Raheem Sterling has been regarded as one of the brightest young prospects to come from the Liverpool youth academy since the days of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. He made his debut for the England national team in 2012 when they were under the management of Roy Hodgson, but Sterling has been unable to live up to the expectations consistently during this period.
This led to his absence from the Liverpool team and subsequently the national team. He now appears to have found the mojo back, as he has been putting in impressive performances for Brendan Rodgers’ team.
Ipswich town manager Mick McCarthy is regarded as a legend at Barnsley and he says that manager Danny Wilson will be capable of getting the club out of trouble. Ipswich will be the opponents for Barnsley in the latest match. Their manager McCarthy represented more than 250 matches for Barnsley during his playing career. Both teams come into the match with contrasting fortunes since Barnsley are struggling in the relegation zone, while Ipswich are close to the play-offs.
After being sacked by Wolverhampton Wanderers a few years ago, McCarthy has done extremely well to get his career back on track, as noted by a liverpool fans website. He has said that Barnsley will always be a special place for him, and he took time out to praise the fans, who have always given him a great reception when he has come back to the club. Barnsley are just one place and two points over the foot of the table, while already there is a significant gap developing between them and the prospect of safety. Millwall occupy the final spot outside the relegation zone and they are already six points above Barnsley.
McCarthy has admitted that this is not an easy situation for his former club, but he is confident that they can stay up in the division.
“I would like Barnsley to stay up. They are my home town club. With Danny Wilson as manager they have got every chance of staying up. He has the happy knack of building winning football teams and I am sure he will do that at Barnsley. I just hope this weekend is the exception. I think Dave Flitcroft did a great job last season but the board made the decision they made and I don’t think they could have picked a better man than Danny,” said McCarthy ahead of the meeting between the two clubs.
Barnsley’s season so far has been a disaster as they are located at the very bottom of the Championship league with 17 points having only managed to claim 3 triumphs out of the 24 matches already played.
Their last triumph in the league was back in December 3 when they managed to claim a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
The latest encounter of Barnsley saw them facing off against Birmingham City and despite having more shots on goal and the better half of time with the ball under their control, the final scoreboard displayed 1-1.
Birmingham City’s Callum Reilly delivered a cross that managed to evade the goalkeeper of Barnsley Luke Steele and making its way to where Zigic was located as he scored the 1st goal of the encounter after 10 minutes had passed.
Barnsley tried to find the equalizer as they pressured the opposition upfront and were rewarded at the 61st minute when Jacob Mellis fired a close range shot that went into the back of the net and equalized the match.
Even though Barnsley was the better of the teams that were battling it out, all they could secure was 1 point. They will need to do much more if they want to escape from the bottom spots of the Championship league.
Stoke winger Brek Shea has joined Barnsley on a loan deal as he will spend 28 days with the Championship club and help them overcome their current situation that sees them getting relegated if they do not change it up and get positive results.
Shea, 23, signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Stoke in January 2013 for a fee of £2.5m from Major League Soccer side FC Dallas. But he has made just three appearances for the Premier League side since his arrival at the Britannia Stadium.