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Barrow Boss Pete Wild Was "Pleased" With Our Opening Day Victory Against Tranmere

6 August 2023

Club News

Barrow Boss Pete Wild Was "Pleased" With Our Opening Day Victory Against Tranmere

6 August 2023

Barrow boss Pete Wild was left ecstatic after Kian Spence's wonder goal ensured that his side took all three points from Prenton Park.

Captain Niall Canavan drew first blood after netting at the back post following a set piece. The hosts then equalised after the break, as winger Josh Hawkes both won and converted a penalty to level the contest.

With Rovers hunting for a winning goal, Spence struck, silencing the home fans after Elliot Newby ventured down the left flank before whipping in a cross that could only be cleared as far as Barrow’s number eight. Spence then rocketed his volleyed effort beyond Luke McGee, who stood no chance.

The visitors eventually triumphed after a grueling nine minutes of injury time, and the gaffer was full of praise for his goalscoring debutant.

“Hitting strikes like that on your EFL debut isn’t bad, is it? It was a great strike; I am really pleased for him. He [Spence] has a bright future ahead of him, so has to keep his feet on the ground and listen to the older players around him.”

Alongside Spence, Wild started three other new recruits, with Dean Campbell, Emile Acquah, and David Worrall earning their place in the starting XI. Junior Tiensia and Courtney Duffus were also quickly introduced from the bench and impressed.

Wild stated: “We wanted to bring in an athletic bunch, and I certainly think we have done that. If you look at our bench today, you will see loads of athleticism, so we could bring on people who are quick and athletic.

“We introduced two really good young prospects in Dean Campbell and Junior Tiensia. They have really good experience around them who can help them and guide them. As long as they listen to them like they did today, they have every chance.”

It wasn't only the new recruits who impressed the manager. Wild was full of compliments following a strong team performance and impressive victory away from home.

“Tranmere are a good side; [Ian] Dawes has set them up really well. I think they will be a threat to most teams that come here. It is a tough place to come and a ground where Barrow never usually win. So I am really pleased with how the lads played today.”

He continued: “After the first fifteen minutes when everybody settled down, I thought we moved the ball really well. I thought that we created some really good chances, especially in the fifteen-minute spell before half time."

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