The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

WELL, it had to end some­time. Lee John­son has done ev­ery­thing but walk on wa­ter since swap­ping Old­ham for Barns­ley in Fe­bru­ary.

Seven games ago, the Tykes were a stag­nant, un­der­per­form­ing out­fit in dan­ger of slip­ping into a sec­ond suc­ces­sive rel­e­ga­tion battle.

Four wins and three draws later, they kicked off at Oak­well aim­ing to ce­ment a place in the top six and move to within two points of their York­shire ri­vals. In the end, they fell a long way short, out­foxed by a side more dy­namic, more cre­ative and more clin­i­cal.

The Blades have rarely cut loose this term, their points eked out rather than plun­dered.

But this was a thor­oughly dom­i­nant dis­play - in­spired by the un­stop­pable Chris Basham - that never looked in doubt from the mo­ment Steven Davies broke the dead­lock. For United, this should seal a top-six place. For Barns­ley, it was an anti-cli­max but John­son’s achieve­ments should not be sul­lied by one bad day at the of­fice.

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