Reds Suffer From Sky Blues
16/08/08 - 3pm
Simon Davey brought Scottish international Gary Teale on-loan from Derby, the 30-year-old went straight into the starting line-up on the right hand side of midfield.
It was an extremely bright start for the Reds. Leon controlled well in midfield before the ball found its way to Macken on the right wing, whose teasing cross was nodded away by Elliott Ward with Hume close-by.
Another neat move from the Reds saw Teale`s effort blocked after Macken had almost connected with Hassell`s cross.
The Reds really took the game to Chris Coleman`s men as Coventry were happy to soak up the Barnsley pressure.
What happens when Barnsley start battering their opponents? They concede. Freddy Eastwood claimed his first goal of the season on twelve minutes when his left-footed cross found its way into the corner of Luke Steele`s net.
Coventry`s first real chance of the game came with twenty minutes on the watch. Danny Fox`s sweet free-kick found the head of Elliot Ward, his header cannoned off Steele`s left-hand post.
The Red`s spark had fizzled out in the middle of the first period, Gunnarson danced his way into the Barnsley box and his shot was neatly saved by Luke Steele.
Clinton Morrison will consider himself the luckiest man on earth as the referee gave a free-kick in his favour as his hand connected with the ball in his own box. It really was a ludicrous decision, which ultimately altered the outcome of the game.
The Tykes drew level just before the break and it was no less than what they deserved. Gary Teale`s first time cross found captain Brian Howard who hammered the ball into the roof of the net, giving Westwood no chance.
Eastwood stung the palms of Luke Steele with the first chance of the second half, the Welshman struck a great drive after being fed by Michael Mifsud.
The second half was a lot closer with no real clear-cut chances.
The away side then took the lead with an extremely well worked goal on sixty-eight minutes. Westwood`s big goal kick found it`s way to Julian Gray, who curled a neat strike into Luke Steele`s far post.
Iain Hume then saw red on his home debut, his hard challenge on Michael Mifsud earned the Canadian international a second yellow card and an early bath with ten minutes to go.
Barnsley: Steele, Foster, Hassell (Odejayi 85), Souza, Moore, Howard, Leon, Devaney, Teale (Rigters 74), Hume, Macken.
Subs not used: Mostto, Butterfield, Atkinson
Coventry City: Westwood, Mifsud (Doyle 86), Fox, Dann, Ward, Gunnarson, Tabb, Beuzelin, Gray (McKenzie 79), Morrison (Simpson 86), Eastwood.
Subs not used: Ireland, Turner.