Football: Wilson brassed off with Barnsley

Leeds United 2 Barnsley 1

IT HAD been a bad eight days for Barnsley. Late goals had cost them points against against Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United and Danny Wilson had reason to curse King Lear-like at fate. Except the Barnsley manager was fed up with bad luck stories.

He was angry, only the target of his ire was his players. For the first time this season he did not buy the "plucky" label attached to his team. Lucky not to have conceded more goals maybe, but plucky, absolutely not. "We didn't deserve to get anything today," he said. "If we'd been five or six down out at half-time we couldn't have complained."

Had the players said anything? "They didn't get much chance to," he replied, hinting that the wall of expletives had been too high for protests to get over. "Amiable Danny" had turned into "Brassed Off of Barnsley".

With good reason. Through thin and thin Barnsley's players have fought like fury to overturn the expectation that they are heading back to the First Division. Limited they may be, but they would run through brick to preserve their cherished Premiership place. On Saturday, with Jovo Bosancic an honourable and tireless exception, it is debatable whether tissue paper would have been too thick.

Leeds played well, as Wilson conceded, but his careworn and battle-fatigued team had allowed them to shine. The only surprise had been that it had required a bullet-like header from Adie Moses into his own net for the home side to win.

Until then Leeds, whose plane made an emergency landing on Monday at Stansted Airport, appeared to have acquired a taste for near misses because Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink should have had a hat-trick, never mind his 21st- minute opening goal, while his strike partner, Harry Kewell, was denied by several excellent saves by Dave Watson.

Why had Barnsley been so poor? "We went into the game with a dozy attitude," Wilson said, "and if you're going to get anything out of a game you have to show some sort of commitment. Whether we have been believing the press - that everyone wants to keep us up and goodwill will pull us through - I don't know, but today should have opened our eyes.

"Now's the time we need that commitment because nobody is going to present us with wins. We have to fight for what we get. Results have been fairly kind to us today, nobody has cut us adrift, but we can't forever keep on thinking someone will do us a favour. We have got to start making sure we get points ourselves."

That would be easier if Barnsley could keep all 11 players on the pitch. The previous Saturday they had been incredulous that three players had been sent off against Liverpool and they were similarly amazed that Georgi Hristov should get a red card in injury time. Only this time they wondered how their Macedonian striker had been so dim.

To get booked for abusing a linesman is stupid enough, but Hristov compounded that by throwing in another swearword too many and converted yellow into red. For a man who has problems having himself understood in English it was a remarkable achievement. Perhaps he compared the official to the women of Barnsley, who he has famously derided in the past.

He left he field his head bowed as if in anticipation of having it chewed off by his manager. It probably was and deservedly so.

Wilson has ample striking cover but, after such a weary performance, it is difficult to be optimistic. As Hristov trudged off the pitch it was hard not to visualise Barnsley's survival hopes going hand in hand with him. The season's fairy-tale might not have a happy ending.

Goals: Hasselbaink (20) 1-0; Hristov (43) 1-1; Moses og (80) 2-1.

Leeds United (3-5-2): Martyn; Wetherall, Hiden, Molenaar; Kelly, Halle, Bowyer, Ribeiro (McPhail, h-t), Harte; Hasselbaink, Kewell. Substitutes not used: Hopkin, Lilley, Jackson, Beeney (gk).

Barnsley (3-5-2): Watson; Morgan, Moses, Jones (Fjortoft, 81); Eaden, Redfearn, Bullock (Marcelle, 78), Bosancic, Barnard; Hristov, Ward. Substitutes not used: Sheridan, De Zeeuw, Leese (gk).

Referee: K Burge (Tonypandy).

Sending off: Barnsley: Hristov.

Booking: Barnsley: Redfearn.

Man of the match: Bosancic.

Attendance: 37,749.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Travel
Suite dreams: the JW Marriott in Venice
travelChic new hotels in 2015
Arts and Entertainment
Sink the Pink's 2013 New Year's Eve party
musicFour of Britain's top DJs give their verdict on how to party into 2015
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant- NY- Investment Bank

Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...

Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executive- City of London, Old Street

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...

Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwickshire

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...

Day In a Page

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect