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Coca Cola Championship Date: 25th Oct 2008

Barnsley 2 - Watford 1


Following on from the turbulent match with Sheffield United and the injury to Iain Hume, its back to football again, but it brings it all into perspective, its a sport, people shouldn't nearly die playing it. Its not a gladiatorial arena in which players should be hurt to win the game. Well, the match against Watford still takes place, and we should perhaps look at is as lets give Iain Hume something to smile about, as his team mates play for him, and seek a win for him.

All the best Iain.

The reds did hopefully give Iain Hume something to smile about, all things considered. And it took a fight back from going a goal down against the run of play, up against the second worse side to visit Oakwell this season, the worst BY FAR being donny rovers. Not taking anything away from the lads spirited fight back to reverse the scoreline. Giving us all something to cheer about after being cynically cheated last week against the non-footballing ethos of the dee-dars.

New club captain the excellent Stephen Foster scored the winner as Barnsley hit back to defeat struggling Watford at Oakwell, how many times has he popped up and done that for the reds!

Foster, who has taken over the role from Brian Howard, struck from close range with just 19 minutes remaining for his third of the season.

Tommy Smith had earlier seen his second-half opener for the Hornets cancelled out by substitute Miguel Mostto in the 69th minute, scoring his first goal of the season, lets hope this spurs him on for more. .

Foster's winner ensured Barnsley ended a troubled seven days on a high.

Striker Iain Hume is recovering in hospital after fracturing his skull against Sheffield United last week, while manager Simon Davey was charged with improper conduct by the FA after being sent to the stands in the same match.

Tykes striker Jon Macken and Spanish midfielder Diego Leon both threatened to break the first-half deadlock. Jon Macken looking particularly sharp on the turn and hitting the bar.

Watford, who sacked manager Adrian Boothroyd 12 days ago, twice went close themselves through Hungarian striker Tamas Priskin.

Barnsley made much the better start and we could have been two goals up in the first 20 minutes.

Leon set the early trend with a second-minute shot blocked by Watford defender Ross Jenkins, before Macken's goalbound header was also well-saved by Richard Lee.

Dennis Souza got in the way of Lee Williamson's 20-yard volley at the other end, but the Tykes were soon back on the attack.

Spanish midfielder Leon was a whisker wide with a 25-yard effort, and Macken then hit the bar with an angled drive from the edge of the penalty area.

But it was not all one-way traffic. Williamson curled a shot just wide, and Priskin's venomous shot brought the best out of Barnsley goalkeeper Heinz Muller.

Priskin was then wayward from only 12 yards as Watford finished the first half strongly, and Jon Harley forced Muller into another fine save with a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Watford edged ahead seven minutes after the restart when Jobi McAnuff's cross from the right was met first time by Tommy Smith, who converted from six yards.

Barnsley responded through Leon, who headed Bobby Hassell's cross wide, while Campbell-Ryce forced Lee to save with his feet.

Smith went close to putting Watford 2-0 up when firing a 25-yard shot just over the crossbar, but the Tykes turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes.

Mostto finished clinically from inside the penalty area in the 69th minute low into the corner, and after Campbell-Ryce had forced Lee into two more superb saves in the space of 30 seconds, Foster edged the home side ahead.

Watford failed to clear the ball from their penalty area following a corner and Foster pounced to despatch a right-footed finish from six yards.

Macken and Williamson swapped long-range shots that were blocked and held respectively before Leigh Bromby blazed his volley high and wide when well-placed to level for the visitors.

Muller was forced into another super save in time added on by Will Hoskins, but Barnsley held on to clinch their third win in four league matches.

All in all, the reds got a deserved win and were the best team on the day.

Scorecast Barnsley 2- Watford 0
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Mostto 69
Foster 71

Smith 52

HT: 0-0

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