- Barnsley F.C. season 2007-08
Preparation for 2007/08
At the end of the season, Barnsley announced the release of first team members
Antony Kay, Neil Austin, and Marc Richards. Strikers Daniel Nardielloand Paul Hayesthen left to join QPR and Scunthorpe United, respectively. Paul Heckingbottomalso agreed a loan move to his former club Bradford City, until the end of January. Manager Simon Daveywas quite prolific in the summer transfer window, bringing in no less than fourteen new players and spending around £1 million, the majority of this on three strikers.
Kayode Odejayi(Cheltenham), Miguel Mostto( Cienciano), Kim Christensen( Odense Boldklub)
Anderson Silva de Franca(On loan from Everton), Jamal Campbell-Ryce(Southend United), Dominik Werling( Sakaryaspor), Andy Johnson (Leicester City), Rohan Ricketts(Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Heinz Muller( Lillestrøm S.K.)
With the departure of six first team players (
Daniel Nardiello, Paul Hayes, Antony Kay, Paul Heckingbottom, Neil Austinand Marc Richards), Simon Davey dipped heavily into the summer transfer market and ultimately brought in fourteen new players, the majority of whom were foreign. The most successful of these signings included goalkeeper Heinz Muller, midfielders Anderson and Jamal Campbell-Ryce, and a new defensive line-up made up of Robert Kozluk, Dennis Souza, Stephen Fosterand Lewin Nyatanga(who returned on an extended loan spell after becoming a fan favourite).
Barnsley had a very positive start to the season, surpassing expectations and finding themselves in the top six of the
Football League Championshipwith ten games played. Most of the summer signings found their way into the squad early on, making it quite common for there only to be two or three players in the starting eleven who were with the club in the previous season. Top scorer Brian Howard was rumored to have attracted Premiership interest along with new signings Heinz Muller, Dennis Souzaand even manager Simon Davey. The team managed to maintain a decent level of consistency, remaining in the top half of the table throughout the first half of the season. Derby striker Jon Mackenarrived on loan in November, and scored his first three goals for the club in his last two matches before being recalled by Derby at the end of December along with Lewin Nyatanga. Barnsley's form finally began to stutter through December and January, when they went for eight league games without a victory and dropped to 16th in the table. They did, however, beat both Blackpooland Southendin the FA Cup to secure passage to the last sixteen.
The first new signing of the January window was Spanish midfielder
Diego Leon, followed by a short-term loan signing for Miguel Tininhoand a controversial loan deal for ex-reds striker Daniel Nardiello(who had turned down a contract offer to leave the club for QPRthe previous summer). Shortly before the transfer window closed, Davey signed previously-loaned players Jon Mackenfrom Derby Countyand Anderson from Everton (each for an undisclosed six-figure fee), as well as securing yet another loan spell for Lewin Nyatanga, with a fee agreed for a permanent summer switch. Outgoing from the club was reserve goalkeeper Nick Colganto Championship rivals Ipswich, so an injury to first-choice keeper Heinz Mullerforced a late loan deal for goalkeeper Tony Warneron a month's loan from Fulham. Anderson also suffered an injury in late February which would keep him out for up to seven months.
Barnsley continued to maintain their lower mid-table position in the Championship, unable to put a winning streak together. On February 16, the team travelled to Anfield to play Liverpool in the 5th round of the
FA Cupand pulled off a surprise 2-1 victory, with a strong defensive display and a 'Man of the Match', 'Player of the Round' performance from loaned keeper Luke Steele (who was brought in at the last minute for cup-tied Tony Warner). After conceding a goal in the first half, it was Stephen Fosterwho equalised in the second and captain Brian Howard who scored the last-gasp winner which allowed them to progress to the quarter finals for the first time since 1999, where they would face Chelsea at Oakwell. Here, the Tykes put in a 'sensational' performance against the FA Cup holders and 'Player of the Round' Kayode Odejayi's second-half header (only his second goal of the season) was enough to put the Yorkshire side into the semi-final for the first time since they won the cup in 1912. Even Chelsea boss Avram Grantadmitted after the game that the Championship side fully deserved their win [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/7285730.stm] . With Portsmouth the only Premiership side remaining in the competition, what had begun as a shock result at Anfield had now developed into a genuine chance to reclaim their FA Cup glory, and when they were drawn against Cardiff City in the semi-finals a repeat of the historic final versus West Bromwich Albion was well on the cards. However, in front of a Wembley crowd of 82,752 they narrowly lost the game 1-0 to Cardiff thanks to a 8th minute strike from Joe Ledley.
