Football; Ward has remedy
Sunday 18 January 1998
Crystal Palace 0
BEWARE Barnsley after a drubbing. Danny Wilson's battling side recovered from their 6-0 hammering at West Ham with a display which bristled with indignation.
On the previous three occasions on which Barnsley had conceded five or more goals in the Premiership, their following games produced two wins and a draw with Blackburn. It is evidence of their gritty determination to survive. Crystal Palace, denied their usual counter- attacking thrust, also know there is a tough struggle ahead.
"We will give it our best shot to stay in this division - we actually quite enjoy it. The spirit has never changed and is very good. One or two people will be thinking 'are they going to lie down?' We certainly will not. If we lose 6-0 and keep winning the next three I will be happy," Wilson, the Barnsley manager, said.
His counterpart, Steve Coppell, felt his side deserved a draw. "There were two teams fighting for their lives. We just needed a little bit more quality and a bit more ice blood in veins in the final third," he surmised.
First-half goal-mouth action was largely condensed into a brief flurry midway through the period. Barnsley had already served notice of their intentions when Clint Marcelle broke clear to test Kevin Miller. However, as Barnsley pressed, Palace were allowed to exploit the resulting gaps with Nicky Eaden heading a deflected Bruce Dyer cross off the line and Marcus Bent glancing a header just wide.
The goal changed all that. Neil Redfearn, the inspiration behind Barnsley's midfield promp-ting, drilled a low pass into the path of Ashley Ward. An immaculate first touch carried the striker past Andy Linighan to set up a lofted poke over Miller.
The home side then defended far deeper, inviting pressure but forcing Palace into an alien pressing game and few genuine chances were created. Sweden's Tomas Brolin was closest with a diving header which rattled the crossbar.
Barnsley had their own Scandinavian eager to impress in Jan Age Fjortoft. His debut was equally committed, the Norwegian's influence growing as the game developed and two glorious assists for Marcelle were squandered in the final stages.
Latest in Sport
Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Xabi Alonso to be quizzed before £18m Asier Illarramendi bid; Battle on for Rickie Lambert
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, United want Gareth Bale
Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 0 player ratings: Mesut Ozil or Santi Cazorla? Who stole the show at the Emirates Stadium?
Chelsea vs Manchester City player ratings: David Silva saves the day but which City star stole the show at Stamford Bridge?
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
- 1 Three-year-old boy shoots pregnant mother and father in New Mexico
- 2 Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: PMLD Teacher A specialist primary school i...
£15000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Now our rapidly expanding and A...
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about great ...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...