Given the Tykes poor record in recent years on the opening day of the season and the fact they were visiting a ground where they haven’t won in 60 years, then perhaps a 4-0 loss was no great surprise.
However, the score line doesn’t reflect the whole story.
Over the 90 minutes the Reds had slightly more possession than QPR although this ultimately didn’t translate into shots on target.
Interestingly, QPR Manager Neil Warnock reflected that the end result flattered his side and that Adel Taarabt was the difference between the two teams.
Tykes boss Mark Robins highlighted the defensive lapses that caused the teams downfall at crucial times during the match and hopes this acts as a kick up the backside to the players.
As fans we know that football is a game in which luck, chance and fortune play their part. It could be said that both penalties for QPR were pretty “soft” decisions and on another day may not have been given.
Lady luck was certainly not smiling on the Tykes with the game still poised at 1-0 as Jason Shackell andAdam Hammill hit the post either side of half-time. Throw in a good claim for a penalty and that 4-0 could have been so different.
Yes to lose heavily it not an ideal start, but the team needs patience, not knee-jerk reactions.
Last season Norwich lost 7-1 on the opening day off the season and subsequently went on to win the League One title.
Whilst I’m not suggesting the Tykes will march imperiously to the Championship title just yet, let’s not write off this season after one game.
The main thing now is for positive results and committed performances in the two games at Oakwell this week, starting with the League Cup tie tonight against Rochdale and then a visit from Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Let’s get out and support the team in numbers this week. Keep the faith.
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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