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Re­ports, re­ac­tion, pic­tures and rat­ings for FA Cup and league ac­tion

AL­READY on a hor­ren­dous run and now with a wors­en­ing in­jury list, the last thing Barns­ley man­ager Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom needed was an ut­terly point­less red card for one of his play­ers.

Nev­er­the­less, that is what French full-back Dim­itri Cavare some­how man­aged to achieve on Satur­day with one of the most stupid dis­missals you are likely to wit­ness.

The fact that his side were de­servedly 1-0 ahead at that point against a highly-rated Ful­ham out­fit, but then cru­elly lost af­ter con­ced­ing two stop­page-time goals, only served to com­pound the feel­ings of con­tempt to­wards the fool­ish 22-year-old.

Heck­ing­bot­tom, whose side have now won just once in 15 games, did not need to say much af­ter­wards; his feel­ings were ob­vi­ous.

“He (Cavare) has let ev­ery­one down,” he said.

“What I said to him and the play­ers in there will re­main pri­vate.

“But the pleas­ing thing for me is, ap­par­ently, be­fore I got in, he was told by the play­ers as well, which is what we’re try­ing to pro­mote.

“We have to have trust­wor­thy play­ers in our side. We’re never go­ing to have the bud­get or fi­nances to com­pete in terms of at­tract­ing so-called top play­ers in this league against teams and squads like Ful­ham so what we do rely on is ev­ery­one’s ef­fort, workrate and or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“And ev­ery­one has to trust each other. If there’s no trust, big play­ers can’t play.”

Barns­ley had been play­ing per­fectly well, with author­ity and en­ter­prise in fact, be­fore Cavare’s pa­thetic mo­ment of mad­ness.

Team-mate Ste­vie Mal­lan had al­ready drawn a foul from Ste­fan Jo­hansen in the cen­tre cir­cle, but when the Ful­ham mid­fielder said a few words to his ri­val, Cavare felt the need to stride over and shove him in the back.

Jo­hansen fell into Mal­lan, clash­ing heads and end­ing up in a heap on the ground, all un­der the nose of ref­eree Andy Davies.

Given Cavare had not long be­fore picked up a yel­low card for a foul on Ryan Sesseg­non, you do won­der what must have been go­ing through his mind.

Davies had to bran­dish another yel­low card and then red.

Teenager Sesseg­non, the 17-year-old left-back who is re­port­edly draw­ing in­ter­est from Mancehster United, Tot­ten­ham and Real Madrid, fired Ful­ham level in the 49th minute.

How­ever, it was the 10-men hosts who ac­tu­ally looked more likely to score there­after and add to Liam Lind­say’s scram­bled 30th-minute ef­fort.

It was a first goal in Barns­ley colours for the tal­ented cen­tre-half – who is ap­par­ently be­ing watched by Premier League Brighton – since join­ing from Pa­trick This­tle last sum­mer.

They ended up with noth­ing, though, as Ful­ham struck twice in stop­page-time, cap­tain Kevin McDon­ald bundling home in the ‘92nd’ minute af­ter chaotic scenes and Sesseg­non adding his sec­ond on the break in the 95th minute.

It was his sev­enth goal in as many games, il­lus­trat­ing just why he is one of Eng­land’s finest young prospects. While Premier League clubs per­haps con­tem­plate multi-mil­lion pound of­fers for his ser­vices be­fore Wed­nes­day’s trans­fer dead­line, Heck­ing­bot­tom will look at the other end of the mar­ket for a cen­tre-half.

Ethan Pin­nock was miss­ing on Satur­day and the man­ager – who gave a de­but to new sign­ing Daniel Pinil­los – re­vealed: “He broke a bone in his foot play­ing head ten­nis in re­hab on Mon­day.

“Jacko (Adam Jack­son) needed to go see a spe­cial­ist, too, try­ing to get rid of things in the back of a knee so that’s two in the same po­si­tion on the same day.

“I’m not sure how long they’ll be out. You’re al­ways given the best and worst case and with the time (dead­line) we have. we have to plan for the worst case. It’s given us things to think about.”

Amiens winger Har­ri­son Manzala was in South York­shire for talks with Barns­ley last week. but will not be sign­ing as the French­man “wanted too much money”.

How­ever, with his fel­low coun­try­man Cavare also au­to­mat­i­cally sus­pended for Satur­day’s game at QPR, it is likely Heck­ing­bot­tom will need to do some busi­ness be­fore that dead­line.

There was a minute’s si­lence be­fore­hand on Satur­day for Pa­trick Cryne, Barns­ley’s revered for­mer owner who is widely re­garded as the ‘saviour of the club’ hav­ing rescued them in 2003.

A life­long fan, he died re­cent- ly at the age of 66 af­ter bat­tling can­cer for over a year. In trib­ute to their for­mer bene­fac­tor, fans poignantly bathed Oakwell in light by turn­ing on their mo­bile phone lights in the 66th minute, singing ‘He’s one of our own’.

Barns­ley winger Ryan Hedges, who came off the bench to re­turn from in­jury, said: “He’s been a mas­sive part of Barns­ley foot­ball club and ev­ery­one joined to­gether for what was a re­ally nice sen­ti­ment. His fam­ily can be re­ally proud of him.

“With the game it­self, I’m sure fans would say we were a joy to watch be­fore that red card, play­ing nice stuff. You can’t pre­dict what would have hap­pened, but with 11 men I think it’d have been a to­tally dif­fer­ent game.”


HEADS UP, HEAD’S GONE: Barns­ley’s Tom Brad­shaw, above left, loses out in a chal­lenge with Ful­ham’s Oliver Nor­wood. In­set, Dim­itri Cavare is about to be sent off, leav­ing the home side down to 10 men, af­ter clash­ing with Ste­fan Jo­hansen.

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