Houri­hane goes from vil­lain to Tykes’ hero

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ricky Charlesworth

LEE John­son hailed Conor Houri­hane af­ter the mid­fielder earned a valu­able in­jury-time point for Barns­ley.

Houri­hane was in the bad books with a penalty miss when the Reds were 1-0 down.

Chris Basham headed the Blades in front but Barns­ley’s Ir­ish mid­fielder pounced with a thun­der­ous long-range vol­ley to se­cure a happy end­ing for him and his side.

“It was a fan­tas­tic fin­ish from Conor,” said John­son. “It was a great strike and you can see it meant a lot to him with the cel­e­bra­tion.

“He was hurt­ing from miss­ing the penalty, but when he needed to step up he did.We thor­oughly de­served it be­cause we’ve hit the bar, hit the post, missed a penalty and even at the end we could have had a tap-in.

“We’re get­ting stronger and we know we’ve got qual­ity in the side.The play­ers could have gone un­der and they didn’t.

“It was dif­fi­cult for us to break them down at times and it was a typ­i­cal, scrappy derby.”

The Blades started with a real sense of pur­pose and the tire­less Matt Done fired in an early warn­ing when his ef­fort was de­flected be­hind.

The warn­ing was not heeded by the hosts and Basham duly opened the scor­ing on 17 min­utes, head­ing home Bob Har­ris’ pre­cise cor­ner.

The goal set­tled the game down con­sid­er­ably with the rest of the half played at a fairly pedes­trian pace com­pared to the open­ing 20 min­utes.

Basham had the first op­por­tu­nity af­ter the restart but slid a shot just wide of the goal af­ter Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce laid him off.

How­ever, just be­fore the hour mark Adam Ham­mill won a penalty for Barns­ley when Neill Collins felled him in­side the area.

But Houri­hane failed to take ad­van­tage when his tame ef­fort to the bot­tom­left was pushed away bril­liantly by Ge­orge Long.

Sam Win­nall and Lewin Ny­atanga both saw head­ers come back off the wood­work to­wards the end be­fore Houri­hane atoned for his penalty miss with a rasp­ing vol­ley.

Blades boss Nigel Ad­kins was up­set his side couldn’t see out the win.

“We’ve ob­vi­ously con­ceded a goal at the very end,” said Ad­kins.

“I was look­ing for us to re­spond and I think we’ve done that.

“There was plenty of pas­sion from the Sh­effield United play­ers out there.

“We scored a good goal but I thought we could have scored sev­eral. I thought their keeper was out­stand­ing.

“But say­ing that, Ge­orge Long has made a very good penalty save.

“It was an ex­cel­lent save and it’s just a shame we haven’t got the points that we came look­ing for.”



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