Ivan Toney was forced from the pitch with ‘sickness’ as Barnsley made it eight League One defeats in a row.
The Newcastle loan player has helped Barnsley into the area semi finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek but was powerless to prevent this latest defeat for the South Yorkshire club.
The score was 2-0 to Port Vale when Ivan Toney was forced off with sickness according to Barnsley boss Lee Johnson, so maybe no surprise he was below par if not feeling at his best.
After the match though, the Barnsley Manager claimed that only a ‘Worldie’ from former Newcastle goal Jak Alnwick had prevented a home win.
The stats appearing to back that up, with Port Vale scoring from their only two shots on target, whilst Barnsley had 10 shots altogether with six on target – scoring only a late consolation in the 77th minute.
Jak Alnwick is thriving after securing a permanent deal after an initial temporary contract, although former Newcastle centre-back Remie Streete was left on the bench on Saturday for Port Vale.
“There are signs of encouragement. Even the fans will understand the players gave their all. We’ve dominated, the players and I feel hard done by.
“We’ve won everything except the most important stat, we didn’t deserve to lose that game and their keeper (Jak Alnwick) has had a ‘worldie’. We’ve got to keep going, a lot of our play was good today.”