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Mellon coy on future after magnificent win

Match Report: Brighton 1-2 Barnsley

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Reds caretaker Micky Mellon

Sensational goals from Paddy McCourt and Jacob Mellis secured Barnsley a shock win at high-flying Brighton on Tuesday night.


The Reds got their first away win in 16 games since February 9 under the stewardship of caretaker Micky Mellon just three days after the sacking of David Flitcroft. They are still bottom but have halfed the gap between them and safety to three points.


Mellon dedicated the victory to Flitcroft as well as coaches Martin Scott and Guy Proctor who also left the club. He refused to answer any questions about his future or whether he would like the job and said it was up to the board.


Brighton's excellent right winger Craig Conway hit the bar on 20 minutes but the Reds were playing some good football with a fluid midfield five of Mellis, McCourt, Kelvin Etuhu, David Perkins and Tomasz Cywka behind Marcus Tudgay up front.


The visitors went ahead on 35 minutes when McCourt turned away from two Brighton men, skipped past a third then played a one-two with Tudgay before scoring with a scuffed finish that Tomasz Kuszczak should have kept out. It was a tremendous goal like his strike against Middlesbrough.


Mellis replciated McCourt just after the break by picking the ball up 40 yards from goal, drifting past two and exchanging passes with Tudgay before beating Kuszczak at his near post. It was the former Chelsea youngster's first of the season.


Reds 'keeper Jack Butland made a superb save from Will Buckley but Brighton pulled one back from the resulting Conway corner as Matt Upson headed in. Ashley Barnes then missed two decent chances before Butland denies Buckley yet again when he went through on goal.