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Mark Burton pleased with Barnsley response after win against Crewe Alexandra

23 February 2015

Barnsley caretaker-manager Mark Burton was pleased with his side's performance in the second half and applauded their spirit after a 2-0 home win against Crewe Alexandra.

Crewe failed to create any real chances of note, although striker Marcus Haber managed to get himself into a number of promising positions, and paid the price as Lewin Nyatanga provided the 66th-minute breakthrough by heading home an excellent free-kick from Josh Scowen.

With Crewe looking unlikely to score, the game was put to bed in the 79th minute when their substitute goalkeeper Paul Rachubka failed to make a catch from a corner and instead diverted the ball into his own net to give Barnsley the two-goal cushion.

Burton said: "I was looking for a reaction and I got it. We started a little edgy and our plan didn't work first half.

"I thought our plan to expose their full-backs didn't work and we changed things round and once we got the goal I felt there was only one winner.

"The reaction from the players all week showed me that we were going to get some kind of gritty, passionate performance and that's what I saw, especially in the second half.

"We put them on the back foot and all credit to the lads. We restricted Crewe to counter-attacks and they are dangerous.

"You've got Marcus Haber on the shoulder, you've got Jamie Ness who drops in those pockets and they are a decent counter-attacking side, but we pinned them in."

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