Barnsley FC Season Review 2008/2009

Last updated : 15 May 2009 By Alastair Limb (tykesmad)
A hectic April began with the home game against Nottingham Forest which was a fiver a head. In front of almost 20,000 supporters, the highest since the clash with Chelsea.

Saturday 4th April 2009
Match Thirty-Nine: Barnsley 1-1 Nottingham Forest

A dour game was lit up just 30 seconds into the second half when a Bobby Hassell throw caused problems for Forest and Jamal Campbell-Ryce (the smallest man on the pitch) looped a header into the corner. Andranik was fouled for a penalty which after much argument, JCR stepped up and his effort was saved by Iain Turner. The Reds paid the full price and Robert Earnshaw equalised for Forest.

Tuesday 7th April 2009
Match Forty: Sheffield United 2-1 Barnsley

Two late goals by John Joe O'Toole and Arturo Lupoli sunk the Reds before another missed penalty by Jamal Campbell-Ryce and a bullet header by Daniel Bogdanovic which gave the Reds a glimmer of hope.

Saturday 11th April 2009
Match Forty-One: Watford 1-1 Barnsley

Cheered on by nearly 1000 away fans, the Reds took the lead from Jon Macken converting a fine cross by Adam Hammill but a catastrophic error by Heinz Muller cost theReds dear as he flapped at a cross which enabled Tommy Smith to slot home.

Monday 13th April 2009
Match Forty-Two: Barnsley 1-3 Swansea City

Another terrible error by Heinz Muller gifted Swansea three points in this game. Ashley Williams headed City in front after 2 minutes before Jordi Gomez lashed home and Muller dropped the ball at the feet of prolific striker Jason Scotland who made it 3. Daniel Bogdanovic scored a penalty to make the scoreline a little less embarrassing.

Saturday 18th April 2009
Match Forty-Three: Reading 0-0 Barnsley

The Reds got a good point at the Madejski in their fight against relegation with Anderson and Michael Mifsud coming close for the away side.

Tuesday 21st April 2009
Match Forty-Four: Coventry City 1-1 Barnsley

Daniel Bogdanovic gave the Reds an early lead at the Ricoh Arena but a dubiously given penalty in the 93rd minute allowed Coventry to gain a point with Elliott Ward smashing home the penalty.

Saturday 25th April 2009
Match Forty-Five: Barnsley 1-1 Wolves

The Reds drew 1-1 for the fourth time this month as they held Champions Wolves. Jon Macken sent Oakwell ballistic on 58 minutes by giving the Reds the lead but former Barnsley loanee Kyel Reid denied them safety with an 85th minute strike.

Thankfully, the following Monday, Norwich were beaten 2-0 at home to Reading with Shane Long scoring twice which meant the Reds just needed to avoid defeat on the last day to stay up.

April record: P7 W0 D5 L2 F6 A9 GD-3 Pts5
Top scorer: Daniel Bogdanovic (3)