Vital Football

Latest Barnsley FC News

Nothing To Fear On That Display

Nothing To Fear On That Display

If that is the standard that Barnsley have to reach in order to emulate runaway league leaders Queens Park Rangers and reach the Premier League, then they don't have very far to go at all.

On another day the Reds could have taken all three points at Oakwell, but in the end it wasn't to be as Neil Warnock's side hung on for the win to all but seal promotion to the Premier League.

Adel Taarabt's first minute goal was enough to grab all three points for the Hoops but it was their only effort on target all night, whereas the Reds smashed 13 shots at Paddy Kenny's goal with one smacking the post and five finding the target but not a single one finding the back of the net.

Taarabt might have been lucky to stay on the field early on after appearing to swing a kick at Barnsley's Matt Hill. The referee deemed a yellow card punishment enough for the Spurs loanee.

Barnsley looked the better side for large parts of the game, with the Reds finding it easy enough to keep the ball but difficult to create clear cut chances.

QPR's game plan as soon as the goal went in appeared to be to sit on the lead. They were content enough in only trying to catch Barnsley on the break but it was rarely an opportunity as the Reds dealt with everything the Hoops could muster aside from the shock strike inside the first minute.

If the Reds can invest in shrewd loan signings once more next year and find some consistency in the league, they should have no trouble at all in reaching the upper echelons of the Championship.

I'm sticking my neck out here and it's not out of bitterness, because we had nothing to play for before the game even kicked off, but without Taarabt, Queens Park Rangers will struggle in the Premiership.

Having said that, and again aside from the goal, Barnsley dealt extremely well with the Moroccan, with most of his attempts at trickery bamboozling only himself.

I'd also like to single out Andy Gray in particular, whose hold up play was once again excellent, bringing the dangerous midfielders Butterfield and Mellis into play time and time again.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:gooderzone
Date:Tuesday April 12 2011
Time: 11:48PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Barnsley Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

30 Minute Halves - No Rebounds On Penalties?

The International Football Association Board are investigating a variety of rule book changes when it comes to the future of football.

Archived Vital Barnsley Articles

Vital Barnsley articles from

Site Journalists

Vital Tyke
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich man of match
Suggested By:
Davies19%
Bree3%
Roberts2%
MacDonald2%
Yiadom3%
Scowen3%
Morsy40%
Hourihane3%
Kent3%
Winnall3%
Bradshaw5%
Hammill5%
Payne3%
Janko6%
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Barnsley Results (view all)

Barnsley Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football