Football: Fenton happy to be among `honest pros'

Barnsley 0 Leicester City 2
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Carl Liddle

Barnsley 0

Leicester City 2

Graham Fenton, Leicester's most recent addition, believes the club's spirit can take them to even greater heights as they prepare to receive Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Cup first round, second leg at Filbert Street tomorrow night.

Fenton has settled in quickly since his move from Blackburn Rovers, although there was an element of good fortune about his second goal for the club at Oakwell when Barnsley's Larse Leese palmed his second-half penalty straight back to him.

"I tried a bit of kidology and mind games when I ran up to take the penalty and nearly paid for it," he said. "After the game the lads took the mick because they thought it was a terrible kick but I'd gotten out of jail. It taught me a lesson."

Fenton could not be happier with life after joining players he describes as honest pros. "It is our team spirit and togetherness within the squad which will take us forward," he said.

And the Geordie striker believes no one epitomises this better than fellow goalscorer Ian Marshall: "He's just an honest lad who does his job, he'd never let anyone down. We all know how important he is to the club and that spirit.

"Ian is the most underrated of players who is just as happy defending as he is playing in our attack. He is simply not bothered as long as it benefits the team."

City scored twice in a nine-minute spell to add even more pressure on Barnsley, who dropped down to second bottom after this defeat. "Back we go to the drawing board," said their manager, Danny Wilson.

Goals: Marshall (55) 0-1; Fenton (63) 0-2.

Barnsley: Leese; Appleby, Sheridan, Moses, De Zeeuw, Redfearn, Liddell (Marcelle, 70), Tinkler (Bullock, 64), Krizan, Barnard, Ward. Substitutes not used: Thompson, Hristov, Watson (gk).

Leicester City: Keller; Izzet, Lennon, Heskey (Claridge, 78), Savage, Kamark, Prior, Elliott, Marshall, Fenton (Cottee, 67), Guppy. Substitutes not used: Campbell, Wilson, Andrews (gk).

Referee: G Poll (Tring).

Bookings: Leicester: Marshall, Kaamark, Lennon. Barnsley: Tinkler, Sheridan, Moses.

Man of the match: Marshall.

Attendance: 18,660.

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