS­LEY boss Danny Wil­son saluted goal hero Ben Pear­son af­ter the young Manch­ester United loa­nee bagged a cracker to see off Port Vale.

The 20-year-old has been com­pared by many at Old Traf­ford to Paul Sc­holes, and his de­but Foot­ball League strike against a gutsy Port Vale capped a barn­storm­ing per­for­mance in only his third se­nior ap­pear­ance.

Pear­son is on a onemonth loan deal at Oak­well and Wil­son said: “Ben was fan­tas­tic.You can see why ev­ery­one at Manch­ester United rates him so highly.

“He’s got a ter­rific en­gine and a real burst of pace which can frighten op­po­si­tion de­fences.

“He’s got a big fu­ture in the game that’s for sure, so let’s hope that’s with Barns­ley for as long as pos­si­ble.”

The Tykes rode their luck as Vale bossed the fi­nal half hour, and Wil­son was grate­ful to his back four.

He added: “We de­fended su­perbly be­cause Port Vale re­ally came at us in the sec­ond half. It was backs to the wall stuff, but our ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers at the back helped us over the line.

“I was grate­ful for a bit of luck in cer­tain in­stances, but we haven’t had much of that over the course of the sea­son so far, so maybe we de­served it.”

It had been a dire first half be­fore the Tykes opened the scor­ing in stop­page-time.

Mi­lan Lalkovic burst down the left flank be­fore see­ing his low cross palmed into his own net from close range by Vale keeper Chris Neal.

Ear­lier Neal had pro­duced a smart stop to keep out Dale Jen­nings’ 30-yard ef­fort, while Vale’s best chance went the way of Fred­eric Ve­seli, who fired over from 15 yards.

Pear­son’s strike came three min­utes af­ter the restart as he charged from the edge of his box be­fore slot­ting past Neal via a de­flec­tion off Ve­seli. Colin Daniel’s 66thminute strike wasn’t enough for Vale as they slid to a sec­ond straight de­feat.

Boss Rob Page said: “When you come to places like this and you give away two goals like we did, then you’re al­ways go­ing to make life dif­fi­cult for your­self.

“Both goals were bad ones from our point of view.

“I thought we were still in it at one down at half­time, but within min­utes of the sec­ond start­ing we’re two down and up against it.

“We showed a bit more spirit and a bit more fight in the closing stages and we did get the goal we de­served, but over­all it’s been dis­ap­point­ing.

“In the end it’s not been our day, but we’ve not helped our­selves with poor de­fend­ing, par­tic­u­larly as we let the lad run right through us for the sec­ond goal.”

STAR MAN BEN PEARS

ON Barnsle

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