Burton’s boys are back on right track
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.”