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Barnsley suffer from City blues...again

Barnsley suffer from City blues...again

The only thing as damp and dull as the weather at Oakwell last night was a miserable performance from Barnsley who haven't yet got out of first gear this season.

A neat finish from Peter Whittingham was enough to take all three points from Barnsley and back to Wales.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce returned to first team action and it was he who had the first shot on on goal, his 18-yard effort was blocked by Comminges.

The Jamaican was at it again on the right in the fifth minute, turning well to feed Howard in the middle, his 25-yard effort went just over of Heaton's bar.

Cardiff's Darren Purse thought he had given away an early penalty for handball after Hume turned the centre half but the referee claimed it was ball to hand.

Peter Whittingham had the visitor's first attempt on goal, he curled a 20-yarder with his left foot just around dthe post.

Jamal Campbell -Ryce was then booked inside the tenth minute for slamming the ball down after the referee and linesman failed to see a blatant foul on the little winger.

Hugo Colace brought down Gavin Rae which gave McCormack the chance to test Steele from 35 yards, Steele did well to clutch onto the ball after it zipped off the wet surface.

Peter Whittingham then put the away side in front in the 14th minute as Darren Moore failed to clear Paul Parry's left-hand cross. Whittingham composed himself before curling the ball past Steele into the top corner from 12 yards.

Barnsley were quick to reply with Hume whizzing a 25-yard effort wide of goal. Again the Reds were straight back at the Bluebirds, the lively Campbell-Ryce had his effort blocked.

Oakwell debutant Hugo Colace was breaking up play well in the middle of the park.

After a relatively quiet period Cardiff almost doubled their lead on 25 minutes as Whittingham's shot took a wicked deflection and bounced just wide of a relieved Steele's goal.

City kept posession well and managed to sneak the ball into the Barnsley box with some neat passing to be eventually cleared by Souza.

Luke Steele then rescued Barnsley with his first save of the night after a 10-yard effort seemed destined for bottom corner.

Roger Johnson then rattled the right-angle for City at the enof he half as he rose highest to meet a wicked corner.

Two minutes of added time was too long for the Reds faithful who eventually booed their team off at half time.

Second Half:

Neither side managed to create an opening withing the first ten minutes of the second half, City looked happy to sit on their one-goal lead.

After an hour had passed Foster swung in a looping cross for Odejayi to battle for,but the Bluebirds cleared for a corner as the home crowd finally came to life.

Kozluk found himself in the refree's book for a cynical trip on McNaughton.

The Reds were struggling to create anything and hardly managed to string two passes together, soon finding themsleves chasing the game.

Jay Bothroyd was introduced for Ross McCormack as the clock ticked over seventy minutes.

Simon Davey's first action of the game brought Diego Leon into the mix for Iain Hume much to the anger of the home fans.

Everyone in the ground thought the Reds had equalised but Brian Howard's curling shot went just wide of Heaton's left-hand post.

Diego Leon then had a rare header straight at Heaton but the linesman had his flag up for offside.

The clock was ticking down and Odejayi almost pulled a header out of the bag as he rose to meet Foster tastey cross, the big Nigerian's effort went just inches wide of the right-hand post.

Jay Bothroyd's sweeping left-footed effort whistled wide of Steele's goal after Joe Ledley worked well down the left wing.

Diego Leon was almost in on goal with two minutes remaining but his first touch bundled the ball out for a goal kick.

Four minutes of stoppage time were added giving Barnsley a chance to pull a point out of the bag, but it wasn't to be.

It really was a performance to forget for the Reds, who are in desperate need of another three points at Soutampton on Saturday.

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Writer:MattyG
Date:Wednesday September 17 2008
Time: 12:05PM

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