Sam’s in de­mand af­ter his late strike

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Claire Gould

BARNS­LEY man­ager Lee John­son hopes that striker Sam Win­nall is still at the club on Tues­day morn­ing af­ter his late strike gave the Reds their sixth win in seven games.

The game had been head­ing to­wards a goal­less draw be­fore Win­nall struck in the 88th minute, find­ing the bot­tom cor­ner from Josh Scowen’s rightwing cross.

Leeds United have al­ready had a bid for Win­nall turned down and the man­ager is hop­ing that the front­man stays at Oak­well.

John­son said: “You never know what will hap­pen in foot­ball, but I would love Sam to still be here next week.

“It’s well known that we have had a bid for him, and there is in­ter­est from more than one club, but I hope that Sam makes a de­ci­sion that is best for the club.

“I thought the lads were great. We just about shaded it and prob­a­bly de­served the win on the bal­ance of play and chances cre­ated.

“I was par­tic­u­larly pleased with the per­for­mances of Al­fie Maw­son and Lloyd Is­grove. Lloydy was un­lucky not to cre­ate a goal, or grab one him­self.”

His op­po­site num­ber Luke Wil­liams was in a re­flec­tive mood af­ter the Robins lost their first game this year.

Wil­liams said: “We have been con­ced­ing goals at home, but we tried to ad­dress that by go­ing three at the back.

“I thought we looked solid and I couldn’t see them scor­ing, so it was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing to con­cede so late in the game.

“Our change in for­ma­tion made us stronger at the back, but we prob­a­bly weren’t quite as cre­ative go­ing for­ward.

“We had a good op­por­tu­nity to equalise through Michael Do­herty, which I think was blocked by one of our own play­ers, but when you con­cede so late, it doesn’t give you much of a chance to re­act.”

Barns­ley had the first chance of the game with Mar­ley Watkins see­ing his shot from Is­grove’s left­hand cross saved by Lawrence Vigouroux in the Swin­don goal.

The Robins first chance came in the 24th minute when Adam Davies came out smartly to smother at the feet of Nicky Ajose.

Fa­bien Robert saw his lofted fol­low-up shot land on the roof of the net.

Vigouroux en­sured that the sides went into the break level sav­ing with his feet from Conor Houri­hane af­ter a quick-fire Barns­ley counter-at­tack.

The Robins started the se­cond-half well with Jonathan Obika’s shot from just in­side the area well par­ried by Davies.

The se­cond half was a largely scrappy af­fair with few clear-cut chances cre­ated be­fore Win­nall grabbed the win­ner.

There was still time for Swin­don to miss an in­jury time chance when Do­herty’s shot was blocked and Yaser Kasim headed wide in the scram­ble.


E Barnsle


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