Barnsley F.C. Season Review 2012/13

Last updated : 09 May 2013 By Alastair Limb (tykesmad)

August ended with a dour transfer deadline day which saw no ins or outs at Oakwell despite Keith Hill's best efforts to strengthen a squad blighted by injuries.

The Reds second home game of season was against Bristol City and it was by another one goal margin they triumphed. Jacob Mellis' 50th minute header enough to see Barnsley over the line, despite the dismissal of Bobby Hassell.

FT: Barnsley 1 (Mellis 50) Bristol City 0. Attendance: 8,088.

A two week international break followed this game and 18-year-old defender John Stones was called up for England's under 19 side and made his international bow against Germany.

Back to club football, the Reds hosted early pace setters Blackpool at Oakwell. Craig Davies gave the Reds an early lead with a crisp finish but Blackpool star Tom Ince equalised before half time.,

FT: Barnsley 1 (Davies 14) Blackpool 1 (Ince 30). Attendance: 14,134. 

The midweek fixture came away to Blackburn Rovers, who under Steve Kean had made a good start to life back in the second tier. So it was surprising when Jacob Mellis gave Barnsley the lead. £8m signing Jordan Rhodes got Rovers level and Portuguese legend Nuno Gomes sealed a late win for the home side.

FT: Blackburn 2 (Rhodes 45, Nuno Gomes 85) Barnsley 1 (Mellis 32). Attendance: 12,722.

Keith Hill further bolstered his side by bringing in former Leicester City defender Tom Kennedy on a free transfer ahead of the weekend's game with Birmingham City.

Kennedy made his debut at St Andrews in what will go down as one of the most memorable games in Barnsley's modern history. A goalless first half which the Reds dominated paved the way for an incredible second period. Craig Davies netted four goals in 19 minutes after Stephen Foster had given the Reds the lead. It could, in reality have been 10. 

FT: Birmingham City 0 Barnsley 5 (Foster 50, Davies 54, 60, 65, 73) Attendance: 13,893

Coming up was two home games against 23rd and 24th in the league so following the demolition of Birmingham the Reds fans were in confident mood. However, they could only manage a draw with Ipswich. A late Stephen Dawson strike sparing Barnsley's blushes after Aaron Cresswell had given the Tractor Boys an early lead.

FT: Barnsley 1 (Dawson 73) Ipswich Town 1 (Cresswell 5) Attendance: 8,571

September League Record: Played 5; Won 2; Drawn 2; Lost 1; For 9; Against 4; GD +5; Points 7.

Overall League Record: Played 8; Won 3; Drawn 2; Lost 3; For 12; Against 12; GD 0; Points 11; Position: 12th.