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Coca Cola Championship Date: 25th Oct 2008

Barnsley 0 - Bristol City 0


Barnsley FC again showed Bristol City the footballing ropes at Oakwell, with an very impressive display in which we created plenty of chances to seal it but woeful finishing was the story of the day as Jon Macken was the worst culprit of wastefulness in front of goal... seems he's been getting a few tips of Odejayi. It was a good day down at Oakwell and the draw sees us move out of the relegation zone, and makes it four games undefeated at home, it seems Oakwell is beginning to be a fortress again, there is a recent tangible note of confidence coursing through the team.

We reckon at BFCweb that the way we have played through the season so far, every department as looked impressive apart from the strike force, we have seen some good things from Iain Hume, but if we had one more highly capable striker, then we would be challenging in the play-offs rather than hovering near the relegation zone. I'm sure Simon Davey knows this only too well... our strikers get so much supply and chances it is unbelivable. We need another clinical finisher who can convert more of these chances, then the team can take on anyone.

Lets make this quite clear before we start, the tykes should have won this game, they bossed it, showing more skill, determination and work rate than the high flying Bristol City for most of the game.

The Tykes created the better opportunities with Iain Hume and Jon Macken with woeful efforts from one-on-one situations.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce was the closest to breaking the deadlock, but the winger's freekick effort from inside the area struck the crossbar.

Both teams looked to keep the ball on the ground on a windy day, although it was a more direct route that almost brought the first goal after seven minutes.

A weak clearance from the home defence fell to Gavin Williams who struck a first-time shot from 35 yards which caught Heinz Muller flat-footed, the German goalkeeper only spared his blushes when the ball flashed into the side-netting.

Barnsley should have taken the lead four minutes later when Anderson da Silva stole the ball in midfield before laying off a pass to Hume who saw his shot well blocked by Adriano Basso, who was quickly off his line.

From there the opening period became a cagey affair with both sides cautiously passing the ball around without posing a threat.

Barnsley were running with the wind at their backs in the second half and they soon sprang into life forcing Basso to handle a back pass on the point of the six-yard box.

From the free-kick Campbell-Ryce blasted a shot through the four-man wall which ricocheted onto the crossbar before falling to Macken whose shot at the back-post was brilliantly blocked.

Macken spurned an even better chance a minute later after Da Silva again stole the ball in midfield before playing in the Irish striker who slid a lack lustre effort wide (did someone pay £5.5m for him once upon a time!!).

City were being outplayed by their hosts and their boss, Gary Johnson, sought to inject some invention into his flagging team replacing strike duo Lee Trundle and Dele Adebola with Nicky Maynard and debutant John.

It worked in so far as City settled after their inclusions with Marvin Elliott shooting over the crossbar while a dangerous cross from Maynard was allowed to pass harmlessly across goal.

Barnsley replied with the impressive Da Silva shooting narrowly wide following a corner.

The home side pushed forward in the closing stages, with Rob Kozluk booked for a dive in the area in injury time, as the game stayed goalless. Kayode Odejayi looked to have been fouled in the area in the dying minutes, but the pathetic officials at the match today... didn't see anything... again!

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