Sunday Mirror

An­other screamer for boss Ismael

- Sports · Leeds United A.F.C. · Watford F.C. · George Miller · Watford · Tom Cleverley

half-vol­ley — again from 25 yards out.

For yes­ter­day’s en­core, the for­mer Leeds United man hit an un­stop­pable drive to leave Fos­ter help­less as the ball zipped in off a post.

At least it sparked up the Hor­nets, and the vis­i­tors forced Oak­well keeper Jack Walton into ac­tion three times as they piled on the first-half pres­sure. A cross by wing­back Kiko Fe­me­nia was cut out by a div­ing Walton.

Then Walton was off his line to grab the ball from the feet of Joao Pe­dro, who had been set up by Is­maila Sarr, be­fore smoth­er­ing an­other low cross by Fer­minia, the Spa­niard be­ing de­nied again when he tried a shot him­self.

Barns­ley de­pended on quick break­outs to threaten the Wat­ford goal.

From one such move, Pa­trick Sch­midt fed Do­minik Frieser, who hit a fierce ef­fort over.

Hor­nets skip­per Tom Clev­er­ley put a pow­er­ful ef­fort the wrong side of the post, and Ben Wilmot did lit­tle bet­ter when he sent a header over and put an­other one wide.

Barns­ley sub­sti­tute Ge­orge Miller should have sealed it when he was set up with a one-on-one chance against

BARNS­LEY: Walton 7; Soll­bauer 6, He­lik 7, An­der­son 7; Brit­tain 5 (Oduor 45, 6), James 6 (Kane 71, 5), Mowatt 8, Styles 6; Frieser, 6, Sch­midt 6 (Miller 59, 6), Chap­lin 6.

Un­used subs: Collins, Halme, Thomas, Si­moes.

WAT­FORD: Fos­ter 6; Fe­me­nia 7, Cath­cart 6, Troost-Ekong 6 (Gray, 75), Wilmot 6, Sema 6; Clev­er­ley 7 (Hughes 82), Capoue 6, Chaloubah 6 (Gar­ner 65, 6); Sarr 7, Pe­dro 6.

Un­used subs:: Bach­man, Ngakia, Kabasele, Quina.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Alex Mowatt. An­other long-dis­tance won­der goal gave Barns­ley their sec­ond win in five days.

Fos­ter, only to stab wide. But the day be­longed to Barns­ley, who look good to steady the ship un­der Ismael.

Wat­ford boss Vladimir Ivic said: “I’m con­cerned this is our third game in a row with­out a win. We cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties but couldn’t score. I am dis­ap­pointed.

“A mis­take by us let them in to score a fan­tas­tic goal, but we must start bet­ter and work harder.

“We have to im­prove and start with more con­fi­dence.”

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