Meanwhile in the league, losses against Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Burnley saw them drop to a precarious position and relegation fears were brewing, but a surprise 3-0 away win at Watford followed by a 1-2 victory at Preston North End were a big boost to their survival hopes. Their survival was secured on the second-to-last matchday with a 3-0 home victory over Charlton, and they eventually finished at 18th in the league with 55 points.
hort match reports
Match One - Barnsley 1-4 Coventry City
Barnsley started off their second season back in the Championship in the worst way possible after a home 4-1 drubbing from play-off candidates Coventry.
Leon McKenzieput the Sky Blues in front before Brian Howard equalised from the penalty spot. In the second half, Kevin Kyle, Julian Grayand Michael Mifsudtied up an easy win for Cov.
Carling Cup Round One - Barnsley 2-1 Darlington
The Reds faced Darlington in the Carling Cup First Round three days later. After a dull first half, Reds substitute
Istvan Ferenczi, who replaced Miguel Mosttoscored with his first touch, a header from Rob Kozluk's cross. Former Tyke Tommy Wright then levelled for Darlington before Reds skipper Paul Reidrifled a bouncing ball into the net to seal Barnsley's passage to the next round.
Match Two - Colchester Utd 2-2 Barnsley
Barnsley's first away game ended 2-2 at Colchester United. Brian Howard grabbed the first goal of the game for Barnsley after
Dean Gerkenbrought down Kayode Odejayiand was sent off. Close to half time veteran Teddy Sheringhamnetted his first goal for Colchester. After the restart Matthew Connollyscored Colchester's second goal, heading in Johnnie Jackson's cross. On fifty minutes Barnsley skipper Paul Reidwas sent off after elbowing Teddy Sheringham. Both teams were down to 10 men. After Grant McCann's corner, Johnnie Jacksonwas guilty of handball, Brian Howard stepped up and struck the ball into the top right hand corner. The hard fought game ended 2-2.
Match Three - Barnsley 3-2 Plymouth Argyle
The Reds got their first win of the season at home to Plymouth in a game that shouldn't have been so nervy.
Istvan Ferencziput the Reds ahead after a neat move. A bullet free-kick by Dominik Werlingsent them in 2-0 up. Brian Howard effectively put the game beyond doubt with a header. But Barry Haylesand Nick Chadwickreduced the deficit to 3-2 but Barnsley held on.
Carling Cup Round Two - Newcastle United 2-0 Barnsley
Premier Leagueclass showed in the Magpies 2-0 win. The Reds held out until half time at 0-0. In the 57th minute, Alan Smithreleased Michael Owenwho slid the ball under Barnsley keeper Heinz Muller. Obafemi Martinsthen doubled the lead on 86 minutes with a shot that was thought to be taken down by the arm but the goal was awarded.
Match Four - West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Barnsley
West Brom taught Barnsley a harsh lessons at the Hawthorns in a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Filipe Teixeiralashed Albion in front after 30 minutes and Craig Beattiebenefited from poor defending and beat Heinz Mullerwith ease. The Reds hardly trouble but Anderson had a shot brilliantly saved by Dean Kiely.
Match Five - Barnsley 2-0 Scunthorpe United
After a modest start Barnsley picked up the pace and managed a to bag a couple of goals. An own goal from Marcus Williams just before half time and
Kayode Odejayiin the 65th minute. This gained Barnsley their first clean sheetof the season and a 2-0 win.
