Barnsley 3 v 1 Bradford City (Sky Bet League One)
Bradford City arrived at Oakwell for a Yorkshire derby against Barnsley Football Club in front of the Sky camera’s. Phil Parkinson made one change from the side that beat Crewe bringing in Billy Knott for Filipe Morais.
City had an excellent start in the game when after forty-four seconds a Mark Yeates pass found Jason Kennedy on the edge of the Barnsley area and the midfielder coolly slotted the ball passed Ross Turnbull to give City a 1-0 lead.
On eight minutes Luke Berry took control of the ball before taking aim from outside the box, Jordan Pickford was at full stretch to tip his raising effort over the crossbar.
Then seven minutes later a James Bree deflected cross fell to Devante Cole inside the area, but the striker’s effort at goal was blocked by a diving tackle from Andrew Davies.
After sixteen minutes, Conor Hourihane hit a shot on the turn from just outside the box which was tipped around the post by Jordan Pickford low to his right.
Alan Sheehan’s low corner on twenty-one minutes was flicked on by Rory McArdle before Billy Clarke’s first time effort was stabbed wide from close range whilst under pressure from Martin Cranie.
Gary Liddle then received his fifth yellow card of the season for a foul on Ryan Williams which means he will miss next Saturday’s game against Sheffield United, Barnsley went close from the resulting free-kick, when Hourihane hit a low drive which was well saved by Jordan Pickford.
Barnsley had two more excellent efforts on goal before half-time the first fell to Sam Winnall on thirty-five minutes, who hit a fierce rising drive from an angle inside the area that clipped the top of Jordan Pickford’s crossbar before going behind for a goal-kick.
The second effort fell to Conor Hourihane who turned away from Billy Clarke’s attempted slide tackle, before hitting a rising drive from just outside the box that sailed over Jordan Pickford’s crossbar.
Danny Wilson’s half-time team talk must have been something special as Barnsley came out in the second half and put City straight under pressure. The pressure told on forty-eight minutes when a Conor Hourihane free-kick was headed past his own goalkeeper by Rory McArdle to make it 1-1.
Barnsley were now controlling the game and had a number of excellent chances to extend their lead, Sam Winnall went close on fifty-five minutes with a thirty yard effort that flew narrowly wide of Pickford’s post.
Ryan Williams on loan from Fulham then went close on fifty-nine minutes, when he found space at the edge of the City area, but his shot was well blocked by Rory McArdle which allowed Jordan Pickford to collect the ball.
Devante Cole then ran at the City defence and found space inside the Bradford penalty area but as Davies and Darby closed Cole down he tried to take an extra touch and pushed the ball out of play for a goal kick, when he should have scored.
City tried to respond straight away with a purposeful run from Filipe Morais but his run eventually ended with the Portuguese midfielder drilling a low shot-come-cross into the area, which was narrowly missed by Billy Clarke.
On seventy-two minutes, after collecting a pass from Conor Hourihane inside the box, Sam Winnall turns inside before firing in an angled strike across goal that Jordan Pickford pushes away from danger.
City should have drawn level on seventy-nine minutes when Mark Yeates found Jason Kennedy who sent in a fizzing low cross across the six yard box which was just out of the reach of Billy Clarke.
Ten minutes later, Mason Bennett stood up a testing left footed cross into the box but Aaron McLean could only head over from a decent position in the middle of the Barnsley area.
Barnsley wrap up the points in the dying seconds of the game through substitute Kane Hemmings. Conor Hourihane’s drive into the box was halted by a fine tackle from Rory McArdle, but the ball broke free to Hemmings who drilled the ball home past Pickford from just inside the box to make the final score 3-1.
Some of the Bradford City supporters showed their disappointment at the end of the game by booing the players off the pitch, which in turn caused small sections of the City supporters to fight with each other at the final whislte.
Speaking after the match manager Phil Parkinson said, “We obviously got a great start with the early goal, but it was almost as if there was a feeling that the game would just take care of itself after the goal.
I said to the lads at half time that I felt we had become a little self-indulgent in possession rather than playing as a team. We had some good patches of play in that first half don’t get me wrong, but Jordan Pickford had to make too many saves.
Despite having the lead at half time, we knew we had areas to improve but unfortunately in the second half we were second best. That is obviously disappointing for me to have to say but I felt we neglected too many of the basics this afternoon. There were certain areas where we were slack.
With the likes of Rory McArdle and Andrew Davies at the back, it was unusual for us to concede the goal like we did early after the restart. I believe there is some talk of a push on Rory but it was still a soft goal from a bog-standard sort of delivery.
We didn’t respond well enough after their second half goals. We did have some balls flashed across their six yard box, maybe on another day someone could have gone sliding in on one of them, but it wasn’t to be.
We’ve had a great run away from home until today and we’ve played some good stuff but today wasn’t good enough from us over the course of the whole ninety minutes.”
Barnsley – Turnbull, Bree, Ramage, Cranie, Nyatanga, Williams, Bailey, Hourihane, Berry, Winnall, Cole (Subs) Brown, Dudgeon, Tracey, Hemmings, Davies, Mvoto, Lita
Bradford City – Pickford, Darby, Sheehan, McArdle, Davies, Knott, Liddle, Kennedy, Clarke, McLean, Yeates (Subs) Williams, Meredith, Dolan, McBurnie, Morais, Routis, Bennett
Goals – (Bradford City) Kennedy (1) (Barnsley) McArdle (48,og), Winnall (65), Hemmings (90)
Attendance – 10,499