WHO THE HECK CAN STOP THE TYKES?

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

PAUL Heck­ing­bot­tom is lov­ing life at the Barns­ley helm af­ter a derby day vic­tory over Don­caster but the care­taker boss re­mained coy on his fu­ture.

Sub­sti­tute Ash­ley Fletcher’s late win­ner made it eight wins from the last nine league games for the resur­gent Reds.

Heck­ing­bot­tom, who se­cured his se­cond win in care­taker charge, said he is en­joy­ing his time in charge but would not re­veal if he wanted to take the reins on a full-time ba­sis.

“I love the club, I love the re­spon­si­bil­ity and I love the fact you’re al­ways in­volved,” said Heck­ing­bot­tom.“But for the time be­ing I just keep do­ing what I’m told.We were good in this game but we can im­prove.

“We were waste­ful and had to wait un­til late on to get our win­ner.We felt like we were on top and in the as­cen­dancy and luck­ily we got the goal.

“It was a team ef­fort be­cause they all de­fended well and it was down to work ethic and dis­ci­pline.

“The stats show two shots on tar­get from them, which shows that the de­fence is do­ing some­thing right.” The Reds made the brighter start when Sam Win­nall sent a header wide be­fore Adam Ham­mill drew two fine saves from Thorsten Stuck­mann.

The best Rovers of­fered up was Mitchell Lund’s glanc­ing header that went wide. There was a wor­ry­ing sight for the hosts mid­way through the half when Aidy White left the field on a stretcher af­ter a lengthy stop­page.

Rovers ended the half stronger and when Cedric Ev­ina ate up the yards with an ex­cel­lent dash down the left he set up Paul Kee­gan, who fired wide.

Lund pro­duced the first ef­fort af­ter the break, but his rasp­ing ef­fort was straight at Adam Davies.

Sub­sti­tute Fletcher then mus­tered a timid ef­fort that Stuck­mann kept out be­fore Conor Houri­hane tested the Ger­man’s re­flexes al­most straight away.

Barns­ley did have the ball in the net soon af­ter but Stuck­mann was ad­judged to have been fouled as the ball was bun­dled over the line. The long-awaited break­through ar­rived on 81 min­utes.

Fletcher was first to re­act af­ter Stuck­mann spilled Houri­hane’s shot right into his path a few yards out to seal the derby day spoils.

As for Rovers, man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son has seen his side now lose four on the spin. He said:“I thought we bat­tled quite well. “We got con­trol of the game in the se­cond half but it was a re­ally, re­ally poor goal that we lost. “The shot is go­ing wide for their goal. “We could have been a bit more threat­en­ing at times but that’s what hap­pens when you’re in the middle of a bad run.

“Per­for­mances like last week put pres­sure on us be­cause ev­ery­one knows that it wasn’t ac­cept­able.

“This game was bet­ter than last week but maybe a month ago we might have nicked this one.

“We’re on a bad run and we need to get out of it.”

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BARN-STORMER: Barns­ley’s Ash­ley Fletcher scored the late win­ner

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