Match Six - Stoke 0-0 Barnsley
A second clean sheet for Barnsley in a game where neither side quite managed to create any goals. Barnsley did well to maintain possession and both teams had a fair number of chances to take all three points.
Match Seven - Southampton 2-3 Barnsley
An absolutely thrilling away game ended in victory for Barnsley, two free kicks from
Grant McCanngiving the Tykes a good lead in the first half. Marek Saganowskimanaged to pull one back for the home side just before half-time. Reds full-back Dominik Werlingwas sent off after 70 minutes, and the game ended in memorable fashion with a goal at each end deep in stoppage time; Inigo Idiakezwith the equaliser for Southampton but foiled by Martin Devaney's last-minute winner.
Match Eight - Barnsley 1-1 Cardiff City
A decent game with the reds dominating the majority of the first half. However, Barnsley fell behind through Cardiff's
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbainkon the 73rd minute. Nevertheless, the reds managed an equaliser on the 83rd minute through a Brian Howardheader.
Match Nine - Barnsley 3-0 Bristol City
Barnsley's most decisive win of the season yet came against a
Bristol Cityside who had thus far been undefeated in the league. The team created chances throughout and for the most part dominated the first half, but it was in the second half that goals from Brian Howard, Dennis Souzaand Martin Devaneyexposed the shortcomings of the away team and led the reds to a well-deserved victory.
Match Ten - Charlton 1-1 Barnsley
A tricky away game at the valley brought another solid performance from Barnsley, keeping the sheet clean until the 82nd minute when
Zheng Zhinetted a goal for the home side. Barnsley fought back, and in injury time substitute Kim Christensenscored his first goal for the club to earn a dramatic away point.
Match Eleven - Barnsley 1-1 Burnley
Barnsley extend their unbeaten run to seven games with this draw, going one goal down after ten minutes with Andy Gray finding the net for the away side but
Miguel Mosttoscored his first goal for Barnsley in the second half to bring them a point from this game.
Match Twelve - Hull 3-0 Barnsley
A debacle of a performance saw
Fraizer Campbellbag a brace and Dean Marney score late on the condemn the Reds to their first defeat in seven games.
Match Thirteen - Leicester 2-0 Barnsley
The disappointing form continued for Barnsley, with goals from
Collins Johnand Patrick Kisnorbocondemning them to another defeat.
Match Fourteen - Barnsley 1-0 Preston
The Reds claimed a win over struggling Preston courtesey of a first-half header from
Istvan Ferenczi, in his first match after a month-long injury spell. The away side had a huge chance to equalise in the dying seconds of the game when they were awarded a penalty, but keeper Heinz Mullermade a stunning save to tip it round the post and maintain his clean sheet. Match Fifteen - Barnsley 2-1 Blackpool Brian Howardopened the scoring in this match with his fourth penalty of the season, after a foul on Sam Togwell. Blackpool had a man sent off in the second half but continued to fight back bravely. Istvan Ferencziwidened the gap in the second half with another goal from a header, but Blackpool pulled one back minutes later thanks to Keith Southern. The away team continued to create chances but Barnsley maintained their lead thanks to another superb performance from goalkeeper Heinz Muller.
Match Sixteen - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Barnsley
A solitary goal by
Neill Collinswas enough to see Wolves overcome the Reds. Hungarian forward Istvan Ferencziwas denied his third goal in as many games when his header was controversially ruled out by female assistant Amy Rayner.
Match Seventeen - Barnsley 3-2 Watford
A thrilling victory at Oakwell. Two goals in quick succession from
Brian Howardand Martin Devaneylook like giving Barnsley a 2 - 0 lead going into half time but two headers from Watford defender Danny Shittumade things all square going into the break.In the second half, Barnsley were gifted the win after Richard Lee's blunder from Brian Howard cross.
Match Eighteen - Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Barnsley
The South Yorkshire derby was settled on the hour mark by a header from
Akpo Sodje. Barnsley fail again to win at Hillsborough.
