Almanac Soccer: Barnsley FC update


Championship: a Barnsley Update.


There have been five more games since my last report on the Tykes and overall it’s been pretty good for the Barnsley team.


They played  Middlesbrough, the Boro, for a 2-0 win on the 10th of April then off to Coventry City on April 18th. Unfortunately the sky was not blue for the Tykes and the Coventry side nicknamed the Sky Blues gave the visitors a thumping 2-0 defeat.  Manager Ismael was not amused with the attitude of the players and let it know he wanted more commitment in three days time. This was a real wake up call as they fronted up on to a fellow Yorkshire side Huddersfield Town.


Huddersfield Town known as The Terriers, don’t you love their nick names, played a hard tough game and took it right up to The Tykes who played much better as a team and managed to win 1-0. The battle of the Yorkshire dogs.


You don’t get much time to recover over there, and so in 3 days time they fronted up to Rotherum United another Yorkshire town who are battling to stay in the Championship. The Millers as Rotherum United are known as, were very unlucky to lose to The Tykes. The Tykes Manager was not happy with the team and publicly stated that the better team lost, however a win is a win and Barnsley stay in the Playoffs.


A few days ago the Tykes played Preston North End known as the Lilywhites . They are a middle ladder side in good form having won their last two games. They were too good for Barnsley beating them 2-0. The Tykes boss Valerien Ismael was very disappointed. He said failure to pressure throughout the game was costly. The team needs to refocus he said on BBC Sport. On May 4 they take on Norwich City known as the Canaries, who have been a top side all year, after being demoted last season. They have already won promotion back to the Premier League next season so will want to finish on a positive note especially as this is final game of the season for them. This is the last game of the season for Barnsley before the play offs, so the Tykes need to lift.


This time last year The Tykes were battling to stay in The Championship and it was a complete surprise to everyone that they succeeded. Just twelve months later, here they are with a good chance in the play offs to get promotion to The Premier division.


Interesting times indeed!


Rod Oaten .


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  1. Anything can happen in the playoffs, Rod.
    I would love to see Barnsley in the Premier League.

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