It was the same old story for relegation battlers Barnsley yesterday evening as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to promotion contenders Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
Looking as though they had a chance of winning a point or three at the interval after Carlton Morris had cancelled out Joe Rothwell’s opener in stoppage time, the likes of Michal Helik and Mads Andersen were unable to stop Ben Brereton Diaz scoring his 20th goal of the season, consigning the Tykes to another loss.
This latest defeat extends their winless run under manager Poya Asbaghi to six games, claiming just three points from a possible 18 during this torrid period and leaving them seven points adrift of safety as things stand.
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Added to this, the likes of Reading and Cardiff City, who are currently hovering just above the drop zone, have two games in hand over the South Yorkshire outfit and the duo will be been to extend this gap over the coming weeks.
Although predecessor Markus Schopp left him with a mountain to climb after winning just one of his 15 league matches in charge of the second-tier side, Asbaghi will be disappointed he hasn’t been able to improve the club’s fortunes with centre-back Andersen and forward Carlton Morris at his disposal, two players the Austrian had to start the season without.
But spending just six games in charge, should the Tykes’ fans already be starting to question the 36-year-old after failing to build on a hard-earned draw against West Bromwich Albion? Does he need the time and resources in the January transfer window to improve results?
We take a look at how a selection of supporters’ verdicts on their boss after the final whistle in Lancashire last night.
People will say it’s not poya fault…. However the formation is baffling… the attacking play hasn’t changed and he’s another coach who thinks oduors a forward…
— 🅰️nt 🆑are (@antclare78) December 29, 2021
I can't really blame him, we were a shambles before he arrived and have shown a slight improvement. How the board can sanction Kane to stay at Oxford is beyond me. We didn't replace Mowatt with any degree of success or experience and that is the main reason were gutless.
— Dave Leake 🏴🇮🇹 (@Housesetc) December 30, 2021
I don't think he's a bad manager but his hands are severely tied. We have 4 or 5 players capable of playing in a mid table championship team. The rest are div 1 and 2 players. No matter how he shuffles his deck everyone has better players than us.
— Smoked Back Bacon Man (@thesandsmeister) December 29, 2021
The way he set them up in his first match was appalling. Not improved much since. Equally as uninspiring as his predecessor.
— Richard Hammond (@R1chHammond) December 29, 2021
Little improvement, if any tbh. More of the same passing football that’s not worked for 18 games or so before he arrived.
— Alex (@alexdrummond95) December 29, 2021
Feel for him a bit but he doesn’t seem like the man for the situation. I look at Val and Struber, both big characters enforcing what they wanted and got results. I don’t think poya has the same aura.
— Herman Weissheiser (@weissheiser) December 29, 2021
He's no better than Schopp
— steve from tarn (@toptyke1) December 29, 2021
He’s now not won in 20 as a manger. Where is this evidence of coaching ability? He’s a nice fella but nowhere near good enough
— Lectio nihil dignum (@ontheleftwing) December 29, 2021