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REDS PICK UP FULHAM POINT

12 March 2022

Barnsley had to settle for a point in this lunchtime encounter with the Cottagers.

Carlton Morris' first half penalty was cancelled out in the 86th minute when Welsh international Harry Wilson curled home a delightful effort to silence the home support. 

There was one change to the starting lineup for this 12.30pm kick-off with Callum Styles - ruled out with a slight knock - replaced by Matty Wolfe in midfield, with Rémy Vita operating on the right of the Barnsley forward line. 

Nothing much separated the sides in the opening 15 minutes, before Michał Helik was well-placed to block a shot from just in front of the goalline.

The runaway league leaders looked threatening down their left flank with Antonee Robinson in partucular causing problems, but the Reds were defending bravely and Wolfe in particular looked impressive as Poya Asbaghi's side began to wrestle control of the midfield. 

Barnsley saw a chance hooked away from the line when a Liam Kitching delivery found Vita whose low ball back across the face of goal ricocheted off Morris and was then cleared a yard out by Tosin Adarabioyo. 

Callum Brittain was next to get a low cross after turning Robinson inside out, but Vita screwed his shot well wide from the edge of the box. 

Portuguese-born England U21 winger Fabio Carvalho was lively for the away side but a tricky run and shot was well held by Brad Collins on 40 minutes.

The Reds though would take the lead soon after, when Morris was adjudged to have been upended by Adarabioyo inside the box as he tried to race towards goal. The big man stepped up to convert the penalty, sending Marek Rodak the wrong way.

Right on half-time, it could have been 2-0 as Morris dinked a lovely effort over Rodak from close-range but Fulham skipper, Tim Ream was on-hand to once again clear the ball off the line.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Fulham

There were a flurry of bookings for Barnsley players at the start of the second half, as the Cottagers ramped up the pressure, with all of Morris, Helik and Domingos Quina ending up in referee, Tim Robinson's notebook. 

The visitors were continuing to push but without reward, with the likes of Kitching, Helik and captain, Mads Andersen all getting their heads to crosses, a key foot in here and there. It was a resilient performance, but then the hammer blow arrived with five minutes left on the clock.

Barnsley struggled to deal with a 50:50 challenge 30 yards from goal, the ball found its way across to Wilson on the right corner of the box and he bent home a sumptuous effort, top corner, giving Collins no chance.

The visitors could even have nicked it at the death but somehow Wilson failed to hit the target with a diving header from point-blank range.

A great point on the face of it, but a feeling of frustration also, knowing it's more points dropped from a winning position.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1-1 Fulham

Collins, Brittain, Helik, Andersen, Kitching, Gomes, Wolfe, Quina, Vita, Bassi, Morris.

Unused: Walton, Halme, Hondermarck, Cole. 

 


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