BARNSLEY celebrated a Bobby’s job as Hassell’s goal stung the Hornets.
Only six minutes had gone when the Reds were forced into a change. Preparing to take a thrown-in on the right, Delap appeared to pull up and as he was forced to limp gingerly towards the changing room, on came sub Hassell.
O’Grady was causing problems as he tried to latch on to Perkins’ hopeful ball. The big on-loan Wednesday striker wriggled past Doyley, only for ‘keeper Bond to charge off his line and smother the danger.
The hosts did eventually break the deadlock, after 35 minutes. Mellis swung in a free-kick from way out on the left fans’ favourite HASSELL rose highest to power a great header past Bond.
The Reds had a chance to double their lead seconds before the break, only for O’Grady to nod over the top.
It was becoming increasingly a backs-to-the-wall effort, though the visitors still hadn’t registered a strike at goal.
That was until the 72nd minute, when Wiseman’s weak clearing header fell invitingly to Vydra, who volleyed a shot straight back in at the alert Steele.
The gutsy Reds were still hanging in there and Flitcroft’s tenth win in 16 games since taking over as boss was very much within reach.