Barnsley FC Season Review 2008-2009

Last updated : 12 May 2009 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)

Barnsley carried their good October form into November as they claimed three wins this month but also lost striker Iain Hume to a horrific head injury.

Saturday 1st November 2008

Match Fifteen: Charlton 1-3 Barnsley

After clinching their first win on the road four days earlier, The Reds produced a stunning performance to claim their first ever victory at Charlton.

Jon Macken fired The Reds in front after just three minutes and doubled the advantage on 17. Darren Moore headed in the third after just 39 minutes, before Mark Hudson headed a consolation on 75 minutes.

Saturday 8th November 2008

Match Sixteen: Barnsley 1-2 Sheffield United.

One of the most controversial games of recent times saw the Blades take the spoils.

Both sides went down to 10 men when Ugo Ehiogu and Anderson De Silva were dismissed for fighting, but the major talking point surrounded Chris Morgan's elbow on Iain Hume which left the striker with a fractured skull and out for the rest of the season.

James Beattie fired the Blades in front after 20 minutes and then slotted home a penalty five minutes from time, awarded for a handball against Rob Kozluk by a linesman over 60 yards away!

Kayode Odejayi nodded in his only goal of the season two minutes later.

Saturday 15th November 2008

Match Seventeen: Barnsley 2-1 Watford

A highly emotional match went Barnsley's way as the lads did it for "Humey".

Things looked like going against the plan when Tommy Smith put Watford in front after 52 minutes, but Miguel Mostto of all people fired The Reds in front after the ball deflected into his path. Captain Stephen Foster stabbed home the winner two minutes later.

Saturday 22nd November 2008

Match Eighteen: Preston 2-1 Barnsley

Another late goal denied The Reds some points. Richard Chaplow had put the Lilywhites in front after 21 minutes despite Dennis Souza being clearly fouled in the build-up but Jamal Campbell-Ryce equalised with a fine strike on 33.

The Reds looked to have earned a share of the spoils but Sean St Ledger hit a wild effort with two minutes to go that deflected and looped over Heinz Muller.

Monday 24th November 2008

Match Nineteen: Barnsley 3-2 Burnley

The Reds moved up to 14th with a rollercoaster of a win against Burnley in front of the SKY cameras.

Jon Macken produced a smart finish on 18 minutes to put The Reds in front, but real controversy surrounded the second goal three minutes into the second half. Campbell-Ryce's effort from 25 yards deflected off an offside Simon Whaley and into the net, but the officials awarded the goal. With the Burnley players still fuming 2-0 became 3-0 two minutes later as Diego Leon's effort took a wicked deflection on its way in.

Barnsley nearly threw it away though when they allowed Martin Paterson to score twice in four minutes to ensure a nervy finale.

Saturday 29th November 2008

Match Twenty: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Barnsley

As so often happens, Barnsley threw it away just when something promising was on the cards. After a fine win over a Burnley side with just two defeats in 19, they succumbed to a defeat against a Nottingham Forest side, bottom with just two wins in the first 18 games of the season.

The Reds dominated the game but fell behind due to one lapse in concentration. Nathan Tyson's cross was left by the Reds defence and Joe Garner gratefully headed home. Barnsley's afternoon was summed up when Stephen Foster headed against the bar from point blank range at the death.

P:6 W:3 D:0 L:3 F:11 A:9 GD:+2 Points:9
Top Scorer: Jon Macken (3)