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22:10 19th February 2013

The Agony Goes On

Barnsley 2 (Dagnall 49, Mellis 73)

Wolves 1 (Sigurdarson 7)

The agony goes on for Wolves. They took an early lead at Oakwell only concede twice after the break allowing Barnsley to leapfrog them in the Championship table and push them into the bottom three. 

New loan signing Jack Robinson made his debut in the left-back slot and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake returned up front with Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward dropping down to the bench.

Barnsley kicked-off defending the end of the ground that housed around 800 travelling supporters and they looked down as Wolves forced two corners inside the first minute. Both were taken by Bakary Sako with a defender turning the first behind at the near post before keeper Luke Steele punched clear the second.

It was all Wolves in the opening stages and after another Sako corner had been cleared Dean Saunders’s men moved into a seventh minute lead. Sako was the creator with a perfect through ball to Björn Sigurdarson who slipped past Steele and, from an angle, stroked the ball into the empty net (pictured).

Barnsley then won two corners of their own the second of which was taken by Tom Kennedy who planted the ball into the heart of the goalmouth where Carl Ikeme rose confidently to claim.

Twice in the space of five minutes, spectacular efforts almost saw Wolves increasing their lead. Ebanks-Blake took possession on the right hand corner of the area and suddenly let fly with a terrific shot that almost caught Steele out

Then it was the turn of Jamie O’Hara, from a similar position, to go even closer with the ball hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing down before being cleared.

From that lucky escape Barnsley were inches away from an equaliser just seconds later as Chris Dagnall held off Robinson before shooting just wide of the far post.

Robinson sprinted into the Barnsley box and pulled the ball back into the path of Sigurdarson who this time completely miscued his shot.

Kevin Foley had to turn behind a dangerous cross from Jim O’Brien before another chance fell to Wolves after Ebanks-Blake had been fouled to the left of the home area. Sako’s short, low free-kick ran to O’Hara whose shot was deflected behind off a defender.

Ikeme was ideally placed to save Chris O’Grady’s shot on the turn from 20-yards before a crisp move from Wolves saw Kaspars Gorkss releasing Robinson on the left. He slipped a pass inside to Sako who fired over the bar from an acute angle.

Play was swinging from end to end and after Marlon Harewood had fired wide for the home team, Sako ran into the Barnsley box and tested Steele with a low drive.

Ikeme’s goal had a lucky escape when Harewood wriggled his way past three challenges and, with the goal at his mercy, pushed the ball through the six-yard box and wide of the far post.

Sako tricked his way through two defenders and tried to find Dave Edwards with a short through ball but Steele claimed and the half ended with Dagnall shooting wide from a good position in front of goal.

Half-Time: Barnsley 0 Wolves 1

Less than four minutes after the break Barnsley were level as Dagnall’s header from Rory Delap’s centre crept just inside the post. 

Dagnall had another chance shortly afterwards when he skewed his shot wide whilst unchallenged to the left of goal. 

Delap was shown the yellow card after a heavy challenge on Sako before both sides made changes with David Davis replacing O’Hara for Wolves and Jason Scotland and Jacob Mellis going on for Harewood and O’Brien for the home team.

Midway through the half Sigurdarson nodded the ball on to Ebanks-Blake who cleverly turned his marker before shooting across the face of goal.

Then Ebanks-Blake ran down the left flank and passed inside to Sigurdarson who got goalside of his marker only to draw a fantastic save from Steele.  

But Barnsley completed their comeback in the 73rd minute when Mellis shot home through a crowded area after taking a pass from O’Grady.

Dean Saunders added Adam Hammill and Jake Cassidy into the fray in the hope of salvaging a point and there was a tremendous scramble in the home area in stoppage time. The ball was eventually cleared for a corner which Ikeme went up for.

But it summed up the night for Wanderers when Sako’s kick drifted out of play on the far side and the referee blew for time as Steele took the goal kick. 

Barnsley: Steele (capt), Wiseman, Foster, Cranie, Kennedy, Perkins, Delap, O’Brien (Melis 65), Dagnall, Harewood (Scotland 65), O’Grady (McNulty 78).

Unused subs: Alnwick, Hassell, Cywka, Rose.

Booking: Delap (61 – foul). 

Wolves: Ikeme, Foley, Robinson, Henry (capt), Batth, Gorkss, Edwards (Hammill 76), O’Hara (Davis 65), Sigurdarsson (Cassidy 84), Ebanks-Blake, Sako.

Unused subs: De Vries, Ward, Johnson, Doyle.

Referee: D. Sheldrake.

Attendance: 10,972. 


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