Barnsley FC FA Carling Premiership
Game 16: Saturday 29 November 1997

Barnsley 2 - 3 Leeds United

(Half-time: 2 - 1)

Crowd: 18690
Referee: M D Reed (Birmingham)
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Match Facts
  Teams Unused Subs
Leeds Martyn, Kelly, Robertson, Haaland (Molenaar 69), Radebe, Wetherall, Wallace, Hasselbaink, Ribeiro, Bowyer (Lilley 77), Halle (Maybury 45) Beeney, Laurent
Barnsley Leese, Eaden, De Zeeuw, Redfearn, Liddell (Hristov 85), Bullock (Appleby 79), Bosancic (Moses 72), Tinkler, Barnard, Ward, Markstedt Watson, Hendrie
  Scorers Other Info
Leeds Haaland 35, Wallace 79, Lilley 82  
Barnsley Liddell 8, Ward 28  
  Yellow Cards Red Cards
Leeds Halle, Radebe, Haaland, Maybury, Wallace, Robertson  
Barnsley Bosancic, Ward, Moses  
Match Statistics
  Leeds Barnsley
Corners won ? ?
Fouls committed ? ?
Hit woodwork ? ?
Offsides committed ? ?
Shirt numbers of goalscorers 4, 8, 17 ?
Yellow cards 6 3
Red cards 0 0
Match Reports
Fans' Reports
Adam Isherwood Barnsley Report
Newspaper/Newswire Reports
The Guardian Leeds play catch up with Barnsley
The Times New dawn fades as Leeds grow stronger
The Sunday Times Leeds by name, catch-up by nature
The Electronic Telegraph Barnsley stunned by Leeds' power of recovery
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Barnsley Report - Adam Isherwood

This is my first season without a season ticket for many years. Saturday's trip to Barnsley was my first game this season. I have to salute the Leeds fans singing WATC-COE at half time with their shirts off - they had to be mad, because it was p!ssing it down.

We were sat in front of the old main stand, the bit that used to be standing and we got p!ssed wet through too. Oakwell has really changed since I last went there. They now have two decent stands and two terrible ones. The away fans are still open to the elements, although judging by the singing when we scored the third, they didn't care.

We'd been told by the person who gave us the tickets to keep our mouths shut because the Barnsley stewards would chuck anyone out who looked like an away fan. [They did chuck out the Barnsley fan who threw the ball straight at Robertson's face in the second half]. It was difficult to keep quiet while the ref seemed determined to impose himself on a game that didn't seem dirty to me. The pitch was slippery an its not surprising that sliding tackles were the order of the day.

Its strange watching Leeds these days. Even two goals down, I was waiting for the comeback to happen. Last year I would have been waiting for the final whistle knowing that we had no chance of scoring.

We were very close to the pitch, sat in row E of the stand. Normally we sit in the upper east stand at Elland Road. It's a whole different game when you can actually see the players faces. Gary Kelly was shouting at Gunnar Halle for most of the first half, especially after we went behind.

We didn't seem to have much of a midfield - especially in the first half. I thought Haaland and Bowyer were pretty anonymous. We managed some good play down the right, but Barnsley's defence managed to prevent or deal with any crosses.

Their goals were both sickening - particularly since Martin stopped the first shot each time. Perhaps he should have used sticky gloves.

Robertson didn't seem too bad to me. He saved us with a goal-line clearance in the second half. Lucas was a trooper all day - he pulled up half-way through the the first half with what looked like a hamstring problem, but he carried on and played through the rest of the game.

Wallace looks a different player from last season. His confidence is sky high, and he is happy to run at people again. He looks back to his best to me.


Leeds play catch up with Barnsley - Michael Walker

Copy from Football Guardian of 01/12/1997.
Read the full report in The Football Guardian

The concept of straightforwardness does not seem to be one with which the footballers of Barnsley are familiar. Games are either dramatic emotional defeats or dramatic emotional victories, and dear knows what their manager Danny Wilson would give for a dull 0-0 draw.

That is a scoreline yet to feature in Barnsley's season and currently their Premiership games show an average of 3.56 goals. Unfortunately for Barnsley their share of those goals in 11 of their 16 games has been less than 50 per cent.

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