Match Nineteen - Ipswich Town 0-0 Barnsley
Barnsley claimed an unexpected point away at
Portman Roadbeing the first team this season to leave Ipswichwith anything. In a pretty even game there were chances at both ends but Barnsley would have been the happier of the two teams after ending Ipswich's 100% home record and ended their own run of 4 straight away defeats.
Match Twenty - Barnsley 1-0 Wolverhampton
A comfortable home win for Barnsley in a match where the away side managed only one shot on target.
Istvan Ferencziscored the only goal of the game just after half time, and minutes later goalkeeper Heinz Mullermade another spectacular penalty save at the other end.
Match Twenty-One - Barnsley 0-0 Crystal Palace
Another goaless draw for Barnsley thanks to another strong performance from
Heinz Muller, holding off the Crystal Palace attackers and retaining another point.
Match Twenty-Two - Sheffield United 1-0 Barnsley
This yorkshire derby was decided only by a
Matthew Kilgallongoal in the 64th minute of play, Barnsley again failing to produce any away goals.
Match Twenty-Three - Bristol City 3-2 Barnsley
The first four goals of the game came in quick succession towards the end of the first half, to make the scoreline 2-2 at half time.
Jon Mackenscored his first goal since coming on loan to Oakwell, and this was followed up by Dennis Souza. However, a last-minute goal from Byfield put the home side in front and denied any points for Barnsley.
Match Twenty-Four - Barnsley 3-3 Stoke
This controversial encounter brought a total of three penalties, one for each side in the first half and the final one awarded in the final minutes of play, allowing Stoke to take a point from Oakwell despite
Jon Macken's second and third goals of the season. Brian Howardhas put the Reds in front but said penalties and a well worked set piece gave Liam Lawrencea hat-trick to save Stoke.
Match Twenty-Five - Barnsley 2-2 Southampton
Sam Togwellopened the scoring in this match after only 16 seconds of play, and it was Jamal Campbell-Rycewith a rising drive to put Barnsley 2-0 up at half time. However, a brace from substitute Bradley Wright-Phillipsevened the score in the second half.
Match Twenty-Six - Scunthorpe 2-2 Barnsley
Another high-scoring draw saw the Reds come from behind to draw with Scunthorpe at
Glanford Park. Ian Morrisand Kelly Yougascored just before and just after half-time respectively to put Scunthorpe 2-0 up. However, Grant McCannpulled the deficit back with a firm volley after his free-kick was blocked by the wall. Andy Crosbyhandled Miguel Mostto's shot in the dying seconds and Brian Howardnetted in the seventh minute of added time.
FA Cup 3rd Round - Barnsley 2-1 Blackpool
Barnsley made a late comeback against Blackpool in order to progress past the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1999. They went a goal down after half an hour after a goal from
David Fox, and goalkeeper Heinz Mullerhad to be substituted at half-time due to injury, with reserve keeper Kyle Letherencoming on. With fifteen minutes remaining, defender Stephen Foster scored his first goal for Barnsley with a crafty back-heel from a corner and four minutes later 19 year old striker Michael Coulson put his team ahead.
Match Twenty-Seven - Barnsley 1 - 3 Norwich
A strong first half performance but a poor second half saw Barnsley lose at Oakwell for the first time since opening day.
Martin Devaneyscored an impressive opener to put them a goal ahead at half-time, but the opposition came away with three goals in the second. Ched Evans, Mark Fotheringhamand Dion Dublingot the Canaries' goals.
Match Twenty-Eight - QPR 2-0 Barnsley
Barnsley continue to struggle in the league, defeat at QPR meant that they haven't tasted victory in the Championship for eight games, and drop to sixteenth in the league.
Patrick Agyemangand Rowan Vineconsigned the Reds to yet another defeat.
FA Cup 4th Round - Southend 0-1 Barnsley
A fantastic strike by
Jamal Campbell-Ryceagainst his old employers and an inspired performance by Heinz Mullerensured that the Reds sealed their place in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. This was the Reds' first away win since they beat Southampton away way back in September.
