Chap­low’s late show gives hope to Jones

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Steven Chicken

DON­CASTER care­taker boss Rob Jones hopes vic­tory against a su­pe­rior Barns­ley side is enough to earn him se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion for the per­ma­nent job.

A Rovers state­ment on Fri­day con­firmed that they hope to have a new man­ager in­stalled in the next ten days.

With next Satur­day’s sched­uled game post­poned due to Mill­wall’s in­ter­na­tional call-ups, Donny only have Tues­day’s John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy clash against League Two strug­glers York City in the next two weeks, mak­ing this match Jones’ last mean­ing­ful op­por­tu­nity to im­press.

Af­ter four win­less games his side fi­nally tasted vic­tory thanks to Richard Chap­low’s late goal.

And Jones be­lieves this kind of bat­tling per­for­mance rep­re­sents a dis­tinct im­prove­ment on those un­der for­mer man­ager Paul Dickov.

He said: “That’s some­one else’s de­ci­sion to make, isn’t it?

“As soon as I took the job I said I’d give it 100 per cent, I’ll give it ev­ery­thing I’ve got, I’ll try and stamp my au­thor­ity on the football club and on the team on the pitch and off the pitch.

“I think I’ve done that. Have I im­proved per­for­mances? Yes I have. Have I im­proved re­sults? Yes I have. But that’s only one step. I now need to go to York on Tues­day and get another re­sult. This game was ter­rific and the boys were mag­nif­i­cent.”

Barns­ley had the bet­ter of much of the first half but trailed at the break thanks to Keshi An­der­son’s 35th minute goal.

The Rovers striker got a touch to Chap­low’s low cross to wrong-foot Nick Townsend and claim his sec­ond goal in three games since join­ing on loan from Crys­tal Palace.

Kadeem Harris threat­ened con­stantly down the left for Barns­ley, but his crosses tan­ta­lised his team­mates, with Mar­ley Watkins un­able to reach a 15th minute de­liv­ery and a low ball early in the sec­ond half evad­ing Sam Win­nall.

The striker made no mis­take from Conor Houri­hane’s cor­ner, peel­ing away from a packed six-yard box and scor­ing with a high header. But Chap­low scored at the near post just sec­onds into in­jury time.

Barns­ley boss Lee John­son said:“It was a killer blow. I was pleased with the play­ers’ per­for­mance. I thought we were ex­cel­lent and ran the game re­ally, from about ten min­utes into the game all the way through to the 90th.

“I thought Kadeem was ex­cel­lent – very bright, very sharp, showed what he’s about – and the poor kid, how he hasn’t scored or set up a goal I don’t know. We’re very close to be­ing a good side. I just think it’s these tiny things that a big dif­fer­ence.”


M HARRIS Barnsle


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