TYKES HIT BACK TO STEND AND DE­LIVER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick John­son

DANIEL Sten­del said he was pleased to see his Barns­ley side can “win ugly” af­ter they bounced back from con­sec­u­tive de­feats to beat Bris­tol Rovers at Oak­well.

Af­ter a slow start to the match, Alex Mowatt got the break­through for the Tykes in the 11th minute. They were pa­tient in their build-up play be­fore Mowatt curled a shot into the top cor­ner from the edge of the box.

The vis­i­tors were on top for the fi­nal 15 min­utes of the first half and could have equalised on the half-hour mark. How­ever, Reds goal­keeper Adam Davies was on hand to deny Ste­fan Payne from close range be­fore Chris Lines’s goal­bound shot was blocked.

Barns­ley came out the stronger of the two teams af­ter the break and nearly dou­bled their ad­van­tage as Ge­orge Mon­cur saw a close-range ef­fort blocked.

The home side came clos­est to a sec­ond goal with 10 min­utes left as sub­sti­tute Ma­madou Thiam hit the bar from a free-kick be­fore fir­ing over from in­side the box.

Sim­i­lar to the first half, the Rovers were on top to­wards the end of the half, but ul­ti­mately they couldn’t find an equaliser late on.

Sten­del said: “I think it is a very im­por­tant win for us be­cause you can see that [af­ter two losses] we lost our con­fi­dence and self-be­lief.

“It wasn’t an easy game to win for us and it wasn’t our best per­for­mance but I think it’s good be­cause we won 1-0 at home and we’ve stopped our neg­a­tive run.

“We played okay against Charl­ton, but they were bet­ter on the day and on Tues­day it was a bad per­for­mance from us. To­day the play­ers showed that they can im­prove their per­for­mance, which is im­por­tant for me and good for the play­ers.”

Sten­del also heaped praise on match-win­ner Mowatt, say­ing: “I think if you have watched our games, you will know that he is an im­por­tant player for us. I don’t think he ever has a bad per­for­mance, most of the time he has a good per­for­mance. He won his du­els, he played very well with the ball and I’m happy that he scored as well.”

Bris­tol Rovers man­ager Dar­rell Clarke said: “I don’t want to say we were unfortunate be­cause it’s the story of our sea­son; not be­ing ruth­less in the fi­nal third.

“I thought in the first 45 min­utes we were on the front foot, but you’ve got to take your op­por­tu­ni­ties in key mo­ments of the game and we’re not do­ing that through­out the course of the sea­son so that’s why we’re struggling.

“I can’t say we de­served more be­cause it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net, and if we’re not pun­ish­ing the op­po­si­tion. We’ve got to take our op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

PIC­TURE: JMP

STAR MAN ALEX MOWATT Barns­ley PAIN GAME: James Clarke, of Bris­tol Rovers, chal­lenges Barns­ley’s Ki­ef­fer Moore and, in­set, Alex Mowatt cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing for the hosts

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