Kozluk to the rescue

BARNSLEY boss Simon Davey was today urgently checking on the fitness of Rob Kozluk and the form of Marciano Van Homoet.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 24th September 2007, 11:14 am

Dominik Werling's red card at Southampton will rule him out of Saturday's home game with Cardiff, leaving Davey looking for a left-sided defender.

Kozluk broke down at Stoke last Tuesday with a groin problem. He could return to the team in Werling's place after missing the trip to Southampton.

Otherwise Davey could be tempted to give Van Homoet his first-team debut after signing him in the summer from Sparta Rotterdam.

The Dutch defender has recovered from a broken hand and played twice for the reserves.

Davey could have another vacancy in his team at the weekend if he cannot persuade Everton to let out Anderson de Silva for a second month on loan. Under the current agreement the Brazilian midfielder is due back at Goodison Park this week.

Grant McCann's two goals from free-kicks at St Mary's should have sealed his place in the team.

Up until Saturday the Northern Ireland international had not scored since his Barnsley debut in November last year when his long-range drive in the 90th minute brought a 1-0 win over Ipswich at Oakwell.

Before Saturday Barnsley had not won in Southampton in 22 years. The last success was a fifth-round FA Cup tie at The Dell in 1985.

n Meanwhile, new loan star Michael Johnson wants to stay at Hillsborough and believes that Wednesday should carry on keeping faith with the man who signed him, Brian Laws.

Johnson, man of the match on his debut, would like to join the Owls on a full transfer.

The 34-year-old defender described Laws as a very good manager - as the Owls boss celebrates a win that relieves pressure on him and saw the club end a losing run that had led to speculation about his job.

Johnson said: "To get three points, you could see the relief of the fans and the gaffer.

"I spoke to him earlier in the week. He knew the importance of the game. When he asked me if I'd like to come, I looked at the position of the club - obviously they had no points. But I knew the size of the club, and I remember them coming to Derby, and dominating us.."