The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By An­drew Wild­ing

BARNS­LEY climbed into the League One play-off places as an own goal from de­fender Joe Davis and a late Josh Scowen header sealed vic­tory at strug­gling Fleet­wood Town.

Af­ter an evenly con­tested first half, the match turned Barns­ley’s way in the se­cond half, lead­ing care­taker-man­ager Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom to praise his side’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to col­lect a vi­tal three points in their quest for pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.

“To record a clean sheet away from home is mas­sive and that is what we have built a lot of our re­cent suc­cess upon,” he said.

“Our goal­keeper made two im­por­tant saves at the start of the game but we fin­ished the first half stronger.

“We scored the first goal by putting their de­fence un­der pres­sure, so we got the re­wards for our hard work.

“Josh Scowen made a huge im­pact when he came on. He was our best player at the start of the sea­son but he was re­ally un­for­tu­nate to get an in­jury when he did. I am de­lighted he came off the bench to score the fi­nal goal.

“Adam Davies didn’t have a save to make in the se­cond half and we did more than enough to win the game.”

Fleet­wood started brightly as Thomas Grant had two golden chances to break the dead­lock, but Davies was equal to them.

The Cod Army edged the first half in terms of pos­ses­sion and chances; how­ever, two min­utes af­ter the restart, Barns­ley went ahead with a mo­ment to for­get for Fleet­wood cen­tre-half Davis.

A hope­ful punt into the Fleet­wood half wasn’t dealt with and un­der se­vere pres­sure from Sam Win­nall, Davis mis­com­mu­ni­cated with Chris Maxwell and headed over the goal­keeper and into an empty goal.

The Tykes rounded the game off with six min­utes re­main­ing, as sub­sti­tute Scowen headed Adam Hamill’s cor­ner home.

Fleet­wood man­ager Steven Press­ley ad­mit­ted that his team must put an end to their los­ing streak next time out at Ch­ester­field, in what will be a scrap at the bot­tom of League One.

The Fylde Coast side have now suf­fered three de­feats in a week, with just three points sep­a­rat­ing them from a spot in the bot­tom four.

Press­ley said:“We’ve talked as a group and the big­gest dis­ap­point­ment was that when we lost the goal early in the se­cond half, we let it im­pact our per­for­mance.

“We have to show a greater deal of courage than that and have to show a bet­ter men­tal­ity to get out of this sit­u­a­tion that we find our­selves in.

“We have to re­act to set­backs much bet­ter, be­cause be­tween now and the end of the sea­son there’s go­ing to be ques­tions asked of us.

“A lit­tle less than two weeks ago we were on a pos­i­tive run and there was a real feel-good fac­tor around the place.

“Foot­ball can change very quickly though and three straight de­feats isn’t great read­ing. “We must put an end to that by win­ning at Ch­ester­field next week.“

PIC­TURES: Cam­era Sport

MIX-UP: Fleet­wood Town’s Joe Davis’s header beats Chris Maxwell for an own goal PAIN: Joe Davis is con­soled af­ter net­ting his own goal STAR MAN CONOR HOURIH

ANE Barnsle


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