Barnsley desperately needed a boost – and they finally got one with a battling victory over York City on Tuesday.
A 2-1 victory at home to the Minstermen in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, having gone a goal behind, ended an alarming run of eight successive defeats.
Another defeat could have arguably cost under-pressure manager Lee Johnson his job.
But a vital win sees the Reds move with just TWO wins of a place a dream Wembley final having progressed to the Area semi-finals, which will be played the week commencing 7th December.
Undoubtedly a return to form in League One is what Johnson most craves, but a welcome come run will certainly raise spirits amongst disgruntled supporters and gives the manager a platform from which to build from.
And it was new signing Adam Hammill who delivered for the Reds when it really mattered.
Back at the club on a two-month deal following a four-year absence, the former Liverpool winger set-up Ben Pearson’s equaliser, netted the winner and deservedly scooped the man of the match award for his heroics.
“I was delighted on a personal basis, but more so for the lads because I’ve come in the past week, seen the talent is there, but realised they needed geeing up a bit,” admitted Hammill.
“We needed to end the losing streak, so we’re just delighted to have got the win.
“We’re only a few games away from Wembley now, but we’ve got to take that performance against York into Saturday now and each and every league game.
“I’ve come in, added a little bit of experience and know-how, so it’s a little bit different for me because when I first joined the club it was the other way around.
“I’ve taken that responsibility and really thriving on it and enjoying it.
“I’ve come in, trained hard and been vocal. I’ve added things to my game and I really am thriving with this responsibility.”
Hammill was originally signed by former Reds boss Simon Davey and quickly endeared himself to the club’s supporters.
And the 27-year-old revealed he turned down offers to join other clubs because he is held in such high esteem at Oakwell.
“I’ve got a lot of fond memories at this club, I hold the people and fans here in high regard,” said Hammill.
Meanwhile, the Reds were rocked by the news yesterday that influential midfielder Josh Scowen has been ruled out for 10-12 weeks with a medial ligament injury.