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REDS EARN THREE POINTS AT BLUES

1 December 2020

The Reds returned to winning ways in the second city after a stirring second-half fightback.

Second half goals from Cauley Woodrow and Callum Styles turned this match on its head to earn the Reds a valuable road victory.

Head Coach, Valérien Ismaël had made just the solitary change to his starting XI for this one with Victor Adeboyejo handed his first start at Sky Bet Championship level and Luke Thomas dropping to the bench. 

The Reds began the game in similar fashion to the weekend, on the front foot from the off, but like Saturday, their shooting left a lot to be desired. 

Just five minutes into the game and a ball played over the top by Mads Andersen down the left saw Cauley Woodrow into the box on the angle and the top scorer decided to shoot as soon as the ball dropped, but sent his volley over the bar under pressure from Harlee Dean.

Two minutes later and an even more presentable opportunity fell for the Reds as Conor Chaplin saw the ball run for him inside the box but his first-time effort on the left foot from eight yards out was dragged a foot or so wide.

The two linked up later with some neat one-touch stuff around the box before Woodrow screwed an effort well wide from just inside the Blues area. 

On 20 minutes, the hosts finally gained some territory but their crosses were mopped up by the Barnsley backline. Blues weren't a threat throughout the first 45 in all honesty.

Woodrow went down looking for a penalty before 26 minutes in, Callum Styles saw a rasping left-footed drive fly just inches over the home side's crossbar. It was all Barnsley but yet again, the lack of an end-product was glaring. 

There were further off-target efforts from both Woodrow and Chaplin, before the referee blew for half-time with the game still locked at 0-0.

HALF-TIME: Blues 0-0 Reds

The second period wasn't as entertaining for the most part with it becoming scrappy and hard to watch at times, with little football being played. 

But the game to life on 55 minutes when Scott Hogan popped up with his customary strike against Barnsley. He was on hand to side-foot home from 10 yards after Jonathan Leko had backheeled the ball into the danger area with Reds defenders out of position wide left.

Ten minutes later and it was another effort spooned over the crossbar, with Callum Brittain the guilty party this time, 12 yards out with the goal at his mercy. 

The defender made amends when he won a dubious looking spot-kick soon after; a penalty that was dispatched into the bottom right corner by Woodrow for his sixth goal of the season. 

Ismaël made a quadruple substitution with around 10 minutes remaining plus injury time, and in the 84th minute, Styles was in the right place at the right time to fire the Reds to a big three points. 

A long-throw from Dom Frieser wasn't dealt with and when the ball reached Styles outside the box, his powerful low shot took a nick before nestling in the bottom left corner for 2-1. 

The Reds dug in nicely for the remainder of the game and saw out a deserved win at St. Andrew's, moving up to 13th in the league standings ahead of Friday night's clash with AFC Bournemouth at Oakwell.

FULL-TIME: Blues 1-2 Reds

Walton, Brittain, Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen, Styles, Mowatt (Palmer), Kane (James), Adeboyejo (Frieser), Woodrow (Halme), Chaplin (Thomas).

Unused: Collins, Oduor, Miller, Schmidt.


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