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Coca Cola Championship Date: 30 Aug 2008
MATCH REPORT :
The Reds get 3 points on the board, from a excellent second half performance against Derby County... and passing on to Derby County the bottom spot in the Championship with relish.
The first half of this game was dire from both sides, without much being created.
The game sprung to life in the second half, Simon Daveys inspired substitutions bringing the reds (and Oakwell) to life, Odejayi was brought into the fray making it three up front as Davey chased the game and the important three points. Iain Hume was impressive up front with a hard working performance, tracking back and a capping it all with a wonderful volley into the top left corner from just outside the area, in front of the 'Ponte'. Odejayi came on and transformed the reds against a poor Derby side.
On another note... Jewell was quoted in the sunday press as saying that Derby were the better side, and if that is his perception of football, then he deserves the sack of lack of judgment alone!!! But his time may have run out at Derby, with the Oakwell faithful late on in the second, coming up with prophetic song.... "your getting sacked in the morning". Which I'm sure didn't make him feel much better about his day and his situation.
Hulse went closest to breaking the deadlock on 61 mins. charging into the area, and his shot going wide of Steele's post.
But the turning point came on 62 mins. with time running out for Barnsley to register points at home, Davey put Ode on for El Haimour, and the big man got every ball coming over and providing knock downs galore as part of the three man attack, he put himself about more, his forte is definitely the support/build role, rather than the goal scorer himself, like role Heskey used to have for England when he was getting stick himself for not finding the net enough.
On 64 minutes Steele got blocked a good effort by Hulse and a minute later good work from the keeper again kept out the low drive from Kazmierczak.
County had another chance following Howard's slip, and again it was Luke Steele, in fine form throughout the game keeping Villa out on 71 minutes.
The atmosphere stepped up several gears within Oakwell with both sets of supporters making an exciting last half hour.
It was in the 72 minutes when we got out sensational opener, following a free kick from Howard the ball dropped 30 yards out, Iain Hume fancied his chances from that distance and let rip with an astounding Volley beating Carroll into the top corner, to the great enjoyment of the Barnsley fans. It was a lovely goal and will be a long time before we see a better strike down at Oakwell. It was no more than Hume deserved, as alongside, Kozluck, Odejayi and Steele, Hume was in with a shout for man of the match.
Derby tried in vain to get back into it, Steele again producing an excellent save to keep out Greens long range effort on 80 minutes.
The reds sealed an important and impressive victory on 82 minutes, with Foster charging onto Humes corner and powered his header into the back of the net.
In the 89th minute, some excellent play from Kozluck, Hume and Macken created a chance for Brian Howard, who shot was well saved by Roy Carroll in the Derby goal. The reds received a standing ovation from the home support at the final whistle, the relief evident on the face of Simon Davey as he congratulated his players, and applauded the fans.
BFCWEB Man of the match: Luke Steele.
Luke Steele 9: Inspired performance between the sticks, reminiscent of his famous first performance at Anfield, nothing was getting past him on the day, pulling out several reflex saves in quick succession to give BFC their first win and clean sheet of the season.
Stephen Foster 8: Solid performance from Foster, capping it with a good headed goal, again like the one at Liverpool (sorry to harp on about that!)
Dennis Souza 7: Fairly quiet display, but performed well as part of an unbeaten back four.
Darren Moore 5: Darren Moore, looking more a more like an over the hill donkey by the week, the feedback from the crowd said as much, needs to improve, some amateur clearances, and poor passing/challenging at the back put the Barnsley goal under pressure at times.
Rob Kozluck 8: Good solid performance from Rob, really made a difference having him back in the side, made some good last ditch challenges. Best of the back 4.
Martin Devaney 7: Did a few of his disco tricks down the line, penetrated the derby line a couple of times.
Brian Howard 7: Worked hard for the reds as usual, but was over shadowed by some big performances elsewhere in the side on the day.
Diego Leon 7: His usual passing play and vision slightly out on the day, not as affective as usual, needs to get the odd freekick on target now and again. (Hassell 67)
El Haimour 7: Tactically substituted (Odejayi 62) in the second half, but worked hard and contributed fairly well.
Jon Macken 8: Worked hard up front, but things didn't quite drop for him at times.
Iain Hume 9: Amazing goal and assist for second, tracked back and pressed all over the pitch, reminded me of Ashley Ward in that aspect. Close run thing for Man of the match with Steele.
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