Barker calls for perspective

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown admits he is delighted with the

production line of exciting talent at Pittodrie.

Brown has paid tribute to the work being done by youth

development chief Neil Simpson and coach Neil Cooper.

Youngsters such as 20-year-old defender Joe Shaughnessy are

becoming regulars in Brown’s team along with teenagers Clark

Robertson, Cammy Smith and Ryan Fraser.

The Dons boss said: “We had four youngsters playing against

Dundee United last weekend – Joe Shaughnessy, Clark Robertson,

Cammy Smith and Ryan Fraser – in what was a demanding fixture.

“It is good for the club and good for the lads themselves. In

our previous game against St Johnstone, 10 of the 18 players on

duty for us were under 21 – and that was quite exceptional.

“The young players who are coming through have been brought on

by the two Neils. They are very important guys at Pittodrie.

“When you’re looking for a player to come in, you look over your

shoulder and they’ll say: ‘Here’s one.’

“Joe Shaughnessy is an example of that and was outstanding while

on his year-long loan at Forfar.”

The striker, whose goal 12 minutes from time had put the

visitors on course for the fourth round, appeared to be hauled down

by Tigers defender Alex Bruce, who was the last man.

“I do think it was a penalty,” Slade said. “He [Mooney] wouldn’t

want to go down in that position. He was hauled down so it was a

penalty.

“But he took his goal well and he’s very confident at the

minute. It was a great cross and David finished it really

well.”

Nick Proschwitz earned the Championship outfit a 1-1 draw and a

replay by heading home in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Slade added: “We were positive but it was the manner in which we

were disciplined and organised that pleased me. They have a very

strong squad and we knew it was going to be a tough afternoon for

us.

“It was probably one of our best performances of the season,

particularly without the ball. We created a few chances, but we

didn’t have loads of problems defensively and that was the most

pleasing aspect.

“You have to be disappointed having conceded so late on after

having played so well.

“I thought we could have done a little bit more to stop the

cross, and that was probably only the second free header they had

in the whole game.

“It was disappointing to concede that goal as I think we did

enough to go through in the tie. But the players are professional

and we need to bounce back.”

League One leaders Rovers, 15 places below the Rams, initially

started well but once Ben Davies capitalised on Fon Williams’

mistake in the 42nd minute, there was no way back.

Former Wigan striker Conor Sammon scored a second – his seventh

of the season – and John Brayford made it a trio of goals in 21

minutes.

Jeff Hendrick added a fourth before Mason Bennett struck to

round off the scoring.

Moore acknowledged his keeper’s error of letting Paul Coutts’

tame shot squeeze under him and into Davies’ path was the crucial

moment in the match.

“The turning point for me was the first goal,” he said. “I

thought we probably edged the first half so to concede was

disappointing for us.

“We were flat at half-time but, to be fair, the keeper has been

fantastic for us this season.

“He’s made some unbelievable saves and he feels deep down he

should have saved it but I’m not going to criticise him. He’ll come

back and hopefully keep a clean sheet next week.

“The basic defending just after half-time was poor and really,

we gifted them three goals but I think we can take a lot of

positives out of the first half.

“I didn’t think 5-0 was a reflection on how the game was. The

last time we got beat 5-0 we won three league games on the trot

.”

Eunan O’Kane fired the Cherries into a first-half lead before

Marc Pugh was booked for diving inside the box when the he was

convinced he should have had a penalty for Roman Golobart’s

challenge.

The visitors were then equally convinced Simon Francis had not

fouled Maynor Figueroa for the Latics penalty from which Jordi

Gomez equalised, the midfielder tapping home the rebound after

Shwan Jalan had saved his initial effort.

“Marc is not the type of player who goes to ground easily,” said

Howe of the first incident.

“If he goes to the floor I would bank on it being a penalty.

“And their penalty was disappointing. It was one of those 50-50

decisions and unfortunately it went against us.”

The hosts, who had reached the fifth round in each of the last

two seasons, made the perfect start at the Broadfield Stadium with

Nicky Adams’ 25-yard strike.

But two goals from Adam Le Fondre, the second from the penalty

spot after Noel Hunt had put the Royals ahead, secured the Premier

League outfit a place in the hat.

Barker was disappointed his side’s hopes of another cup

adventure were dashed – and frustrated that a section of the home

support were chanting at him to “sort it out”.

“We are disappointed, no matter how it started, because we

played well. We deserved more out of the first half,” the Red

Devils boss said.

“We have given a Premier League team a real good go. We created

enough chances to be ahead but their goalkeeper pulled off two or

three really good saves.

“To put their goalkeeper under as much pressure as we did, for a

League One team against a Premier League side, speaks volumes about

the players.

“I thought we would create something every time we went forward.

Their quality in the final third defined the fact we were a goal

down at half time. Adam Le Fondre and Hunt are good players.”

On the reaction to the supporters, who were chanting at Barker

as his charges tried to find a way back into the game, he said:

“You can’t educate some people, can you?

“I will do the best I can and one day when I’ve gone, a bit like

my old club, people will realise how well I did. The expectations

(among some supporters) are ridiculous.”