Aston Villa news from Birmingham Live as Louie Barry continues his excellent form for loan club Stockport County
Aston Villa starlet Louie Barry continued his excellent form at the weekend as he helped loan club Stockport County climb to the top of the League Two table.
Barry was named Sky Bet League Two player of the month for September on Friday after netting five goals in five games and providing two assists. That run also saw him break a club record by scoring in seven consecutive league fixtures.
And on Saturday, 20-year-old Villa forward Barry was at the heart of things once again as Stockport won 3-1 at Harrogate. Antoni Sarcevic opened the scoring before County doubled their lead courtesy of a Warren Burrell own goal.
Burrell’s own goal came after a brilliant run to the byline from Barry, who ghosted past home pair James Daly and Liam Gibson, before forcing the error from the Harrogate man. Will Collar then made it 3-0 before George Thomson scored a consolation for the home side from the penalty spot.
It was an eighth straight win in all competitions for Stockport. And Notts County’s 4-1 home defeat to third-placed Mansfield Town meant that the Hatters leapfrogged the Magpies into top spot.
Dave Challinor was left purring about Barry’s latest goal contribution. He said: “When he tiptoes along the touchline and byline like he did for the second goal, you think there’s no way he can stay up, but he has great balance.”
Challinor added: “It’s a real, real good effort to win eight games in all competitions in a row. It does give you an indestructible feeling but we’ve just got to keep churning things out, whether that means steamrollering teams or digging in to get results.
“This was potentially a tough game because, with their game plan, the back four and two central midfielders hardly moved, so it can be hard to hurt them in behind but, with the quality of our second-half performance, we should have won by more and it was never a penalty.
“We didn’t deserve to concede a goal, but that decision cost us that opportunity. Even at 3-1, it could have also flipped the game on its head because, if it had lifted them and they had got another goal, we could have been hanging on in a game that we were in absolute control of.”
Harrogate boss Simon Weaver felt his team were defeated by a side destined for League One but added that the hosts were still architects of their own downfall. “We lost to a good team but, if you give them chances, they will take them,” he said.
“They were ruthless because our expected goals number was actually higher, so there’s reason to be optimistic moving forward because we looked quite creative and our front four worked really hard to prise them open on occasions. But two mistakes led to their first two goals.
“We started the game looking professional, solid and hard to break down but, just before 15 minutes, a fundamental error from a throw-in has given them a goal, as well as hope and belief. Josh March had already hit the bar for us by that point and we fought back with Matty Daly going close a couple of times but you can’t give away the first two goals in the way that we did against a team that I expect to go up with the quality that they have in their squad.”