It’s been an up and down week for Barnsley this week. A win against Yorkshire rivals Hull City was followed by a defeat at Reading, which ended the Tykes’ good run of form.
Barnsley’s 1-0 win over fellow Yorkshire side Hull saw the Tykes pick up their third win in three, with the gap between themselves and safety appeared to be shrinking. Cauley Woodrow’s first half goal was enough to secure back-to-back away wins for Gerhard Struber’s side.
However, a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Berkshire left Barnsley sat in 23rd place, with five points the current gap between themselves and Stoke City, who occupy 21st place.
Here, we look at TWO hot and TWO not from Barnsley’s busy week in the Sky Bet Championship…
Hot: Cauley Woodrow
Despite the poor result against the Royals, Woodrow has had an impressive week. The 25 year-old striker netted his 15th goal of the season away at the KCOM last Wednesday night. The former Fulham man has been crucial for the Tykes so far this season with his goals and is set to play a huge part in the run-in to aid Barnsley’s attempt to retain their Sky Bet Championship status for another season.
The striker was alert and reacted first to a mistake from Hull City goalkeeper George Long to prod home the only goal of the game.
Hot: Positive run suggests Tykes can stay up
Barnsley’s recent run of three wins from three suggests that they have what it takes to beat the drop this season. Wins against Fulham, Middlesbrough and Hull have given the Tykes a huge chance at securing their safety. Recent performances have been increasingly positive in recent weeks. And even though they were on the wrong end of the scoreline at Reading, Struber’s side accumulated 23 shots on the Reading goal and dominated the proceedings.
With Wigan, Luton and Stoke all to be played between now and the end of the season, if the Tykes can reproduce their earlier winning form then they could find themselves out of the bottom three at the most important part of the season.
Not: Defensive struggles creeping back in
Barnsley have conceded the third highest amount of goals so far this season, having conceded 60 goals in 36 games. Struber appeared to have nailed down the defensive part of their game with three consecutive clean sheets. However, their defensive frailties returned at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Poor defensive communication resulted into a calamitous first goal which was credited to Yakou Meite. It appears that set-pieces are a real thorn in the side for Barnsley so far this season and if they want to pull themselves out of the bottom three, they are going to have to improve drastically during the last ten games.
Not: Goal conversion
Regardless of whether you are playing home or away, if a side is having 23 shots in the game, one is bound to find its way into the back of the opposing net. Unfortunately for the Tykes, they weren’t able to find the net in 23 attempts and mustered up just six attempts on target.
This was a combination of poor finishing, outstanding goalkeeping and being forced to take shots on from outside of the box. The Royals were able to defend their box well which gave the Barnsley players no choice but to try their luck from range.