The Tykes came up with a solid team performance, which owed much to a good display in goal from Luke Steele and a reinforced midfield through a 4-5-1 formation which changed to 4-4-1-1 at points during the game. Not only did this enable the Reds to secure a point but gave rise to a first clean sheet away from Oakwell.
The Barnsley boss now turns his attention to the visit of Cardiff City to South Yorkshire. Last season the Tykes took all six points against the Bluebirds. The victory at Oakwell in November 2009 was secured with the last kick of the game, when a Carl Dickinson free kick denied the Welshmen a point.
Cardiff City suffered the agony of a Play-off Final defeat in a memorable game against Blackpool last season, but have responded positively to the disappointment of that day and they are again amongst the front runners for promotion. The Welsh club currently sit in second place behind QPR.
Cardiff, like Barnsley, were involved in a 0-0 game in midweek, although Dave Jones will be mightily disappointed that his team couldn’t see off struggling Crystal Palace. Although this maintained the Bluebirds unbeaten home record, their record isn’t quite as good on the road this season. In the space of five days in September, Cardiff lost at Leicester City and then at Ipswich Town.
Barnsley remain unbeaten at home, and if they can find the form of the game against Leeds United rather than the insipid display from the last home fixture against Derby County, then Mark Robins’ team can certainly topple another promotion chasing side on Saturday.
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