Bur­ton’s boys are back on right track

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

CARE­TAKER boss Mark Bur­ton saluted the re­ac­tion of his Barns­ley play­ers as they saw off Crewe in his sec­ond game at the helm.

The Tykes had been thumped 5-1 by Craw­ley in the first match af­ter Danny Wil­son’s sacking, and though they were hardly sparkling at Oak­well yes­ter­day, they went on to se­cure a de­served win.

Some high-pro­file names have been linked with the Barns­ley hot-seat since Wil­son left the club for the sec­ond time – Paolo di Canio, Old­ham’s Lee John­son and Swin­don’s Mark Cooper to name just three – but lo­cal lad Bur­ton is just happy to be get­ting on with the job on a tem­po­rary ba­sis for now.

He said: “Af­ter Craw­ley I was look­ing for a re­ac­tion first and fore­most, and I got it.

“Our game-plan didn’t work so well early in the game, but once we made a few tac­ti­cal al­ter­ations we looked a threat.

“Once we’d got the open­ing goal there was only go­ing to be one win­ner.

“In the end the lads pro­duced a gritty, pas­sion­ate per­for­mance, re­duc­ing Crewe to counter-at­tack­ing.

“They are ac­tu­ally de­cent at that, but we pinned them back in the sec­ond half.”

The hosts cre­ated pre­cious lit­tle, while Crewe fared only marginally bet­ter.

They went close in the 18th minute when Cana- dian striker Mar­cus Haber saw a header clawed off the line by re­called Tykes keeper Adam Davies.

Davies then thwarted Haber again on the halfhour mark, this time keep­ing out a smart low drive with his legs.

The dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken af­ter 66 min­utes.

Josh Scowen swung over a free-kick which was met per­fectly by de­fender Lewin Ny­atanga, who glanced a header neatly into the cor­ner. With ten min­utes to go the lead was dou­bled when sub­sti­tute goal­keeper Paul Rachubka, on his Alex de­but, scored an own­goal.

Af­ter Ge­orge Smith’s cor­ner had been headed high into the air by de­fender Ge­orge Ray, Rachubka - who only joined Crewe on Fri­day fol­low­ing his re­cent re­lease by Old­ham – could only fum­ble the ball into his own net.

Crewe boss Steve Davis said: “There were two poor sides out there, but, un­for­tu­nately, we were just a bit poorer than Barns­ley.

“We had the bet­ter chances in the first half, but af­ter that we started giv­ing away too many stupid free-kicks.

“Once they got the first goal we were al­ways go­ing to be up against it.It gave Barns­ley some­thing to build on, and they’ve gone on and got an­other soft goal.”

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