“We’ve Been Toothless” Barnsley Reaction To Historic Away Win For Lincoln

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A resolute Lincoln City left Yorkshire on Tuesday night with another away three points after a historic 1-0 victory at Oakwell.

The Imps have taken 7 points from the last 3 games, and from teams who are all Ex-Premier League, which was unthinkable just 5 years ago. Oakwell was rocking, but for the home team, it was for all the wrong reasons. Lincoln chants rang around the quickly emptying ground at full time as the Tykes were well and truly tamed by the ever-impressive Imps.

This result has them winless in four consecutive games and with no goals since 1st October in the league. They enjoyed nearly 60% possession but without threatening Rushworth in the Lincoln net. We delve into what the opposition thought on the League One match and how they saw the game pan out, writes Samuel Rowson.


Michael Duffs Viewpoint

0 Wins in 4 Games

Duff spoke to The Yorkshire Post following his side’s defeat at the hands of Lincoln City on Tuesday. It means his side has failed to win in the last 4 league games, losing three and drawing one. On top of that, they have failed to score in each of the last four games, with the last goal coming in their 1-0 win away at Fleetwood on the 1st October. This goal drought and real recent struggle to create chances left Duff in a frustrated tone, and he started by criticising his team,

“It was disappointing, I thought we deserved something out of the game,” said Duff. “We’ve had loads of corners, and they are opportunities we need to take. The players are trying, they’re not stupid, but it’s disappointing overall. The quality inside the final third hasn’t been good enough. It’s not a case of missing loads of chances, we get the ball into good areas and then hit the first man on a cross.

“We’ve struggled when teams have given us the ball. There isn’t that many players to pick from. The focus in training has been with the ball. The quality has to be in the squad, but at the top end of the pitch we’ve been toothless.”

Questioned on his sides recent poor run of form, Duff found the positives even if Barnsley have only taken 4 points from a possible 15 so far in October-

“It’s always a concern, but I think we’re getting done by other teams being unbelievably clinical. In the combined games where we haven’t scored, we’ve only conceded five shots on target.”

What Duff didn’t disclose is that from those five shots on target, his team have conceded four goals. Is it teams who have been clinical, or is it down to a combination of clinical forwards and underperforming defenders?

1 Shot On Target 1 Goal

Speaking to the club’s media, he touched on The Imps’ clinical nature and the goal that came moments before the half time break from Danny Mandroiu-

“We concede from their only shot on target in the game – a poor goal to give away,” he affirmed. “Once you give a team like that a goal or an opportunity, they just want to sit in and hit you on the counter.

“They do it well, we knew that’s what they would do.”

“Ultimately, we got undone by our lack of quality and a clinical Lincoln.”

Nicky Cadden

Barnsley defender Cadden had his say when speaking to the club media shortly after the full-time whistle. He said that the lack of goals from the home side is not from a lack of effort,

“I feel as if it’s just a case of getting better quality in there, getting better shots off really,” he said. “Sliding people in in the final third better. We’ve got good players in there, you can see that. Once we get one, I think the door will come down and there’ll be three or four before you know it.

“We’re a work in process. We’re doing well on the training ground, working hard. I felt as though we did well tonight, it was just not the result we wanted.

He also spoke about Lincoln’s goal and the subsequent tactics we adopted throughout the game.

“We gave it our all tonight, we couldn’t find a way to break them down and get that goal. I felt like we played well; it’s just finding that goal.

“Giving a goal to Lincoln gives them the heads up and then they went 5-5 and it’s hard to break down. The good thing about football is that we have another game Saturday. We’ll move on to that.”


Twitter/ Fan Reaction


Tykes Blog Viewpoint

A fan lead blog website very much like our own Stacey West wrote a post-match review of their views on the 1-1 draw. It is entitled “Toothless Barnsley are stuck in a rut”. Its a good read, and they said this about the Imps performance:

“Lincoln showed early on what their game plan was when after comfortably soaking all that Barnsley pressure up they broke on the counter and the lively Jack Diamond hit the outside of the Barnsley post when he really should have scored. An early warning shot for the reds.

Lincoln were happy to let the hosts have the ball but were lightning fast in a counter attack that had the reds worrying everytime possession was lost with the Imps hitting the reds with a fast counter.”

They then mentioned the goal and their ability to trouble Rushworth

“The reds had clearly not learnt their earlier lesson when Diamond hit the post on a counter attack when the visitors scored in the 3rd minute of first half injury time with a lightning attack. Despite all the possession and clean passing the visiting goalkeeper had not had to make a single save in that first half which summed up the run the reds are in at the moment.”


Super Danny Strikes Again

As Danny Mandroiu hit his third goal in three appearances to secure Lincoln’s fourth away win of the season, Barnsley fans were quick to comment on their team’s performance so far in the game. Many people questioned if Danny was onside when the exquisite ball from Diamond was played. Jonny put this down to a multitude of factors-

Other fans, as always when events go south are quick to shout for the manager’s head and question his managerial ability.

Tykes blog, as I’ve already mentioned above, complimented our ability to soak up opposition pressure and score on the counterattack.


Half Time

Square Pegs, Round Holes

Throughout the game on Tuesday there were sustained periods of time where Barnsley had possession of the ball. But without creating many clear cut chances. Many of their attempts ended up with wayward balls, crosses hit too long which made an already resolute Imps job easier.

In the end it left the home side with a air of desperation and clutching of straws as their twitter feed shows after a challenge in the box was waved away by the referee.