Thank you says Lee af­ter poor run ended

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

TROU­BLED Lee John­son paid trib­ute to Barns­ley owner Pa­trick Cryne for stick­ing with him af­ter a night­mare run of eight straight league de­feats came to an end at the home of his old club.

New loan sign­ing Kevin Long hit an 89th-minute win­ner at Bound­ary Park af­ter the visi­tors – who hit the wood­work through Adam Ham­mill and Ivan Toney – had been pegged back by a Mark Yeates equaliser.

At that stage, Old­ham looked the more likely win­ners, with John­son's men set to pay for profli­gacy in front of goal af­ter Conor Houri­hane’s sear­ing opener in a first half they dom­i­nated.

But up popped cen­tre­back Long, fir­ing home in­side the area af­ter home goal­keeper Joel Coleman had fum­bled an ini­tial ef­fort from Simeon Jackson.

“I am de­lighted and emo­tional,” said Tykes boss John­son, who swapped Old­ham for Oak­well nine months ago. “It was im­por­tant we got the win and we de­served it, over­all.

“We could have been 3-0 up early in the game and I have to thank the owner for stick­ing with it, as it hasn’t been easy for him.

“I thank ev­ery­one for their con­tin­ued sup­port dur­ing a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, all the way from the board to the fans.

“There have been long and lonely nights think­ing about how we swing the bal­ance.

“I know it has been tough for peo­ple and they have been ask­ing for my head.

“But to­day, the fans were singing my name and for the team and their sup­port was fan­tas­tic.

“It is only one re­sult but it’s an im­por­tant one and we have to build on it.”

Houri­hane’s left-footed opener from the edge of the box took a slight de­flec­tion on its way in, but the visi­tors were well wor­thy of their lead at half-time with Mar­ley Watkins see­ing an ef­fort cleared off the line. Home boss David Dunn felt his side should have had a penalty in the first half when Yeates went down.The winger later scored through Adam Davies’ legs af­ter cut­ting in from the left, but Dunn ad­mit­ted his side came up short on the day. “Ev­ery­one in the ground knew that in the first half, we didn’t turn up and we gave our­selves a hell of a lot to do,” said Dunn.

“We were sec­ond to ev­ery­thing, giv­ing the ball away. It looked like we were in our shells.

“But in the sec­ond half, if there was go­ing to be one team to win it, it looked like it would be us. Some­times this game kicks you where it hurts at times.

“Mark Yeates had a very good game and looked a threat all af­ter­noon. But un­for­tu­nately for us, not enough of our play­ers played well.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.