Barnsley vs Birmingham City Match Report

Daryl Dike’s second half thunderbolt was enough to see Barnsley move into the playoff places after beating Birmingham 1-0 at Oakwell. This the home sides seventh win in a row as Ismael’s side continue their fine recent form. 

The big Frenchman again shuffled his team around with Frieser and Sollbauer returning to the starting line-up at the expense of Chaplin and Sibbick.

The first half started well with Barnsley showing their pressing early doors forcing an early error and winning a corner right from the off.

Birmingham then showed the threat they can pose from set pieces when former reds loanee Gardener clipped in a freekick which his captain Harlee Dean headed wide from close range. It was a big chance for the away side but one they could not take.

Dean threatened again this time from a corner but his effort went well over this time from the centre of the box. He should have at least hit the target.

The reds claimed for a penalty as Alex Mowatt was picked out just inside the area, he seemed to be clipped as he looked to shoot but the ref waved the shouts away.

Overall the first half was a non event really, neither side able to create anything from open play. All chances coming from set plays. Birmingham slightly edging the game given the fact they offered slightly more threat from set pieces.

Half Time – Barnsley 0-0 Birmingham City 

Ismael clearly wasn’t happy with his sides performance in the first half as he made a double change at the break. Morris and Williams coming on for Frieser and Styles.

The changes and his half time talk seemed to make an instant impact with Barnsley looking far more lively after the restart.

Dike was picked out seconds after the restart by Woodrow but his shot was rushed and easily saved. This was a warning sign for the away side but they failed to take note of this and a few minutes later they were punished.

Just four minutes into the second half the reds did take the lead after a much brighter start to this half. After scuffing his effort a few moments ago Dike this time unleashed an absolute rocket from the right hand side of the box to open the scoring.

Morris found space on the left and played a nice ball across to Dike who was out on the right hand side. He drove towards the box before sending a thunderbolt into the top corner. Etheridge in the goal had no chance due to the power on the shot.

Barnsley threatened again soon after with Mowatt sending a dangerous free kick into the area which the away side managed to scramble away. This lead to a succession of Mowatt corners which again they cleared well under pressure.

Barnsley again made changes and really took the sting out of the game with Halme and Sibbick coming on to nullify the Birmingham threat they had.

There was a few late scares for the hosts, firstly Bela headed a corner towards goal but Collins did well to tip it over.

Deep into stoppage time the home side almost threw away two points when Bela was allowed to make his way down the left before driving a low cross in. The ball somehow evaded everyone and made its way to Ivan Sanchez who was somehow free in the area. He had time to control but he rushed his shot and was only able to pick out the side netting.

Full Time – Barnsley 1-0 Birmingham City 

MOTM – Daryl Dike -fantastic goal by the powerful American who scored for the second time in a week. As well as the great goal he battled all game and never gave the away defence a minute. Pressed well and fought for every ball. This lad seems to be finding his feet in this league now and seems to get better and better each game.

Another win for the Tykes which sees them jump above Bournemouth into sixth with a game in hand. Next weeks trip to Bournemouth will be a huge game for the Tykes in their pursuit of the playoffs. Not the best game today at all but they defended well again and showed great game management to claim another big three points.

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