Match Twenty-Nine - Barnsley 1-0 Colchester
A goal from
Jon Macken, who had just signed a permanent deal to return to Oakwell after his loan spell, sealed Barnsley's first league win since early December to re-affirm the teams strong home record. The result was even better given the fact that keeper Heinz Mullerplayed nearly the whole game on just one leg. Stephen Fosterwas forced to take his goal-kicks for him.
Match Thirty - Coventry City 4-0 Barnsley
Coventry ran riot over a lacklustre Barnsley side.
Leon Bestscored just before half time. The second half was evenly matched but Coventry ran riot in the last 20 minutes with Julian Gray, Jay Tabband Best all scoring. Barnsley players Brian Howard and Dennis Souza even started fighting on the pitch when the score was at 3-0.
Match Thirty-One - Barnsley 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
The tykes maintained the strong home form with a win over current league leaders West Bromwich Albion, a goal each in the first half for strikers
Jon Mackenand Daniel Nardiello. West Brom fought back in the second half and James Morrison pulled one back for his team, but Barnsley managed to hold on for the win.
Match Thirty-Two - Plymouth 3-0 Barnsley
A nightmare start to the match for Barnsley, as defender
Lewin Nyatangawas shown a straight red card after just three minutes of play, and Steven MacLeanopened the scoring for Plymouth from the resulting free kick. Down to ten men, Barnsley managed to hold off the home side until the final fifteen minutes, when Plymouth débutante Jamie Mackiescored twice to make the win decisive.
FA Cup 5th Round - Liverpool 1-2 Barnsley
Barnsley pulled off a huge shock in the fifth round of the FA Cup, beating Liverpool at Anfield to progress to the quarter finals for the first time since 1999.
Dirk Kuytopened the scoring in the first half, but Stephen Fosterheaded in the equaliser in the second while loaned goalkeeper Luke Steele made several saves to keep Barnsley in the game. It was captain Brian Howard with the last-gasp winner, a shot struck firmly into the bottom corner, after been denied a stonewall penalty
Match Thirty-Three - Norwich City 1-0 Barnsley
Simon Daveynamed an unchanged side from the side that beat Liverpool. However, Barnsley made a poor performance with the only goal of the game going to Norwich's Jamie Curetonin the 26th minute of the game.
Match Thirty-Four - Barnsley 0-0 QPR
A poor game played out in shocking conditions ended 0-0 between the Reds and QPR. Reds striker
Istvan Ferenczimissed two sitters in the first half but the wind got the better of both sides.
Match Thirty-Five - Barnsley 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Another game affected by wind ended 0-0. Neither team had the best of a poor game but arguably
Luke Steelekept Sheffield Wednesday out and the game ended with Rob Kozlukbeing sent off in the dying minutes for two lunges on Marcus Tudgay.
Match Thirty-Six - Blackpool 1-1 Barnsley
Barnsley were outplayed in this away game but managed to hold out for the draw. The first goal came from
Gary Taylor-Fletcherafter twenty minutes, but Jamal Campbell-Rycebagged an equaliser just before the break.
FA Cup Quarter Final - Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea
A Kayode Odejayi second-half header was sufficient to dump the holders out of the FA Cup and hand a semi-final place to Barnsley. In the first half, Barnsley created the better chances up front and defended extremely well. After the break, Chelsea pressed forward but were still unable to create a clear-cut chance thanks to a very crowded Barnsley penalty area. The home side eventually exploited the gaps left open at the back when
Martin Devaneydelivered a perfect ball into the area for Kayode Odejayito nod it into the net and score his first goal since September.
Match Thirty-Seven - Barnsley 4-1 Ipswich
Fresh from their sensational FA Cup performance, Barnsley managed to pull off their biggest win of the season against promotion candidates Ipswich.
