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BARRY MURPHY'S GROVE STREET COLUMN

14 January 2022

What a crazy game it was on Saturday. A coach’s nightmare, as they say.

Sometimes, people think that because you’re playing against 10 men that it’s going to be a lot easier or whatever – it doesn’t work that way in football. What happens is they get men back behind the ball and catch you on the break – which they did, with the pace that they brought on.

It was Norman Rimmington’s memorial match; he’d have been having a bloody nightmare if he’d been sat there as well!

But the most important thing for us is that it all worked out in the end. It doesn’t matter how you win, just that you win. A lot of teams have gone out with shock defeats right through the cup – you look at Newcastle United and Reading – and it’s what the cup is all about.

This is why we love the competition and, thankfully, we got the result.

I said in the Legend’s Suite before the game that the player to look out for was Ollie Banks and that free-kick is still rising now! I’m sure we can all agree that that was a fantastic strike. He’s Ian Banks’ son and he made Barrow play.

It wasn’t just that goal that stood out though – you look at the lad Devante Cole and Josh Kay. I don’t think there was a bad goal all afternoon, in truth. They were all classics and, like I said, fortunately we came out on top and we worked hard for it.

I thought our Carlton Morris changed the game in our favour; his class stood out. And Callum Styles did well in the centre of the park – he worked his socks off, which he does week in, week out for the side.

But not to take anything away from Barrow, they worked just as hard and gave us a fright. I thought it was a cracking game for a neutral – anyone just coming there to watch a football match, it was goal after goal after goal and it was absolutely tremendous.

I’ve never seen anything like that at Oakwell. One after the other.

And I have to say, the young lad, Joe Ackroyd making his debut was brilliant. It’s what the U23s and U18s is all about, for Bobby Hassell, Martin Devaney and Tom Harban to bring these kids through. That’s the way to do it.

This idea of training with the first team, a few of the outstanding players in the juniors, I think it’s a fantastic idea. That’s what the job is for Bobby, Martin and Tom – to fetch players through at that level. It’s superb.

Fetch your own kids through, like we used to do.

I did it for a while and there were four or five, the likes of Banks, David Speedie, Joe Joyce and Mick McCarthy – they all came through from the juniors and that’s what your job is, to fetch them through.

I thought the Ackroyd lad did well when he came on and didn’t look out of place, so I think it’s tremendous that he’s bringing the young kids through.

At our level, we’re not like the West Brom’s who can go out and spend lots of money on players, so I think the best thing to do is to bring these kids through, and I thought it was great to see.

It’s good for the other youngsters as well, who see that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, so it’s fantastic.

Blackpool wouldn’t have been an easy game. They are going well in the league and they’ve got the lads up front, Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates, who are scoring goals, and they’ve got players who will work hard… so when it’s rescheduled, we’ll have to be at our best.

But, if we can pick some results up as soon as possible, it would be excellent for us and the confidence. There’s no easy matches in the Championship, but we’ve got to be up for it.

The lads should take confidence from the win against Barrow, but I know we’d all take three points at the next opportunity over a cup run.

Stay safe,

Barry.


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