Barnsley 2 - 0 Leeds United

Match info: Championship at Oakwell Stadium

Date: 12/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Pawson Att: 13,999

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Chris Dagnall 63 (pen),66



FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: January 12 2013, 19:32 GMT

David Flitcroft vowed he would not walk out on Barnsley after strengthening his claims to become their next manager with a 2-0 win over Leeds.

David Flitcroft celebrates at the full-time whistle
David Flitcroft celebrates at the full-time whistle

The 38-year-old, minding the Oakwell shop after the sacking of his former mentor Keith Hill, guided the Tykes to a victory that was more resounding than it appeared, with Chris Dagnall's brace of goals doing the trick.

Flitcroft has now overseen two wins out of two, all while the likes of Terry Butcher and Sean O'Driscoll have turned down the vacant job.

An announcement from Barnsley on Hill's permanent successor is still to come, and Flitcroft did his best at flat-batting talk he is the main man afterwards.

He did, however, reveal that if he is offered the job, he will not be turning it down.

"I have found out a lot about myself in the last 10 days. It could change the way I look at myself for the rest of my career," he said.

"When you lead a group and they are all playing for you, it's different. I'm not going to walk out on that group of players.

"If I get sacked, I get sacked, but I've been taught well and you don't walk out on people."

It is understood Barnsley could make a decision by Sunday and, regardless of who gets the job, Flitcroft was happy with what his men produced in what could prove to be his final game as a caretaker.

"As a coach, you look at the performance. I told them at half-time I was excited about it. We overran and dominated Leeds," he said.

"I wanted to spend some time with the players and celebrate with them after the game, especially someone like Chris Dagnall. I worked with him at Rochdale where he got 24 in a season for us.

"I picked some music and put the goals to it and showed him before kick-off. He epitomises what it's like to be a Barnsley fan. He's hard working and he has that ethic they want."

While Flitcroft headed off to spend time with his family, saying he would wait for a call, Leeds boss Neil Warnock was left with the chants of 'Warnock, time to go' ringing in his ears.

Leeds have lost 5-2, 4-1 and 2-0 on their last three visits to Barnsley - albeit two of them under Simon Grayson - and Warnock felt the wrath of the 5,000 travelling supporters.

He tried to placate them by bringing a laptop to his post-match press conference and showing an incident he thought should have earned Barnsley's Stephen Dawson a red card - a foul on Ross McCormack - but did admit his men were not up to the job.

"We were very poor in the first half and if I had have been one of the 5,000 I might have said what they were," he conceded.

"I thought we had some great chances at the start of the second half and then there was a horrendous tackle from Dawson. How that's not a red card I don't know."

Warnock fought back against the crowd's claims he should go, however, insisting he was doing the best he could. The 64-year-old is not the first United manager to accept his club cannot compete at the top level of the transfer market.

"You can't blame the fans... they pay their money," he said.

"But I think I'm doing a great job if I'm honest and with one or two additions that I've got lined up ... I understand their disappointment but we know we need to strengthen."

Warnock also issued a warning note to Leeds' fans about the future of 19-goal striker Luciano Becchio. His assistant, Mick Jones, last week said he expected bids to arrive for the Argentinean and Warnock said: "His head wasn't right and that's why the transfer window is such a nightmare for managers. I'll be having a word with him."

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