Pablo Counagoopened the scoring for the away side after twenty minutes, but five minutes later it was Brian Howardwith the equaliser. Early in the second half, Jon Mackenheaded the ball in from a corner to put Barnsley in front and then with ten minutes remaining there was drama as Jamal Campbell-Rycewas brought down in the area and a penalty given, which Brian Howardscored for his twelfth league goal of the season. A late corner then resulted in what initially went down as an own goal by David Wright, but Brian Howardwas given the match ball suggesting that he may try and claim that goal and his first senior hat trick.
Match Thirty-Eight - Crystal Palace 2-0 Barnsley
Barnsley were unable to continue their winning form against playoff-chasers Crystal Palace, and they've still only won a single away game in the league all season. No goals at either end in the first half, but
Tom Soaresput the home side in front in the first minute of the second half then a late goal from James Scowcroftwrapped up all three points for Palace.
Match Thirty-Nine - Barnsley 0-1 Sheffield United
A single goal from
Billy Sharpwas enough to prove decisive in this Yorkshire derby, a loss which sees Barnsley drop to within two points of the relegation zone; their most precarious position all season.
Match Forty - Burnley 2-1 Barnsley
Quickfire goals from
Wade Elliottand Kyle Laffertyput the home side two goals up here. Although Brian Howardmanaged to pull one back before the break, Barnsley couldn't quite manage an equaliser; Jon Mackencoming closest when his effort hit the bar.
FA Cup Semi Final - Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff City
Barnsley's brave FA Cup run came to an end at the semi-final stage as Cardiff came away with a 1-0 victory at Wembley to reach the cup final held at the same venue.
Joe Ledleygave Cardiff an early lead with a goal in the 9th minute, but the decisive moment for Barnsley was when their quarter-final hero, Kayode Odejayi, missed a great chance when through on goal. Ultimately it would prove the best opportunity Barnsley had to draw level of the entire match.
Match Forty-One - Watford 0-3 Barnsley
Simon Daveykept faith in controversial striker Kayode Odejayiby giving him another starting place in this match, and was rewarded with two goals from him; his second and third league goals of the season. Stephen Foster's headed goal from a Diego Leoncorner made this a surprisingly big win for Barnsley against the Premiership contenders, and only their second away win all season.
Match Forty-Two - Preston 1-2 Barnsley
Barnsley continued to claw themselves away from the relegation spots with an away win at Preston; their second of the week and fourth of the season. A free kick from January signing
Diego Leonfollowed by a foul on Jamal Campbell-Ryceinside the area which led to a Jon Mackenpenalty secured this win, regardless of a Stephen Fosterown goal at the other end.
Match Forty-Three - Barnsley 1-3 Hull City
After two two successive away wins, the Reds came back to Oakwell and lost 3-1 to promotion chasing Hull. Dean Marney netted a penalty,
Ian Ashbeeheaded home and Dean Windassmade it 3. Istvan Ferencziheaded a late consolation.
Match Forty-Four - Barnsley 0-1 Leicester
A single second-half goal from
Iain Humewas the deciding factor in a game which could have secured Championship survival for Barnsley.
Match Forty-Five - Barnsley 3-0 Charlton
Barnsley finally secured their survival with a big win over Charlton.
Jamal Campbell-Ryceopened the scoring after just ten minutes, and then Lewin Nyatangaextended the lead from a Diego Leoncorner. Jon Macken's late headed goal from a Marciano van Homoetcross made all three points a certainty.
Match Forty-Six - Cardiff CIty 3-0 Barnsley
A typical end of season performance by Barnsley ended up in a 3-0 defeat to the side that knocked them out of the
FA Cupat the semi-final stage. Paul Parry, Kevin McNaughtonand the semi-final winner Joe Ledleybagged the goals.
League Goals (Cup Goals)
* Brian Howard 13 (1)
Istvan Ferenczi5 (1)
Kayode Odejayi3 (1)
Jamal Campbell-Ryce3 (1)
* Stephen Foster 1 (2)
* Paul Reid (1)
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