John­son beams as Tykes turn on style

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

BARNS­LEY boss Lee John­son ad­mit­ted he was ‘chuffed’ for his play­ers af­ter they thumped in­form Swin­don.

The Tykes had en­dured some­thing of a wob­ble of late, hav­ing lost their pre­vi­ous two league games.

But they were con­vinc­ing in see­ing off Mark Cooper’s side as they hit the net four times.

John­son said:“The play­ers have put a lot of work in on the train­ing ground this week so I am chuffed for them.

“We fell be­hind to a poor goal and we were a lit­tle bit sloppy early on, but ev­ery­one came to the fore in the end.

“This is a tough league don’t for­get, so it’s about just stick­ing in there, and we will do.”

Midfielder Conor Houri­hane played a star­ring role for the Tykes and drew spe­cial praise af­ter scor­ing and cre­at­ing two more.

“Conor was a mas­sive cat­a­lyst for this re­sult,” added John­son.“He didn’t have the arm­band on, but he was like a true cap­tain out there. He was im­mense.”

It was a crack­ing first half at Oak­well as the Tykes ral­lied su­perbly af­ter go­ing be­hind to a com­i­cal own-goal in the 20th minute. As home goal­keeper Nick Townsend charged out to meet Raphael Rossi Branco’s hope­ful punt for­ward, de­fender Lewin Ny­atanga only suc­ceeded in nod­ding the ball in­ad­ver­tently into his own net.

How­ever, John­son’s men were back on terms barely two min­utes later. For­mer In­ver­ness striker Mar­ley Watkins steered his third goal in five games past Lawrence Vigouroux from 15 yards.

The Tykes stormed into the lead a minute be­fore the break when Reece Wabara smashed home from 25 yards af­ter be­ing neatly teed up by Houri­hane.

Houri­hane was again the provider shortly be­fore the hour mark as Ny­atanga reg­is­tered at the right end to make it 3-1. This time the de­fender nod­ded home ac­cu­rately af­ter meet­ing a pin­point in-swing­ing cross.

Barns­ley were ut­terly dom­i­nant in the clos­ing stages and added a fourth goal with 15 min­utes to go.

Houri­hane was re­warded for a sparkling per­for­mance when he pounced to slot home af­ter Josh Scowen’s shot had re­bounded out off the cross­bar.

Robins boss Cooper was un­der­stand­ably an­gry.

“We got off to a good start and got given a goal which was pleas­ing,” Cooper said.

“But af­ter that we de­fended ter­ri­bly and that’s frus­trat­ing.

“We can do the nice side of things re­ally well, but at places like this you’ve also got to do the ugly stuff.

“Too many play­ers didn’t take enough re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

STAR MAN CONOR HOURIH

ANE Barnsle

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