Maw­son’s free-kick de­rails the Alex

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Si­mon Smed­ley

IN-FORM Barns­ley came from be­hind to bag a ninth win in their last 11 league games, and are now hom­ing in omi­nously on the play-off po­si­tions.

Care­taker boss Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom con­tin­ues to steer the Tykes’ ship steadily fol­low­ing Lee John­son’s de­par­ture to Bris­tol City.

And he was de­lighted af­ter his side eased them­selves to within three points of the top six.

Heck­ing­bot­tom said:“It was a re­ally good win for us in the end.

“We were a lit­tle bit waste­ful at times, but we were al­ways a threat on the counter and that pleased me.

“Their open­ing goal was a sloppy one to con­cede, but at half-time I just told all the play­ers that they needed to put in an ex­tra ten per cent.

“There were lots of lit­tle things that we needed to do bet­ter, and in the end I guess it was the spirit, work rate and de­ter­mi­na­tion that got us the re­sult.

“This has been ev­i­dent in the squad ever since I took over and it will be qual­i­ties that we’ll con­tinue to need in the re­main­ing games this sea­son, with­out a doubt.”

It was a dis­ap­point­ing first pe­riod at Gresty Road, but Crewe went into the in­ter­val with the lead.

The goal came just af­ter the half-hour mark when Jon Guthrie bagged his first of the sea­son, clip­ping an al­ready goal­bound ef­fort from Mar­cus Haber past Tykes’ goal­keeper Adam Davies.

The vis­i­tors had ear­lier seen Ash­ley Fletcher’s ef­fort hacked off the line by Ge­orge Cooper, while Crewe re­sponded when Davies pro­duced a smart save to deny Brad­den In­man.

The Tykes hit back to level nine min­utes af­ter the restart, with Sam Win­nall pok­ing home his 18th goal of the sea­son from close range af­ter a flat-footed Crewe de­fence failed to clear Conor Houri­hane’s cor­ner-kick.

Mid­way through the se­cond half the Tykes took the lead when de­fender Al­fie Maw­son curled home a great free-kick from 20 yards.

It was al­most 3-1 when the Tykes’ debu­tant sub­sti­tute, Harry Chapman, saw a bril­liant curl­ing strike tipped onto the cross­bar by keeper Ben Garratt.

Crewe boss Steve Davis said:“It’s a bad re­sult of course, and it’s par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I didn’t think there was much be­tween the two teams.

“To be hon­est I didn’t think they caused us many prob­lems at all in the first half.

“We kept them at bay and de­served to be in front at half-time.

“It was a cruel way to lose the game.

“Granted, it was a great free-kick from the lad and he de­serves credit for that.

“But I didn’t think we de­served that re­sult.”

STAR MAN CONOR HOURIH

ANE Barnsle

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