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REDS DENIED AT THE DEATH BY THE POTTERS

8 March 2022

Barnsley see crucial victory snatched away in stoppage time.

A 95th minute Lewis Baker strike prevented the Reds from making it three consecutive home victories, after going ahead in the second half through Domingos Quina's cracking opener. 

The game began in scrappy fashion, but it was Barnsley who looked the most dangerous on a cold evening here at Oakwell. French defender Rémy Vita sent an early effort fizzing wide from 30 yards, whilst Callum Styles saw a strike from the edge of the box blocked crucially by veteran Phil Jagielka.

Baker, who would later find the net, tried his luck on nine minutes, bending a left-footed shot against the foot of the post before Stoke captain, Joe Allen skewed an effort wide when well-placed. 

Quina would see defenders blocking a run and shot at goal whilst Callum Brittain drove a powerful low drive at goal, only for Potters' 'keeper Jack Bonham to stop well at his near post. 

There was very little in the contest as we headed into the half-time interval.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Stoke

There were little opportunities created in the opening stages of the second half before the game was halted for five minutes with responders attending to an incident in the Ponty End. That added time would come back to haunt the Reds.

But within minutes of the match restarting, Barnsley went in front, as Quina dribbled across the Stoke penalty area, cut back onto his left foot and scorched a shot into the far corner with real venom. 

That goal sparked the visitors into life and Josh Maja screwed a shot inches wide on the turn with Reds' 'keeper Brad Collins rooted to the spot. 

A contentious incident as we entered the final 10 minutes as Quina bamboozled his marker inside the box and looked to be tripped as he did so, but referee, Leigh Doughty waved play on much to the chagrin of the Reds supporters. 

Both Matty Wolfe and Devante Cole entered the fray in the closing stages but the Potters' pressure paid off as Baker was first on the scene to a loose ball on the edge of the box and curled home expertly from 20 yards, giving Collins no chance and cruelly denying the Reds what would have been a priceless three points. 

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1-1 Stoke

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

Subs: Walton, Moon, Benson, Palmer.


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