Lee’s not ready to de­clare at Barns­ley

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Cooke

BARNS­LEY boss Lee John­son vowed to ‘bat on’ as his side col­lapsed to a sixth suc­ces­sive de­feat at Scun­thorpe United.

First-half goals from Tom Hop­per and Gary McSheffrey con­demned the Tykes to an­other morale-sap­ping loss in which Sam Win­nall missed a penalty to com­pound the vis­i­tors’ mis­ery.

John­son, whose side re­main in the bot­tom four, stressed he is up for the chal­lenge but he ad­mits the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion does not rest with him.

“I hope I get the op­por­tu­nity to turn things around. I’m up for it, there’s no doubt about that. I’ve never quit any­thing,” he said.

“We’ve got to knuckle down and bat on, as they say. But it can change and I gen­uinely thought we were go­ing to change it, par­tic­u­larly with the way we started the game.

“If you miss a penalty and con­cede two goals like we did, it’s al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult.

“I could go over the in­di­vid­ual er­rors we’ve made for the past ten games – there have been far too many.

“I try to pro­tect my play­ers but if it’s a sloppy goal we’ve con­ceded, like we have been, it’s dif­fi­cult to train that thought.”

Barns­ley had started brightly at Glan­ford Park, but Scun­thorpe’s opener, which came in the sixth minute, against the run of play, was a Hal­loween hor­ror show.

De­fender Al­fie Maw­son and goal­keeper Nick Townsend waited for the other to deal with a ball through the mid­dle and Hop­per, later forced off by a dis­lo­cated shoul­der, nipped in to fin­ish from close range.

The goal that dou­bled the Iron’s lead was eas­ier on the eye, McSheffrey steam­ing into the penalty area to meet a cross from Scott Wise­man four min­utes be­fore the break.

Barns­ley had a golden op­por­tu­nity to get them­selves back in the game in stop­page time, when they were awarded a penalty for a shirt pull. But Win­nall’s spot­kick was pushed away by goal­keeper Luke Daniels.

In con­trast to the Tykes, Scun­thorpe are fly­ing. This vic­tory means they have won five from six in Oc­to­ber. “The points are most wel­come. It was a grind, but we knew it would be af­ter they lost five on the bounce be­fore,” said man­ager Mark Robins, a former boss of the Tykes.

“In the first half when we passed it we looked a threat but de­fen­sively in the sec­ond we were bet­ter.

“Thank­fully we saw the game out, but it was more than that. I thought we were com­fort­able when they threw every­thing at us.

“Tom de­servedly got his goal and the sec­ond one showed what we are about when we go for­ward.”


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