Press­ley happy to win the ugly way

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

STEVEN Press­ley re­fused to apol­o­gise for his side’s ‘ugly’ vic­tory as Fleetwood Town hauled them­selves out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Jamie Proc­tor’s fine run and fin­ish on 29 min­utes was enough to seal a cru­cial three points and con­demn fel­low strug­glers Barns­ley to a fifth straight league de­feat.

The Tykes, who now slip into the bot­tom four, pro­duced an­other dis­mal dis­play in front of their own fans and, in truth, never looked like scor­ing.

A de­lighted Press­ley said: “I am cer­tainly not go­ing to apol­o­gise for win­ning ugly.

“Mov­ing for­ward, I don’t want to win ev­ery game like this, but to get out of trou­ble you have to start by do­ing the ba­sics right.

“I am so proud of the play­ers be­cause this is a sig­nif­i­cant win for the club.

“We gave Barns­ley, a team with a lot of cre­ative play­ers, very few chances and I think that says it all.

“At times it was a de­fen­sive mas­ter­class.”

Dan Crow­ley teased his way to the edge of the area be­fore curl­ing an ef­fort inches over the bar on 19 min­utes. But that was as good as it got.

The mood around Oakwell was per­fectly summed up when Josh Scowen hit a spec­u­la­tive 35-yard strike down the throat of vis­it­ing goal­keeper Chris Maxwell to huge ironic cheers from the home faith­ful. And two min­utes later, the irony turned to dis­gust as Proc­tor picked up a loose ball in mid­field be­fore beat­ing two men and fir­ing low past Nick Townsend af­ter 29 min­utes.

Proc­tor pressed and bul­lied his marker Marc Roberts all af­ter­noon – the lat­ter en­dur­ing a tor­rid game at cen­tre-half.

The Tykes went close on the stroke of half-time when skip­per Al­fie Maw­son’s dip­ping free­kick forced a fine save from Maxwell.

Seven min­utes af­ter the break, Fleetwood al­most dou­bled their ad­van­tage when Bobby Grant cut in­side be­fore forc­ing a splen­did stop from Townsend.

Barns­ley huffed and puffed late on – Maxwell mak­ing a de­cent save from a Michael Smith header.

The Lan­cashire-based out­fit came close to scor­ing again when sub­sti­tute Ashley Hunter found the side-net­ting from a tight an­gle on 81 min­utes.

“We looked like a school­boy team at times,” Barns­ley boss Lee John­son said.“We huffed and puffed but I am not go­ing to hide from this – we were short of qual­ity.

“When five or six of our best play­ers re­turn, I think our start­ing 11 is a match for any team in this divi­sion on its day.

“It is all about that in­ter­nal de­sire and our play­ers have that. I had to change things at half-time be­cause clearly it wasn’t work­ing. We had to go more di­rect.

“I am dis­ap­pointed but it is im­por­tant we keep work­ing hard.”

STAR MAN CON­NOR McLAUGH­LIN

Fleetwood

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