Barnsley: L.Steele, J.McNulty, J.Stones, M.Cranie, S.Golbourne, T.Kennedy, D.Perkins, J.O’Brien, S.Dawson, C.Dagnall, C.Davies
POSH: R.Olejnik, G.Zakuani, M.Bostwick, M.Little, S.Brisley, J.Newell, K.Ferdinand, T.Rowe, D.Gayle, G.Boyd, L.Tomlin
M.Bostwick(27) right foot from left channel, 20 yards
M.Harewood(78) right foot from right channel, 18 yards
T.Rowe(86) right foot from left penalty area, 18 yards
After enduring years of pain against Barnsley at LR and after accumulating tonnes of bad luck, woeful decisions and most importantly fruitless games where we deserved a result we finally had our day in the Championship.
Talk about a game of two halves, first half ok not bad, have seen much better and the second half was heart attack time….we had two goal attempts and had to endure a battering akin to the guns of the navarone on free time shoot at will. Honestly, it was not only frustrating seeing POSH defend so deep and so nervously, but our squad looked like they missed the half time oranges, and all the zing had gone out of our play. We just couldn’t handle the Barnsley in the second half who looked like that had all hoovered up a bag of class A powder.
POSH took the lead on 28 mins after another Michael Bostwick horizontal torpedo destroyed the away goal when a cleverly worked freekick ended up at his feet from about 20 yards out. This guy is getting good at scoring from freekicks, I tell thee.
The game was mostly all POSH in the first half as Barnsley wasted possession time and time again. It wasn’t until a formation change in the second half that things got interesting and POSH had to dig in like Afghan terrorists in a mountain. We finally succumbed to a dodgy equaliser by ex-prem star (must be desperate appearing in Barnsley colours) marlon harewood – and on video play back his goal should have been disallowed just as the linesman had said, but a very poor ref over-ruled him, he flagged because Perkins was in an offside position and actually touched the ball in an offside position before the ball flew past a stranded Bobby O.
This incensed everyone at LR but also gave Barnsley hope, and they pushed harder for a winner. But heart break hotel is a place all teams must visit at least once per season and Barnsley checked in for a long weekend. They had our back three diving and heading and tackling their way out of trouble and if that failed then super Bobby was in fine fettle, throwing himself at everything. When room service arrived for Barnsley it took the shape of Tommy Rowe, our captain fantastic, who wriggled through the Barnsley defence as they could hardly believe their luck that our lads penetrated their area and he unleashed a shot from 10 yards out that won this battle in the 86th minute, poetic footballing justice and injustice happened all at the same time.
On statistics and based on field play this game should have been a defeat but when you look at th encumber of games POSH have played and lost when they should have drawn or won then this is pure justice, and vs a team who I think are a decent club but one I loved to beat as a former colleague of mine was a big supporter and he was always happy to gloat when we lost to his team, therefore I revelled in this win more than normal. We are now out of the relegation zone on goal difference, with eight more wins from 20 needed to secure another season up here. With four wins in five games we are the form side and its up to us to keep winning and catch up with Ipswich and Birmingham who are only four points ahead of us. Roll on POSH to Forest and may the force be with us…