Jim Happy With Win
Saturday, 7th Apr 2007 19:37
Boss Jim Magilton was pleased with his side's passing and chance creation in their 5-1 victory over Barnsley. The Town manager says his squad are confident as they hit a good run of form as the season draws to a close.
Magilton said: "We passed the ball well and created some good chances in the first half. When Barnsley scored it looked a bit dodgy for us but, as they pushed forward, they left gaps which we explored. There were always goals in the game for us.
"We could have had more than five, but I can't have any complaints and it sets us up nicely for Monday.
"Confidence is sky-high at the moment but we must keep a lid on it. We have freshened things up in training and the players have responded."
Magilton singled out January signing Jon Walters for special praise but was also happy with many other performances: "The all-round play of Jon Walters was first class. If he had not scored it would have been a travesty.
"Franny Jeffers and Danny Haynes both found the net and played well, which gives us options.
"George O'Callaghan has been desperate to play and came in and did well. He grew into the game and scored a terrific goal.”
Despite the comfortable nature of the victory, Magilton says he will make changes at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday and hinted that Gavin Williams could return: "We left Gavin Williams out because there was no point in risking him getting a yellow card and missing two games.”
Williams is on nine yellow cards and would have faced a two-match ban had he received another prior to Sunday's deadline.
Barnsley boss Simon Davey is convinced his side can escape relegation despite dropping into the bottom three: "It was a bad day at the office but there is no doubt in my mind that we will secure enough points to stay in this division.
"We had to gamble to try to win the game so we had three up front. Now we must focus on our task. We have five games left and know what we have got to do. This was a setback, a cup final that we have lost.
"I am confident we can get out of this. Today we gave the first two goals away against the run of play. We shot ourselves in the foot. We got it back to 2-1 and, if we could have survived the next five minutes and then put them under pressure, who knows what might have happened?
"The morale is fine but we are in our first year in the Championship and knew it was going to be a tough season. We lost a lot of battles on the pitch today and at this level you get punished."
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