Barnsley have treated us pretty shabbily in the past pulling out late on several occasions so we were keen to put them to the sword and kicking downhill on a frosty morning we took early command and soon went 1-0 up. From a flick from midfield, JV won a header and raced on to it before finishing in style with a low drive from 16 yards. We continued to control the game with the majority of the play coming down our right hand side with Gilby, JV and Burnsy all linking up well. Despite this constant pressure, an old failing of not being able to take our chances came to the fore as we missed a host of chances that inexplicably meant it was only 1-0 at half time. Hotshot Burns was not his usual self spurning several chances as did Jebu.
With a change of formation at half time and kicking uphill into the sun, we lost all our fluency and our ball retention was utterly shambolic. Luckily Barnsley weren’t much cop and we were once again guilty of missing chances. This led to a change of tactics and we reverted to our 4-5-1 formation to almost immediate gain. Burnsy wriggled his way through the defence and just as he was about to shoot he was chopped down in spectacular style. Andy P scored the resulting penalty courtesy of the rebound and this opened the flood gates. Lee grabbed his first of the season nodding in on the line and then Burnsy finally got on the score sheet after rounding the keeper and slotting home continuing his record of scoring in every game he’s played this season.
The game began to peter out and there was just time for Jebu to make amends for his earlier misses when he found the bottom corner after a decent move to seal a 5-0 win. We are in real contention for the league this year as although we are in around 6th place we have games in hand and the last three games have seen us score 17 goals and concede 0 without ever reaching top gear.
Only four of us went on to the afternoon game at Oakwell, which is pretty disappointing from our lads to be honest but the ones who did go vented enough anger at the pathetic refereeing performance of Mr Kettle to make up for the absentees.
Up The Millers
JV, Steve and Denti