Flicker’s big decision

Luke Steele
Luke Steele
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Barnsley have a defensive crisis – and they need to plug the holes quickly to stop their faltering ship from sinking.

The Reds had leaked an alarming 17 goals in six matches ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby clash at home to Huddersfield Town.

Ten of those goals had come in their last two games having twice being hit for five goals in defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Southampton.

But I’ve got to say I was very surprised when first-choice keeper Luke Steele was, in my eyes, the unlucky fall-guy for the Reds’ defensive problems.

The former Manchester United shot-stopper was surprisingly dropped just a few hours before the club’s Capital One Cup clash at home to the Saints.

And perhaps even more surprisingly he was replaced between the posts by Wigan Athletic loan keeper Mike Pollitt, a 41-year-old who is currently third choice at the Latics and who had not started for the first team since January. Granted Pollitt has plenty of experience, but was this David Flitcroft’s wisest decision to date? I’d argue not, even if it was the second round of the cup and not the Reds’ main priority this season.

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