Hill savours Barnsley win

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Ricardo Vaz Te (second left)

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Ricardo Vaz Te (second left)

Barnsley manager Keith Hill was savouring one of the highlights of his career after his side ended a near 22-year Elland Road drought.

First-half goals from Ricardo Vaz Te and Craig Davies helped the Tykes to a 2-1 win over Leeds, securing their first win in West Yorkshire since a victory by the same scoreline in April 1990.

Hill said: "It's definitely one of my highlights. To come to Elland Road and win in the manner that we did; it's up there. It was great to celebrate with the players and the supporters and it was a special moment for the fans."

Ross McCormack pulled a goal back for Leeds after the break but a stirring revival never materialised. The closest the home side went to levelling was when Ramon Nunez forced Luke Steele into an injury-time save after David Perkins had been sent off for a second yellow card.

"It was about keeping the ball and not allowing the home supporters to get behind Leeds the way we know we can," Hill said of his side's gameplan.

"We kept the ball excellently and that allowed us to defend the way we did. It was about retaining the ball and diffusing the atmosphere. You can come here, go gung ho and make it attack, attack, attack. We defended by keeping the ball."

The result marked a fourth home game without a win for Leeds and was a second straight capitulation on their own patch following the 5-0 mauling by Blackpool. They remain in the play-off places but, with off-field problems to deal with such as the ongoing row over Andy O'Brien's alleged refusal to play for the club again, Simon Grayson has work to do.

"When you look at our previous results, winning the last two away from home, then we want to build on recent games," he said.

"We started well but without any real opportunities. They slowed the play down, we allowed Barnsley time on the ball and they have players who can hit you on the counter-attack.

"We normally have movement and opportunities at home, but today, even when we scored the goal, we didn't work their keeper or back four enough. We can play a lot better than that."

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