Joy af­ter his Tykes take off

John­son’s

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Raj Man­gat

NEW Barns­ley boss Lee John­son praised the spirit of his side af­ter he cel­e­brated his first game in charge with a win against Gilling­ham at Pri­est­field.

The vis­i­tors took the lead af­ter Ben Pear­son's shot was par­ried by Stu­art Nel­son and Ge­orge War­ing fired home, end­ing the Gills’ eight­match un­beaten run.

The Tykes have now won three on the bounce and John­son, who joined Barns­ley this week from Old­ham, hailed the per­for­mance of his team.

“I’m de­lighted. It’s a victory, a 1-0 win away from home and a clean sheet. It’s the per­fect re­sult,” he said. “I thought the boys were fan­tas­tic, spir­ited, and of course it was dif­fi­cult be­cause it was a blow­ing gale and we were against a side that were re­ally in form and we had to come here and do a job.

“I thought the mid­field five worked their socks off, and I thought big Ge­orge up top worked very hard and got his re­ward with the goal.”

Barns­ley’s Josh Scowen had the best chance of a scrappy first half when his long range strike flew over the bar.

The Gills strug­gled to get a foothold in the game, and John Mar­quis’ de­flected header was their best ef­fort be­fore the break.

The sec­ond pe­riod started in sim­i­lar fash­ion to the first, but the Tykes took the lead on 56 min­utes when Stoke City loa­nee,War­ing, tapped home from close range for his sec­ond goal for the Oak­well side.

The Gills al­most hit back but Gavin Hoyte’s shot was palmed away by Adam Davies.

Barns­ley al­most got their sec­ond of the game four min­utes from the end but Nel­son’s fin­ger­tips de­nied John O’Sul­li­van.

Gilling­ham had one fi­nal chance to snatch a point in in­jury time, but Jer­maine McGlashan’s shot was su­perbly saved by Davies.

Gills boss Justin Ed­in­burgh was left frus­trated as he suf­fered his first de­feat as Gilling­ham manager and he ad­mit­ted a lack of con­cen­tra­tion cost his side.

“There’s noth­ing good about los­ing and it’s hard to take be­cause I couldn’t see us los­ing this game,” said Ed­in­burgh.

“We had too many play­ers that haven’t per­formed at the level they have in the time that I’ve been here.

“I didn’t feel ei­ther team was go­ing to win it, the con­di­tions were dif­fi­cult but we’re dis­ap­pointed with the goal we’ve con­ceded.

“We didn’t’ want to lose it through a mis­take or lack of con­cen­tra­tion, but ul­ti­mately that’s what cost us.

“Jer­maine had a good chance at the end, when you get a chance like that in a game where there’s been very lit­tle, you’ve got to take it.”

STAR MAN MARTIN CRANIE Barnsle

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