Neill Collins praised his Barnsley team’s character and the fans’ support after they won 2-1 in terrible conditions at Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

After Sam Cosgrove’s opener was cancelled out, Herbie Kane got the winner for the Reds who stay fourth in League One.

Head coach Neill Collins said: “I said to the players all that matters is three points. I can’t be too judgemental about the performance, although it was good especially the last 30 minutes. Wind and rain was a real leveller.

“Fleetwood were really up for it and asked a lot of questions and we stood up to them and got a big three points.

“Once we got a well-taken goal by Herbie – great to see him scoring again – we made it difficult for Fleetwood to create chances.

“We have shown character throughout the season but this week from Leyton Orient to Shrewsbury and today was great. We have a lot of quality, youth and energy but the character will stand us in good stead.”

Collins brought in Cosgrove for a rare start in place of John McAtee.

“We knew the conditions and pitch might suit Sam. We have asked a lot of Macca and, as a striker, it takes its toll. A little rest won’t do him any harm. I am pleased Sam got his goal and Macca made an impact.

“I made the decision then yesterday in training Sam was good and made me sleep a little easier. I fancied his chances today. We knew there would be balls in the box. It’s a really good goal for him to have going into the last part of the season.”

Adam Phillips provided assists for both goals.

“Phillo has been outstanding recently. We spoke about him last Saturday because he scored two goals. We need him on the field for 90 minutes. He provided quality but tracking back, winning duels and tackles as well.”

Barnsley brought on American January signing Donovan Pines after the winning goal, with his headers being cheered loudly from the away end.

“Jamie McCart has been out and, on that pitch, we wanted keep him fit. When he was booked, it was perfect to bring in Donovan. It is never easy going on into that environment but I thought the big man was excellent. I told him to head it and kick it and keep it simple.

“I wish fans reacted that way when I headed the ball.

“You can see why we brought him to the club. He will be a great addition. He’s a superb athlete. He will have different challenges against cute strikers. He’s quick and strong. There are aspects we can improve. But that’s the same with every player.”

On the fans’ reaction, Collins said: “I think that’s great. We need to help Donovan settle in and there’s nothing better than the fans getting behind him like that.

“At the fans forum recently, people were complaining about too much American influence so it was good to see them backing an American.”

The win was Barnsley’s ninth away this season. Collins said: “It's really good for the players to be running out as Barnsley away and always sold out and vocal and supportive. We have given them great days away and hopefully many more to come, at home as well.”