Vaz Te special lights up Oakwell as Reds hit five

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill was delighted with another confidence-building victory on Saturday at Oakwell as his side brushed aside gutsy Grimsby.

BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill was delighted with another confidence-building victory on Saturday at Oakwell as his side brushed aside gutsy Grimsby.

The Reds’ goals were spread around as the hosts dominated for long periods, although Hill, wasn’t overly impressed with the goal his side conceded to let the Mariners back into the game at 2-1 just after half-time.

The Reds boss said: “It was another productive game. It was inevitable that we were going to concede though. We should have dealt with that better.

“I’m really pleased though, it’s more progress.

“We’ve won, we’ve scored five goals, and it is just progress towards the Nottingham Forest game.”

The manager added: “Confidence is key of course, but I’m more concerned about not conceding. Every one of our lads has to have the function and understanding of how we’re going to protect our goal.

“With Grimsby’s goal three of their players reacted when Preecey parried the shot, but ten of ours didn’t.”

Hill fielded another strong team to face the Conference outfit.

Stephen Foster was handed the captain’s armband this time as Rob Edwards remained on the bench, while Andy Gray was missing altogether through injury and a thigh strain meant young Reuben Noble-Lazarus only made the bench.

In the middle of the park was Ricardo Vaz Te, the former Bolton Wanderers schemer on trial at Oakwell and featured at Hartlepool during the week under the name ‘Fernando’.

After Grimsby had seen Rob Duffy’s goal ruled out for offside the Reds took control and deservedly went in front in the 24th minute.

Vaz Te turned a neat pass into Craig Davies’s path and the big former Chesterfield hit-man slotted home comfortably.

Former Red Michael Coulson headed narrowly wide for Grimsby, but the hosts doubled their advantage just before the interval thanks to a cracker from the mercurial Vaz Te.

He drilled home a free-kick from well over 25 yards as goalkeeper Kenny Arthur was beaten convincingly.

Grimsby grabbed a lifeline in the 57th minute as Duffy was the quickest to react from David Preece’s parry of Frankie Artus’s free-kick, but two minutes later Barnsley regained control as they extended their advantage to two again.

Davies made it 3-1 from the penalty spot as he dusted himself down following a clumsy shove in the box from Town defender Charlie I’Anson.

From then on it was a procession as Grimsby wilted.

Sub Danny Haynes slotted past sub goalkeeper James McKeown, then in the last minute Jacob Butterfield topped a fine individual performance as he curled home a beautiful shot into the top corner.

Barnsley: Preece, Hassell, Foster, McNulty, Perkins, Addison (Doyle 55), Butterfield, O’Brien, Done (Noble-Lazarus 55), Vaz Te (Haynes 64), Davies (Lovre 76).

Subs not used: Steele, McEveley, Edwards, Wiseman.