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Football: HUNGARIAN GOAL-LASH; Coca Cola CHAMPIONSHIP Birmingham v Leeds, tonight, 7.45pm Stoke 0 Barnsley 1.


HUNGARIAN hit-man Istvan Ferenczi kept up his hot streak to give bargain basement Barnsley real hope of beating the drop.

Ferenczi banged in his fourth goal in three games since his surprise arrival from Zalaegerszeg, pouncing on a horror slip by Stoke centre-back Jon Fortune in the 43rd minute. The international forward showed his pedigree after being starved of the ball until fellow countryman Peter Rajczi fed a pass that Fortune unfortunately turned into his path.

Ferenczi curled a beauty beyond keeper Steve Simonsen to give Steve Davey's men a surprise lead to hold on to against frustrated Stoke, who are promotion outsiders.

This crucial win takes the Oakwell side out of the bottom three and proved they are a tight unit who could yet defy the odds and send down some more illustrious rivals.

Meanwhile Tony Pulis's team are still without a home victory this year and are crying out for a striker or two. The lack of a cutting edge made it tough to break down their dour, determined opponents.

Lee Hendrie tried some clever flicks and tricks, while Liam Lawrence provided quality service at times but was let down by the finishing of his mates.


TYKE THAT: Istvan Ferenczi after scoring winner
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 27, 2007
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