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17:01 10th September 2011


Barnsley 1(Butterfield 38)
Leicester City 1(King 46)

A rampant Reds were left scratching their heads as to how they didn't take all three points from Oakwell after a spirited and creative home performance.

It was back to domestic action after two weeks off due to the international break and big-spenders Leicester City were in town for the Reds' third Championship clash at Oakwell. The opening exchanges only included a couple of long punts forward from both sides - who were giving nothing away at either end.

In the line-up for Sven's Leicester was their new £2.5 million recruit Jermaine Beckford, and the striker flashed a teasing drive across the face of Barnsley's goal on the stroke of ten minutes. Again Beckford was involved four minutes later, he did well to connect with a Konchesky cross but Steele clutched the ball to his chest at the near post.

Done was let loose down the left on 17 minutes, his pull-back found Perkins who thought his shot hit a Leicester hand, but the former Colchester man had to settle for a corner.

Two minutes later saw a splendid move for the Reds finish in Drinkwater missing by inches. O'Brien's perfectly-weighted through-ball split the Leicester defence, the Manchester United loanee lobbed Schmeichel but his attempt landed on the roof of the net. O'Brien then had a pop himself a minute later, his 30 yard drive flew wide but he had Schmeichel scrambling to his right.

A ferocious 30 yard thunderbolt of a free-kick from Drinkwater zipped over Schmeichel's crossbar on 29 minutes - the midfielder caught the strike sweetly with his laces and was unlucky to see his effort go over.

The Reds were really taking the game to Leicester, and if Gray's header had have hit the top corner on 33 minutes Oakwell would have exploded. A good advantage from the referee allowed O'Brien to deliver for the experienced forward, whose glancing header to the far stick flew just wide.

A goal finally came for the Reds and they thoroughly deserved on 38 minutes. Jacob Butterfield was the man to open the scoring and it was at the end of another terrific Barnsley move. McNulty's pinpoint cross from the left found the head of Gray whose effort cannoned off the bar, luckily Butterfield was on hand to nod home from close range for his first of the season.

Second half

All of the hard work from the Reds in the first half came undone thanks to the first touch of Andy King who was introduced at half time. Beckford delivered low for the Welsh international to slam into the roof of the net from three yards on 46 minutes - King was making a real habit of scoring against the Reds.

The away side showed a little glimpse of their quality with some net, one-touch play down the left, but Edwards broke up the play on 56. Barely 60 seconds later and City's goalscorer King was in down the centre but he sliced a left-footed effort wide with Edwards breathing down his neck.

Edwards seemed to have picked up a knock and was replaced by Wiseman a minute before the hour mark - Hassell slotted in at centre-half.

In the 65th minute and Schmeichel was at his best to deny Jacob Butterfield who was in search of his second. O'Brien squeezed in down the left before pulling back for the former Manchester United youngster who placed his effort towards the near post but was denied by Schmeichel's fine save.

The home side had regained control of the match and were enjoying a prolonged spell of pressure. Done saw a curling free-kick almost creep in and O'Brien had an effort blocked as the home faithful backed their team to the hilt.

Butterfield was causing absolute mayhem for the Foxes, a delightful through-ball almost found the clever run of Done, who too was having a great game for his new side. The former Rochdale man was replaced by Haynes on 79 minutes, the little winger received a deserved standing ovation.

Keith Hill's side weren't letting up and were going for the jugular of the Foxes. A threat did come at the other end though, as Beckford went tumbling under Foster's challenge which saw the latter shown a yellow card.

Haynes went on a blistering run that brought some top-drawer goalkeeping from Schmeichel. The Reds substitute carried the ball 50 yards before City's number one blocked his drive, O'Brien then brought another fine, fine stop from the Dane at his near post.

After five minutes of stoppage time, the Reds had to settle for a point from what was a tremendous home display that delighted the Oakwell faithful.


The Reds: Steele, Hassell, McNulty, Foster, Edwards (Wiseman 59), Drinkwater, Butterfield, O'Brien, Perkins, Done (Haynes 79), Gray.
Subs not used: Preece, Park, Doyle.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Konchesky (Peltier 86), Pantsil, Mills, Bamba, Gallagher (King 46), Vassell, Wellens, Beckford (Dyer 90), Danns, Fernandes.
Subs not used: Weale, Abe.

Attendance: 10,862 (2,106 away)

    Data provided by Press Association


    For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country.