English League 2

Ward hails assertive approach

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Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:18:00

Barcelona's David Villa has been ruled out of Sunday's Primera Division encounter at Malaga through injury.

The Spain striker, who scored twice in the 5-0 midweek Copa del Rey win over Cordoba, picked up a hamstring injury in training on Saturday and has been withdrawn from the squad.

Villa was also forced off in the 77th minute of Thursday's cup tie with a leg injury and Barca say it is too soon to tell how long today's latest setback will keep him on the sidelines.

"The striker noticed discomfort during training this afternoon and, after testing, has been shown to have a hamstring elongation and will not play in Malaga," read a statement on fcbarcelona.es.

"(The injury's) evolution will decide his availability for the next games, as determined by the club's medical services."

Jake Hyde got the show on the road for Barnet with a clever lob over advancing Millers goalkeeper Andy Warrington after 21 minutes, racing on to Mark Byrne's ball down the right flank.

And eight minutes from time Barnet completed the job, Ricky Holmes beating his marker wide on the left and squaring for substitute Andy Yiadom to sweep home an unmissable chance.

Raynor said: "We started brightly and their 'keeper made one or two good saves, but then it petered out.

"We certainly had enough possession, in fact we dominated possession, but we were very disappointed with the result and the performance. Three individual errors were to blame for the first goal, giving the guy an easy chance.

"But with all the possession we had we didn't really create any clear cut opportunities. For the second goal we were throwing men forward and were susceptible on the break, but it was another sloppy goal that could have been avoided and we need to cut those out.

"That's five we have conceded in the last two games and we need to cut those out because it's just not good enough."

Jake Hyde got the show on the road for Barnet with a clever lob over advancing Millers goalkeeper Andy Warrington after 21 minutes, racing on to Mark Byrne's ball down the right flank.

And eight minutes from time Barnet completed the job against their promotion-chasing hosts, Ricky Holmes beating his marker wide on the left and squaring for substitute Andy Yiadom to sweep home an unmissable chance.

"I didn't expect it," Davids said. "But it went our way.

"Two very good goals as well but we have played better without getting the points, but we got the points. We had some good spells which I am happy about, but we have played better.

"If it had been 0-0 I would definitely have been delighted, but now I am even happier because we won.

"That's three wins in four but we still have to stay focused because every game for us is a final no matter who we play against because, at the end of the day, we are still close to the bottom of the league. Four of the bottom five have won so if they keep on winning we have to keep on winning."

The Shrimps found themselves 2-0 down after just 16 minutes at Home Park, Conor Hourihane and Paris Cowan-Hall putting Argyle into a commanding position in what was John Sheridan's first game in charge.

Substitute Ryan Williams reduced the arrears for Morecambe but it was not enough and the visitors saw Andrew Parrish sent off late on.

"Indiscipline has cost us. They had a new manager coming in and the crowd were up for it so the last thing we needed to do was give them a two-goal headstart," Bentley said.

"We made some poor decisions, which cost us two goals. Credit to Plymouth, they took the two goals well but they did not have to work too hard to get them and that's what disappoints me. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

"Once we changed it around and made some tactical substitutions we took control and should have got something out of the game given the amount of possession we had and the chances we created.

"We scored a good goal but should have had more than one goal to show for all our work and possession.

"I must mention the Plymouth pitch - and the groundsman who has done a good job - because the pitch was perfect, one of the best we have played on. It meant we were able to play some good football."

Skipper Conor Hourihane and Paris Cowan-Hall put Argyle into a commanding position before substitute Ryan Williams reduced the arrears for the Shrimps, who saw Andrew Parrish sent off late on.

Victory moved Plymouth out of League Two's drop zone, and Sheridan said: "The most important thing was getting the three points. We rode our luck at times but all that mattered was getting the win.

"We got off to a flying start with two great goals but when we were 2-0 up we needed to show a bit more nous.

"It's early days yet, though, and they area young side. I am going to have to teach them how to build on a lead.

"The most important thing is the three points. I am really pleased with the players because their attitude here and in training has been different class.

"Obviously the two goals coming so early did us a big favour and gave us a cushion. We got a bit edgy late on but that's natural in our position, it's not been very often they have had a two-goal lead to defend."

Danny Woodards, Eliot Richards and John-Joe O'Toole were on target for the Pirates as they cruised past a below-par Fleetwood.

Ward said: "We knew it was possible to win the game, we told the boys they could do that and they have.

"You never come to a place like this, against a team in the top six or seven and expect a comfortable afternoon. And it wasn't a comfortable afternoon, it was just good finishing and a lot of hard work. We had a lot of defending to do as well.

"The front players will get the credit but with 35 or 40 minutes to go the back four had to win the game for us and shut them out and they did.

"It was a result for front-foot football. If we had stayed off and let them play they are a good side. But we got amongst them and caused them trouble."

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