Wilson’s excited by loan star Ben
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