Brown re­pays faith of Reds coach Sten­del

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

FLEET­WOOD TOWN 1 BARNS­LEY 3 LEAGUE ONE

QUAL­ITY counts at this level, be­lieves Reds chief Daniel Sten­del.

So when Fleet­wood took the lead at High­bury Sta­dium the Barns­ley head coach was un­per­turbed.

“They started well but we turned the match around,” said Sten­del.

Har­ri­son Big­gins got the home side off to a great start, scor­ing his first goal for Fleet­wood against his old club.

The Tykes re­leased the mid­fielder when he was a teenager, Big­gins then fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar route to that of Eng­land striker Jamie Vardy from Stocks­bridge Park Steels to High­bury.

He popped up with a poacher’s fin­ish the for­ward would have been proud of, stroking home James Hus­band’s sub­lime cross from the left in the 19th minute.

Barns­ley fought back, ex­ploit­ing some poor de­fend­ing. Ash Eastham was out­mus­cled by Ja­cob Brown in the 32nd minute as he pounced on a chip from Alex Mowatt.

Ki­ef­fer Moore com­pleted the turn­around three min­utes be­fore the break as the for­ward out­foxed Cian Bol­ger and drilled the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Fleet­wood pressed in the se­cond half but Barns­ley held firm de­spite right-back Lewie Coyle go­ing close.

But it was Barns­ley who got the late goal, Ma­madou Thiam catch­ing Fleet­wood on the counter and curl­ing the ball past Alex Cairns in stop­page time.

“In the end, we knew that we had more qual­ity and more power to win the game. When we scored to make it 1-1 we had a lot of chances,” con­tin­ued Sten­del.

“We played com­posed and had more con­trol and when we scored it was the next step to win­ning the game.

“In the se­cond half, it was dif­fi­cult with the long balls from Fleet­wood but then we worked hard to stay in front and in the end Mama closed the game for us and I’m very happy.”

Sten­del was pleased that Brown re­paid his faith to net his first ca­reer goal.

He said: “I’m very happy that he scored. He was very dis­ap­pointed af­ter the game at Coven­try when he had three big chances to score.

“He is a young player and we gave him the trust and the chance

to play in the first XI the next game and he re­paid it.”

Fleet­wood Town: Cairns, Coyle, Eastham, Spurr (Bol­ger 36), Hus­band, Tay­lor, Big­gins (Dempsey 72), Holt (Long 67), Burns, Evans, Ross Wal­lace. Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Crellin, Clarke, Gethin Jones, Sheron.

Barns­ley: Davies, Cavare, Pin­nock, Jack­son, Pinil­los, Bahre (Ade­boyejo 78), Dougall, Mowatt, Mon­cur (Thiam 68), Brown (McGee­han 87), Moore. Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Lind­say, Hedges, Walton, Potts.

Ref­eree: M Coy (County Durham).

PIC­TURE: TONY JOHN­SON

MA­MADOU THIAM: Made the game safe late on as fifth-placed Barns­ley hit back to win at Fleet­wood.

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