Saturday 22nd September 2012
HT: 0-0
Att: 13,893

Birmingham 0
Barnsley FC 5


Foster 50
Davies 54, 60, 65, 73

One of the best games ever from the Reds, a brilliant surprising (away from home) rout of recent Premiership side and cup winners Birmingham City as Barnsley hammered five goals starting as late as the 50th minute, and a solo demonstration of finishing from Craig Davies who got four goals... all in front of the world on Sky television.

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The Barnsley side were maginificent, and it wasn't while the 50th minute when Stephen Foster got in at the far post after two players failed to clear.

It was the Reds first clean sheet away from home for 24 matches, and based on our usual away day hoodoo surprised everyone. Its nice to get the result, as in midweek we played Blackburn off the park but ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline, despite taking the lead.

We tore through a woeful Birmingham side and Davies secured his hat-trick in just 11 minutes, and had four in 17.

Barnsley were in control possession wise throughout, but neither side had as shot on goal at the half hour mark.

The opening goal came from a corner, which came about following errors in the Birmingham defence. Marlon King missed the crossed ball completely and the ball landed for Foster to knock it into the net, but this was to open the floodgates as the match turned into a televised goal fest for the Reds.

We got hold of the ball again in the Birmingham half due to some more bad play from the home side, the ball was squared to find Davies and he gratefully fired home from close range.

The Reds calm simple passing play cut open the home side once again as Craig Davies had good work down the left, then cutting in round two defenders to fire into the bottom corner for Barnsley's third.

Moments later Davies was causing problems for the home defence as he jinked his way in to create his hat-trick. The rout was completed as Dagnall for the ball unmarked from a throw in to pick out and pin point pass for Davies to head in his fourth at the far post.

Deeply embarrassing for Birmingham City, ecstacy for everyone connected to Barnsley FC.

Keith Hill's comments on the game:

"There has been no better result but we performed equally well at Blackburn in midweek and got beaten.

"I am really pleased for everyone who believes in what we are trying to achieve at Barnsley.

"Craig Davies takes the honours but this performance has been achieved from the groundwork he put in last season.

"You have to keep players to educate them and Davies is a mobile target man who scores goals. It's as simple as that."

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