‘NEW LAMPS’ IS SWIN­DON STAR

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ben Fisher

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.

PIC­TURES: Terry Parker

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

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