Barnsley’s winning run is ended in South Wales as they are beaten 2-0 by playoff-chasing Swansea. An early goal from Jamal Lowe in the first half was followed by an unfortunate Adeboyejo own goal in the second half. It was a fairly poor game overall with the truly awful pitch limiting what both sides could do with the ball on the ground.
The Tykes travelled to Swansea today with an awful record there and this continued again today with another defeat. The reds have not won in South Wales since 1974 and that run was extended again here today. The result sees Barnsley drop once place to 13th with the Swans moving up to 3rd.
It was a poor performance overall by the away side who would have expected better given recent results but the pitch did not help things at all. After a very even first half they were second best after the break and the home side deserved the three points.
For the third game in a row, the reds started poorly and found themselves a goal down within the first few minutes. They gave away a very early free-kick just inside their own half. The ball was floated in and headed clear to the edge of the box but only as far as Dhanda.
The playmaker headed the ball back into the area and it was flicked on by another Swansea head. The ball fell to an unmarked Jamal Lowe at the back post who had plenty of time and space to smash the ball home first time. It was really poor defending from the away side and Ismael will have been fuming at his team for yet another poor start.
Barnsley like they had done in the last few games, responded well to the early setback and came close via a freekick from Captain Alex Mowatt. His curling effort was saved well though by on-loan goalkeeper Woodman.
There was then a good succession of corners and long throws from the reds as they applied pressure to the Swans defence but they were unable to carve out any clear chances for themselves.
They did come close to levelling but it was a Swansea player that almost got the goal. A corner from Oduor who was starting in place of the suspended Callum Styles caused issues for the home defence and Fulton poked the ball into the side netting under pressure from an incoming reds player.
Swansea dealt well with the Barnsley attacks and nearly went two up with half time approaching. A clearance out was flicked on by Ayew and Dhanda raced onto the ball and looked to be through 1v1.
Walton came sprinting out of his box to try and snuff out the danger but he was slightly too slow and wiped Dhanda out 30 yards from goal. Luckily for the young Keeper, he had defenders back covering so it was only a yellow card.
That was the last real action of a fairly poor first half. Barnsley more than matched their top six opponents for most of the first half but failed to create any clear chances. Barnsley have seen their main threat came from set-pieces as they struggle to get to grips with the awful pitch. Swansea dealt well with these on the whole and the sheer pace of Jamal Lowe has caused the away side problems on the counter.
Half Time Swansea 1-0 Barnsley
The home side started the brighter of the two sides after the break and again it was Lowe who was at the heart of it. Again he got in behind and sprinted clear, Walton again came rushing out of his box but this time he timed his tackle to perfection and cleared the ball superbly.
The home side continued to push for a second and a ball down the left found the lively Lowe in space again. The forward got down the wing and cut inside, he fizzed the ball across goal but none of his teammates was there to tap home.
Just after the hour mark, the Swans did go two up and it was an unlucky goal for Barnsley to concede. A corner was floated in from the right and was inadvertently flicked home by sub Adeboyejo at the near post. He was trying to head the ball clear but mistimed his jumped and ended up diverting the ball into the far corner.
A shame for the young striker who has come off the bench to good effect in recent games especially in mid-week where he scored the winner.
Barnsley struggled to create anything at all after the second and looked poor overall in the second half. The only chance of note fell to Adeboyejo who looked to atone for his earlier own goal but fired over from inside the area.
Ayew was caught in possession on the edge of his own box by George Miller, he found Oduor who picked out Adeboyejo but his curling effort sailed over the bar.
Swansea came close to a third late on as Fulton crossed for Jake Bidwell but the wing back fired well over the bar. The hosts saw out the game comfortably to claim the win.
Full Time – Swansea 2-0 Barnsley
The Reds will look to put this set back behind them and go again next week against Huddersfield in a Yorkshire Derby. They will have a week to prepare for the game as we have no midweek games this week which I think will be welcomed by most teams especially Barnsley who looked a little tired and off the pace this afternoon.