‘NEW LAMPS’ IS SWINDON STAR
SWINDON boss Mark Cooper was full of praise for Chelsea loanee John Swift after a magical display.
Swift, 19, joined the Robins on loan last month – and cites Frank Lampard as inspiration.
His skill was more akin to Eden Hazard as he jinked past a static Tykes defence to tee up Raphael Rossi-Branco to open the scoring on 14 minutes.
Rossi-Branco met Swift’s cross and volleyed low past Ross Turnbull in the Barnsley goal.
Another graduate of the Stamford Bridge academy, Barnsley’s Milan Lalkovic, went closest for the Tykes, who struggled to contain their opponents.
A huge boost for Swindon was the return of Massimo Luongo and Yaser Kasim from international duty – but it was Swift who orchestrated the game.
Tykes midfielder Paul Digby chopped him down in the box on 38 minutes, but Turnbull saved striker Andy Williams’ spot-kick.
Cooper said:“I thought it was a really good performance and on another day we could have scored a lot more goals. We saw it out quite comfortably and managed to get the second.
“I wanted to dominate the middle of the pitch and I think we have an amazing amount of talent there.
“The ball seemed to be tied to John’s feet. He is a fantastic footballer, technically. He can put people on their backsides and make them look silly.
“He is a really good addition to our midfield.
“I watch a lot of Under-21 games and that’s where our main market is. I thought he was an ideal replacement for Luongo in midfield.”
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson made a double substitution at halftime. Conor Hourihane made an immediate impact, finding Manchester United loanee Ben Pearson who dragged a shot wide.
Wilson was left to rue his side’s poor defending.
He said: “If you give the goal away, like we did, you are always going to have your backs against the wall – and it was a very sloppy goal.
“We had a couple of mistakes, but I thought as the game went along we made it very difficult for them.
“We came out second half and got to grips much better.
“We created three or four very good chances but we didn’t make the most of them. You cannot leave yourself wide open and especially when you come to the County Ground.
“We got ourselves back in the game and could have quite easily have had an equaliser. I am disappointed with the goals we conceded.”
The Tykes were gifted an opportunity to pull level when Robins goalkeeper Wes Foderingham sent his goalkick straight to Hourihane, but thankfully Rossi-Branco deflected the ball over 12 minutes from time.
And Foderingham soon made amends for his error when he denied Peter Ramage’s header with a point-blank save from the resulting corner. Midfielder Ben Gladwin sealed the points five minutes from time for Town when his shot trickled past Turnbull.
GLAD TO WIN: Ben Gladwin secures the points for the Robins five minutes from time PILE ON: Raphael Rossi-Branco celebrates his opening goal for Swindon