Davey Escapes Ban

Reds boss Simon Davey has escaped a touchline ban for his sending-off in the controversial 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United back on the 8th November.

Davey was sent to the stands for having a go at a linesman for awarding the Blades a penalty in the 85th minute at Oakwell and amazingly it has taken nearly three months for his hearing to take place.

Davey though escaped with a £500 fine and a warning about his future conduct, so he will be able to take his place on the touchline for Saturday's trip to Bristol City.

Meanwhile former Barnsley striker Daniel Nardiello has returned to the league where he made his name. Nardiello who hit 32 goals in 134 appearances for Barnsley in four spells between 2004 and 2008 has joined League One side Hartlepool United after failing to make an impact at Blackpool.

It was in League One where Nardiello hit the heights. He joined The Reds there on loan from Manchester United in January 2004 and hit a brace on his debut, ironically against Blackpool and then two seasons later he hit eight goals including decisive ones at Walsall, Huddersfield and against Swansea at the Millennium Stadium to earn Barnsley promotion to the Championship.

He scored a further nine times as Barnsley maintained Championship status in 2006-2007 before a controversial switch to QPR. He made only eight appearances for Rangers (just two of them starts) before returning to Oakwell on loan last January. He was nowhere near as prolific this time however and he managed just one goal (against eventual champions West Brom) in 13 appearances.

Nardiello then moved to Blackpool in the summer of 2008 but has made only three appearances- ironically his debut came against Barnsley in September and it was the only Blackpool victory he has been involved in.

He will now try his luck at Hartlepool, a team he scored against for Barnsley in February 2004.