Following the 5-0 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town at the beginning of March, Barnsley received a barrage of criticism from supporters but appeared to turn a corner when they defeated Nottingham Forest 1-0 the following week. The progress, however, has been halted as the Tykes fell to a 3-0 defeat by promotion chasing Leicester City this week, with Barnsley now left with just twelve games to save their season.
Barnsley have just 29 points thus far this campaign and are only two points above the bottom placed Charlton, who have 27. Charlton have four games in hand on Barnsley however and it is looking increasingly likely that once those games are played, it will be the Tykes who are left propping up the Championship table. Read more »
Barnsley received a lot of criticism from the supporters in the recent 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Huddersfield. As a result, the club finds itself in the bottom of the table after 32 matches. They need to find at least two points if they are to get out of the relegation zone in the short-term. The match against Nottingham Forest during the weekend does not seem to be the ideal situation at this moment in time for Barnsley. Nottingham Forest are flying high in the table and are looking to seal a play-off place, which would take them closer to the Premier league.
Danny Wilson said ahead of this match that he wants the players to show that they are worthy of putting the shirt of Barnsley. It will be extremely difficult for the club, which has taken just one win in the last five matches. Even though next two matches at home for Barnsley, both of them will be against difficult opposition. After the Nottingham Forest match, they will welcome table leaders Leicester City to the Oakwell stadium. Wilson acknowledges that the team has to do exceptionally well if they are to come away with anything from these two tough matches.
However, they also cannot afford to allow the other relegation teams to pull up a lead over them in the table.
“The fans are passionate and have every right to be. When you get results like this, it’s not very easy to take. The fans wanted us to win; it was a derby game and you can’t argue with them. What we have to do now is respond to it and make sure we (show we) are proud to wear the shirt. I’ll make sure we are. With our next two games, I don’t think anybody will hold anything out for us,” said Wilson.
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.