Huddersfield Town 2 Barnsley 2 match report: Farce as Yorkshire sides 'stop attacking'

john smith's stadium

Four times these teams were in and out of the bottom three as Barnsley, who knew they were down if they lost, twice went ahead and Huddersfield, who could not breathe easily unless they at least claimed a draw, twice equalised.

When the home side drew level for the second time with eight minutes remaining through James Vaughan's deflected shot, Huddersfield were staying in the Championship and Barnsley were looking doomed.

Referee Andre Marriner, who will be in charge at the FA Cup final next weekend, signalled five minutes of added time. A lifeline for Barnsley? It might have been but, in the event, news of a goal for Crystal Palace against their rivals for relegation, Peterborough, in the last minute at Selhurst Park, persuaded both sets of players that the safest course of events was for neither team to score.

Provided Peterborough were not able to respond, a draw kept both sides up. Thus the game ended, somewhat farcically, with the Barnsley goalkeeper, Luke Steele, walking back and forth across his penalty area, ball at his feet, for fully two minutes, with players in red and in blue and white urging him to keep it. Marriner looked unsure what to do. If the thought occurred to him to book Steele for time-wasting, he did not act on it.

The rival supporters even suspended hostilities and joined each other in chanting: "Yorkshire, Yorkshire."

David Flitcroft, the Barnsley manager, said: "It was difficult for the players. We'd gone for the jugular, looking for a winning goal and, all of a sudden we were asking players to stop attacking. It was extraordinary."

Barnsley were second to bottom when Flitcroft succeeded Keith Hill as manager in January after winning two matches from three as caretaker. The side were five points from safety. "It is mission impossible achieved," he said.

Barnsley went ahead after 14 minutes when Chris O'Grady took advantage of a slip by Peter Clarke to steer a shot comfortably beyond Alex Smithies. Huddersfield trailed at half-time, by then fearing for their own future, but Jermaine Beckford scored eight minutes into the second half to put Barnsley back in the bottom three.

The positions were reversed when David Perkins crossed for Jason Scotland to restore the lead with only 16 minutes left, only for their joy to be punctured again by Vaughan's goal before the mood turned to mutual congratulation.

Dean Hoyle, Huddersfield's chairman, summed up the feeling in the ground neatly. "It's a great day for Yorkshire," he said.

Huddersfield (4-4-2): Smithies, Hunt, Clarke, Gerrard, Woods; Clayton, Norwood (Ward, 45), Gobern, Scannell (Novak, 80); Beckford, Vaughan.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Steele; O'Brien, Wiseman, Cranie, Kennedy; Dawson (Cywka, 84), Etuhu, Perkins, Mellis (Noble-Lazarus, 66); O'Grady, Dagnall (Scotland, 66).

Referee Andre Marriner.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?