Lee’s low as Lauri’s late show steals win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Wil­liams

LEE John­son ad­mit­ted to be­ing the most frus­trated he has ever been as a football man­ager af­ter he watched his side rue a host of missed chances against strug­gling Crewe.

The Rail­way­men ex­e­cuted the per­fect smash-and-grab away per­for­mance when Lauri Dalla Valle chested home a fine cross from Adam King af­ter 80 min­utes.

It was harsh on Barns­ley who had made all the run­ning – par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half – and John­son was strug­gling to find any joy at the fi­nal whis­tle.

“It is the most frus­trated I have been in my man­age­rial ca­reer – I am deeply dis­ap­pointed,” said John­son.

“I can­not un­der­stand how we did not win that game com­fort­ably.We must have had 20 shots at goal.

“It was one of the most one-sided games of football I have seen but we needed to be a bit more clin­i­cal.

“This is our flaw at the mo­ment. When teams sit off, that is when we have to find that bit of magic.

“I am dis­ap­pointed with our de­fend­ing for the sec­ond goal but over­all I thought my play­ers gave ev­ery­thing.”

Ryan Colclough’s fierce and low free-kick handed Crewe the per­fect start – al­beit against the run of play on 14 min­utes.

But typ­i­cal of the away side’s start to the cam­paign, they squan­dered the lead within a minute.

Barns­ley cap­tain Al­fie Maw­son tow­ered above a static de­fence to head home Conor Houri­hane’s in­swing­ing cor­ner.

Crewe’s King, on loan from Swansea City, forced a de­cent save from Nick Townsend on 36 min­utes when his shot from dis­tance was tipped past the post.

The Tykes poured for­ward af­ter the break in search of a vi­tal three points. Good work by Kadeem Harris on 51 min­utes saw him beat his man be­fore his cross was headed wide by Sam Win­nall at the far stick.

And on the hour mark, Mar­ley Watkins came within inches of meet­ing an invit­ing cen­tre from the hard­work­ing Josh Scowen.

The hosts forced cor­ner af­ter cor­ner but Steve Davis’ men de­fended res­o­lutely.

And that was re­warded on 80 min­utes when Dalla Valle stole a march on Barns­ley’s two cen­tral de­fend­ers to hit the win­ner.

The win eases pre­vi­ously mount­ing pres­sure on Davis, who was de­lighted with the grit his side showed.

The Crewe boss said: “We got a bit of luck in the end but I thought we de­fended re­ally well.

“We had to stop their full-backs, de­fend high and block the mid­dle – I thought we did that well.

“We played some de­cent football in the first half. In the sec­ond half we had to do a job to get any­thing out of the game. It was a hard-earned win.”

STAR MAN KADEE

M HARRIS Barnsle

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