By Red Army
January 18 2017
Barnsley 1 – 2 Blackpool
A full strength Barnsley team were dumped out of the FA cup by fourth tier Blackpool at Oakwell. With the loss of Winnall and others likely to follow I ask the question is this result a sign of things to come?
The reds dominated possession throughout and had their fair share of chances but it’s safe to say that Blackpool had the better of the goal scoring opportunities and only some fine saves from Adam Davies kept the reds in the tie.
Could this result be a sign of what lies ahead for the reds for the rest of the season? Dominant in possession but never looking like scoring. The dominant in possession part could become a struggle too if we lose any more players.
This season, in fact this last year or so has been terrific for Barnsley. I worry now that all the hard work to get to this point will ultimately be for nothing and the second half of this season will be struggle.
If it is then that will no way reflect the fantastic work of our head coach and the players still at the club. But any team who lose their best players will struggle particularly when you have to spend four times the amount you receive for them to find an adequate replacement.
This group of players is unique. The way the club has brought in talent from the lower leagues is remarkable but how many more Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald’s etc can the club continue to find? There can’t be that many more who can step straight from non-league to the Championship with such ease.
Last night also showed how much we missed Winnall up front for more than just his goals. The strikers were unable to hold the ball up and neither did anything of any significance and struggled to get involved in the game.
Winnall could hold the ball up and was always able to impose himself on the game. Perhaps Bradshaw and Armstrong are too similar and it should be one of them alongside either Payne or Watkins up front. Both can hold the ball up and are more of a physical presence.
Perhaps we also need to look at bringing in another striker despite the amount of strikers we currently have at club?
I am just thankful that we have had such a great start to the season as I fear it could be impossible to adequately replace departed/departing players and we could find ourselves in a similar position to when we were eighth under Keith Hill.
We lost Butterfield, Drinkwater and Vaz Te that season and plummeted.