Scunthorpe United 1, Barnsley 2
(Johnstone’s Paint Trophy)
The Reds have made two trips to Glanford Park already this season – and they’ve beaten the Iron both times.
Lee Johnson’s men saw off Scunthorpe, managed by ex-Reds boss Mark Robins, in a penalty shoot-out in the opening round of the Capital One Cup a few weeks ago, and then on Tuesday night they returned to overcome the Iron in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
That made it a successful day all round, after the Oakwell outfit had pulled off three signings on transfer deadline day – securing Swindon striker Michael Smith on loan with a view to a permanent deal, snapping up Gloucester City forward Harry White, and concluding a permanent deal for goalkeeper Nick Townsend from Birmingham, who had been at the club on loan.
And Townsend played his part as Barnsley won Tuesday’s tussle.
“I’m pleased,” Johnson told the press afterwards. “I thought we showed a lot more energy than at Rochdale on Saturday. We’re a good side when we play with energy but we’re still learning.
“Generally, they’re [Scunthorpe] a good side and full of strong, experienced professionals. But at times they couldn’t live with us.
“It was nice because we didn’t have to expend maximum energy. We managed to keep the ball moving.
“I thought Kadeem Harris was a really good outlet for us and was a threat all game.
“This group will get better and as we go into Saturday’s match with Shrewsbury, I hope we’ll see more of what we’re about.”
Lewin Nyatanga and Marley Watkins got the Barnsley goals in the second half, before Charlie Goode relied for the hosts in the dying seconds.
“I was pleased for Marley,” said Johnson. “He keeps going, he never stops running. He got a bit lucky but the more he works the luckier he gets.
“Progress means a lot in this competition. We’ve got a good squad and we can utilise that. We’ve got Ryan Williams coming back so, hopefully, we can utilise him.
“We’ve brought in Michael Smith today and all of a sudden, you’re looking round and not sure of what team we’re going to pick.”
So, that’s two successive cup victories over Scunthorpe – on their own turf – already this season.
But the Reds would probably swap that for six points and two league wins!
Scunthorpe: Daniels, Goode, King (McSheffrey, 66 mins), Wallace, Wiseman, Laird, McAllister, Bishop, Adelakun, Hopper (Madden, 68 mins), Wootton (van Veen, 72 mins). Unused subs: Anyon, Syers.
Barnsley (4-4-2): Townsend; Wabara (Bree, 56 mins), Mawson, Nyatanga, Smith; Rothwell (Digby, 81 mins), Scowen, Crowley (Wilkinson, 87 mins), Harris; Winnall, Watkins. Unused subs: Hourihane, Roberts.
Attendance: 1,796 (398 Barnsley).