Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley thrashed their opponents Rotherham 4-0 at Oakwell this week. Barnsley continued their perfect start to the new English Championship season with yet another win.
Barnsley had to problem forcing the visitors to succumb with their constant attack. They had beaten Derby and Queens Park Rangers in the first two games of the season, and they continued their fine form against the Millers.
Goals from Marc Roberts, and Adam Hammill started the riot, but late efforts from Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Kent made Oakwell a place to be. The victory will ensure Barnsley move to third position on the current standings. Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom would be delighted with the efforts of his squad considering that they came from the League One last term. Heckingbottom would be satisfied with efforts so far with the hope that the team can get some rest during the international break.
Rotherham coach Alen stubbs woes were compounded that afternoon as his struggling team lost the game. The chairman Tony Stewart was seen complaining during the second half. Before the encounter, both teams had not met since 2005. The game started with an effort from Danny Ward being blocked, and Barnsley attempted through Sam Winnall minutes later. As the first half wore on, the Reds became more comfortable. Hammill sent a real attempt, testing goal keeper Lee Camp from the edge of the box.
The attacks went either way, with the visitors coming close through Jake Forster-Caskey. The first half ended without a change in score-line. But the second half was different as Barnsley were on another level. They scored two goals in three minutes. Roberts broke the deadlock in the 54th minute as a free kick dropped into the box, leaving the centre half with just shooting it into the net. Hammill scored a quick second, weakening the opposition. Bradshaw scored in the 86th minute, leaving Kent to compound the woes of the visitors.
English Premier League side West Ham have defeated Barnsley and Leeds United to the signature of Red Devils youngster Ashley Fletcher.
The 20-year old player played the second half of the last campaign at Oakwell where he scored in the play-off final match against Barnsley. Barnsley won the game and were eventually promoted to the Championship but the display from the player forced them to place him on their priority list this summer. Their efforts ended in futility as the young player chose Premier League football over what they had to offer.
Leeds United have been monitoring the player and even encouraged to attempt to sign the player after he refused a new deal with Man United. West Ham just rolled in and spoilt the plans of both sides by getting the signature of the player. West Ham are reported to have offered the player a four-year deal. Barnsley are reported to have quickly changed tactics by approaching the Hammers for a loan deal for the player. Due to his age, the Red Devils are only entitled to compensation in the region of £500,000. Read more »
West Ham academy product George Moncur has decided to join Barnsley after agreeing to a three-year deal, according to the club.
The player completed the switch from Colchester as the terms to join the Reds were agreed last week.
Moncur now gets set to join in the pre season training with Barnsley looking to get the best of off the talented player in the forthcoming season. Moncur scored 14 goals in a struggling Colchester team in the last campaign and Barnsley will be hoping he brings even more to the table when the season kicks off.
The 22-year old said he wasn’t ever in doubt as if he would join the team at Oakwell, as soon as the club showed interest in him. Head coach of Barnsley, Paul Heckingbottom told the official website that the club has been tracking the progress of the player for long and they were happy that they finally landed the player. Heckingbottom said: “He’s a huge talent and was a stand-out player for Colchester, so it’s a big signing and a fantastic addition to the squad.”
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English League One side, Colchester United forced Barnsley to a draw over the weekend.
Colchester United is second to the bottom on the table but was able to hold the Barnsley squad to a surprising draw, especially as the season inches to an end.
Barnsley had hoped to turn around their fortunes especially having had several draws that has limited their climbing up the league table. They defeated Port Vale by a lone goal late last month before their eventual loss to Chesterfield. The team came back after the loss to claim a 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic. Then their string of draws started. They played the first against Burton Albion which ended as a goal less encounter. The draws were paused by a slim victory over Peterborough U
., the draws continued with Sheffield Wednesday then the one Colchester United pulled even as Barnsley hoped to climb over Bradford to fifth place as the season ended.
Colchester United drew level eight minutes into added time to prevent play-off-chasing Barnsley going into the season’s final day two points above rivals Scunthorpe. Barnsley – who could have secured a top-six spot with a win had Scunthorpe also not beaten Port Vale – are now only above the Iron on goal difference. Read more »
Paul Heckingbottom has been able to win the manager of the month award within one month of his arrival at Barnsley.
He was appointed as the manager only in February, but the club was able to pick up an astonishing 13 points from just six matches in March. A solitary 2-0 defeat against Southend was the only blemish for the club during this period. This has helped Barnsley move closer towards the play-off places. The club had to go through a period of uncertainty after former manager Lee Johnson was given the permission to talk with Bristol City.
Johnson ended up leaving for the Championship club, thus leaving Barnsley’s promotion hopes in tatters. The arrival ofHeckingbottom has been met with no reduction in performances and the club are now only four points behind the sixth placed Millwall. There is every chance that this gap will be reduced even further if Barnsley win their game in hand.Heckingbottom said that it was a team effort to put together this run of form. He has credited the players for managing to continue the winning run despite several injuries affecting the squad in the 2015-16 campaign. During the month of March, Barnsley kept four clean sheets and this may be the basis behind the good form. Read more »