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REDS EARN POINT AGAINST ALBION

17 December 2021

Barnsley had to settle for a point in Friday night's clash with the high-flying Baggies.

In a scrappy affair under the Oakwell lights, the Reds will have been the happier as Albion dominated the game, particularly in terms of chances.

With Reds' skipper, Cauley Woodrow missing through injury, there was a new look frontline for head coach, Poya Asbaghi, who selected Callum Styles in the hole just behind a strike partnership of Carlton Morris and Aaron Leya Iseka.

But it took just four minutes for the visitors to threaten when Cedric Kipre saw his header from an Alex Mowatt set-piece flash against the woodwork.

It was an ugly game for large spells, and Callum Brittain had to be at his defensive best to position himself well on the goalline to block Jordan Hugill's shot from three yards.

Midfielder Josh Benson tested England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with a 35-yard free-kick that the former Man Utd stopper had to tip over the bar.

But that was about all she wrote in the first period in terms of opportunities.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 WBA

The second half was even less eventful, but more so even for the Reds who couldn't create much of an opening as Albion kept knocking on the door. 

But it was a battling performance from Asbaghi's side. Time after time, the Reds backline repelled the away side's efforts. 

Brad Collins tipped a Callum Robinson shot behind, and there was an outstanding clearance from Michał Helik, in front of his own net as sub Grady Diangana looked certain to score. 

Despite the visitors' pressure, Barnsley held on, even with Johnstone joining his 10 teammates in the box for a late corner that we defended heroicly.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 WBA

Collins, Brittain, Helik, Andersen, Kitching, Styles, J.Williams, Gomes, Benson (Cole), Morris, Leya Iseka (Oduor).

Unused: Walton, Vita, Hondermarck, Adeboyejo.


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