FORMER Ipswich Town striker Jason Scotland scored with his first touch in a Barnsley shirt, leaving manager David Flitcroft singing his praises as he fired the relegation-threatened Reds to within four points of the Blues.

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Scotland came off the bench in the second half to double the South Yorkshire side’s lead – after Chris Dagnall’s opener – the Reds emerging 2-0 winners over Millwall at Oakwell.

The result means Barnsley, as well as fellow bottom-three team, Bristol City, who beat Watford 2-0 at Ashton Gate, are now four points behind the Blues, although both have far superior goal differences.

“Jason played his part. But I’m more excited about his quality on the ball, his passing, his movement, wow, his one-touches - brilliant,” said Flitcroft.

“His finish was exquisite, but I look at his all-round game, his intelligence, runs and link-up play and he said to me before the game: ‘Don’t worry about me Flick, I’ve got an unbelievable touch and my movement is great.’

“I’ve only known him 24 hours, but there’s already an excitement round him and a calmness and I look forward to working with him because he might have found a home here.”

14 comments

  • Gross stupidity best explains the events here. JS was an Ipswich player, we could have let him move on for nothing on the basis that he couldn't sign for specified rivals, but no why do that, it smacks of intelligence? He could now come back to haunt us by scoring the goals that send us down.Whoever agreed to this move without strings attached should be dismissed.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Let's face it. We haven't had a decent striker for years. Not either those that have gone or those we currently have. Jordan Rhodes would probably have been the only one, but playing for town would he ? Every striker seems to score as soon as they leave PR or does it just seem like that? May be the one's we have would score given the chances, but then again they had chances to kill off just about every team within a few points of us and can't do it. Oh, for a Paul Mariner, Trevor Whymark, Ray Crawford, Rod Bellfit,Darren Bent, Alex Matthey, or even a Shefki .

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • As one of those accussed of 'always banging on about Scotland' it will give me no pleasure to be proved right. In fact all I ever said was that he was never given a chance at ITFC - especially compared to Chopra. It does not reflect well on MM that he has brought in a plethera of loanee strikers & the only one to score was the one we gave away !!!!! Scotland was a contracted player who took a pay cut to stay here & stated his committment to the club & it was always going to be a gamble letting him go. In some ways it is similar to Jewell trying desperately to boost his centre back situation only to find that the one he had given away - Delaney was the best of the bunch !!!!! I'm sure MM will stand by his decision but to allow Jason to go to one of our relegation rivals could well be a decision which comes back to haunt him. Of course none of us know how things will pan out but already it seems that Jason is appreciated at Barnsley - which he never was here - & he may well respond. As I say given the number of replacements brought in this represents a real gamble by McCarthey & should Town get relegated & JS fire in the goals to save MM's home town club this may well be an embarrassment he cannot survive.

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • We probably had a 20 goal a season man in our ranks if he had been given a decent run in the team. I still have confidence in McCarthy but I do think letting Scotland go may have been a big mistake having not been able to secure the services of DJ Campbell.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Catastrophic decision to allow Scotland to join a rival team. Within days he's pulled us 3 points nearer the drop.

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Foe once think of the player, who has not been treated great by the town why then put blocks on a move at last we did the decent thing for him if it comes back to haunt us then so be it one goal is not going to change the whole season and they scored more than one so his was not the winner. Hope he does well he deserves it

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    finchk702

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Have been singing the praises of Jason for ages,and of course Flitcroft is right. Why couldn't MM see this?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • he has gone to barnsley get over it,COYB.

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    david peters

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Well Ipswich fans what do it say when players leave town like Scotland and many more and immediately impress and score goals? Town have become a poor, bad club since evans and his 3 clown managers took over!!!

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Good luck to him, but if he's a erratic for them as he was for I doubt we'll see many more page filling articles like this one.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Ironic that one gravy train riding manager released Stead so he could recruit duds & another rejects Scotland and loans in duds... and now Town supporters will be hoping both misfire as they attempt to stay above the relegation dogfight that should be impossible for No Loans to shoehorn Town into.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Just checked the table and we are 4 points above the relegation places not 3 as in this article !

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    gaz man gaz

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • TrueBlue - you're right I did complain about us having too many strikers - but from the point of view of getting in several loanees to the detriment of our own players. My argument re Scotland was that he was never given an extended run in the team - certainly under the stewardship of either PJ or MM. This was in direct contrast to Chopra who we seemed to bend over backwards to accomodate - even when playing a loan striker - to which he was so obviously not suited. If Chopra was not going to score he was not going to make a contribution - whereas Scotland always put in a shift & worked tirelessly for others. Maybe we were watching different matches but I can never recall feeling that Scotland let the team down. It is of course always a matter of opinion but I truly feel that had he been given a fair crack of the whip he would have been equal to the various other strikers used during his time. The real point here of course is that we paid off his contract to get rid of him - which in effect could mean that we are to an extent financing him till the end of the season & indeed could be viewed as paying him to help one of our rivals escape relegation. This is where the similarity with Delaney is so relevant - in that we paid up his contract while he joined Palace immediately. Don't you think it's strange that the worst defender you've ever seen has been ever present in an excellent Palace side ??????? As I say we all have our own opinions but that being the case I think it is incumbent on you to explain why it is such a good idea to get rid of our own players & replace them with countless loanees ???????

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Old timer JS played plenty under RK and did not deliver he came on and was in the right place at the right time to poach a goal. So what. One sawallow does not make a summer. As for DD he is frankly one of the worst defenders I have seen in an ipswich shirt.- I agree PJ should not have let him go given our CB position at the time. But remind me was it not you complaining about us having to many strikers?

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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