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

BARNS­LEY march on un­der new boss Lee John­son as they eased to their fifth straight victory against woe­ful Wal­sall – with the man in charge adamant there is still more to come.

The resur­gent Tykes – who have won all five games with­out con­ced­ing a sin­gle goal – are now only goal dif­fer­ence shy of the League One play-off places, some­thing that seemed hugely im­prob­a­ble just three weeks ear­lier fol­low­ing a 5-1 thump­ing at Craw­ley.

Danny Wil­son’s re­place­ment John­son, who has been in charge for the last three games fol­low­ing a switch from Old­ham, de­flected all the lat­est praise on to his play­ers.

He said: “That was a great win, and of course it's what ev­ery­one wants to see.

“Great credit has to go to all the play­ers be­cause it's not been easy hav­ing to play three games in a week.

“We’re still nowhere near where I want to be in terms of how we’re play­ing, but it isn’t al­ways easy when pitches are like they are at this stage of the sea­son.

“It’s been a fan­tas­tic run, but I’m keen that we don’t get too far ahead of our­selves just yet.

“There’s still lots of games to play, and though we are on a ter­rific run, I’m go­ing to con­tinue with this pur­suit of ex­cel­lence.”

Barns­ley dom­i­nated the first half at Oak­well and they de­servedly led at the break thanks to Ge­orge War­ing’s 16th-minute strike. He dived in men­ac­ingly to head home Conor Houri­hane’s in-swing­ing cor­ner-kick at the near post.

War­ing then slid in to meet Ben Pear­son’s cross, only for his vol­ley to drift inches wide of the post.

The theme con­tin­ued into the sec­ond pe­riod, with the Tykes to­tally in com­mand.

War­ing dou­bled his and Barns­ley’s tally in the 71st minute when he met a sweet pass from John O’Sul­li­van be­fore drift­ing past a cou­ple of weak Wal­sall chal­lenges and slot­ting home from an acute an­gle.

Sub­sti­tute Sam Win­nall wrapped up a su­per win sec­onds be­fore the game en­tered stop­page­time. The for­mer Scun­thorpe man was teed up by O’Sul­li­van be­fore side-foot­ing home from eight yards.

It’s now just one win from six games for the sickly Sad­dlers and manager Dean Smith said: “It was a poor game, in poor con­di­tions, and it was played on a poor pitch to be hon­est.

“In the end I sup­pose Barns­ley de­fended bet­ter than us. They’ve shown in re­cent games that they are tough to break down, and we’ve seen that again.

“Over­all, they were bet­ter than us, and that is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we had played so well dur­ing the week.

“We’d cre­ated so many chances on Tues­day, but we just couldn’t get our­selves go­ing here for one rea­son or an­other.

“We’ve got to dust our­selves down again now and go again.”

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ROAR: Barns­ley's Sam Win­nall cel­e­brates his goal STAR MAN GE­ORG


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y PLUNGE: Barns­ley's Ge­orge War­ing, sec­ond right, heads the open­ing goal

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