Barnsley: Reds need ten of the best to stave of relegation pain

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson and Paul Heckingbottom
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson and Paul Heckingbottom
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Barnsley have TEN games to save their miserable season.

And after this heart-wrenching defeat, the club’s third in a row – again without scoring - it’s arguably now going to take something very special for the struggling South Yorkshire outfit to maintain their Championship status.

Or maybe the writing has been on the wall for sometime after a season to forget?

As much as you want to spare a thought for the cruel stoppage time goal which Danny Wilson’s side slip to an agonising defeat against the Cherries, the club’s misfiring players, ultimately, only have themselves to blame for their poor predicament.

And it is they who are the only ones who can put things right.

They have four home games left to try and get some much-needed wins – and you’d think those home fixtures will be crucial having won just ONCE away in the league all season.

An unwanted tag of having the worst away record in the Football League does little to inspire confidence that the Reds will pick up some points on their travels.

But all Wilson’s side can do is fight to the finish and hope that they can avoid the drop, even if the scrap to stay up goes down to the wire.

Goalkeeper Luke Steele’s heroics so nearly saw the Reds pick up a precious point, but in truth the hosts wasted two gilt-edged chances to score and with them any possibility of claiming a much-needed win.

To rub salt into a gaping wound, the winner came in the 94th minute of the game.

It didn’t help then that the fourth official had indicated that there should only be three minutes of additional time at the end of the match.

“I can criticise the referee for the time at the end because we were well into four minutes when he only added three,” reflected Wilson.

“But it’s only a small complaint because I thought he had a very good game.

“We said to the linesman before the corner kick came in for their goal. We said it was time up. So that [playing more time that allocated] is always a conundrum for me.

“If the times up, well the times up. But unfortunately they’ve [the officials] have played on.

“But that shouldn’t be something we should take on board in terms of losing the goal. We lost the goal because we weren’t quite strong enough with that final header.”

However, despite defeat, other results went the Reds’ way and they remain three points adrift of safety despite being rooted to the foot of the table.

And Wilson admitted: “The result was cruel because when you’re in the position we’re in, you need that bit of luck. It didn’t go our way.

“But we are still in the mix, though, and if we can show the commitment and desire we did today, then we’ll have a great chance [of staying up].

“Bournemouth are a very good side and like to play very good football, but we frustrated them for most of the game and had a few chances ourselves which we should have scored.

“I thought both teams were trying to win the game, but we’ll look at our clear-cut chances, maybe even clearer than theirs, and we didn’t take them.”