Date:Tuesday April 1 2008
Laffing in the Rain by EET
Burnley 2-1 Barnsley
Elliott (30) Howard (43)
A thunderous strike from Kyle Lafferty helped Burnley seal a deserved victory over Barnsley at a drenched Turf Moor.
Barnsley were the first to threaten in the twelfth minute through a Lewin Nyatanga shot which went narrowly wide.
On 20 minutes McCann headed home from a Robbie Blake kick from just outside the area. The goal looked okay to me but the referee bizarrely disallowed it.
This was followed by Nardiello shooting wide when he really should have scored. The Barnsley fans were on their feet thinking he had.
We took the lead on the half hour whilst Barnsley were down to 10 with one of their players off receiving treatment. There was nice work from Blake on the edge of the area as he slipped the ball between two Barnsley players for Elliott to prod through the keeper`s legs.
6 minutes later the goal of the season to date arrived. It was a majestic curling shot from the edge of the area right into the bottom corner from Kyle Lafferty.
2-0 up and we looked in complete control but then on the brink of half time came the usual defensive blunder. Poor marking from Alexander allowed Nardiello to get into the box and put the ball across the goal Jensen got down well to prevent the ball from being slammed in but unluckily the ball rebounded to Brian Howard who had an easy finish to make it 2-1 at half time.
It was an excellent save from Jensen to deny the first attempt despite ridiculous comments to the contrary from the Jensen hate mob some of whom said he should have got to the rebound. This of course is sheer poppycock. Some of these people expect Jensen to have the reaction speed of Superman.
The referee seemed to be considering calling the game off. Prior to the second half he came on and rolled a ball through the numerous puddles on the pitch.
The second half had few real chances. Blake had a shot on 56 minutes which was saved by Barnsley keeper Luke Steele and Elliott shot wide in the 66th minute.
Jonathan Macken then hit the crossbar and thankfully the ball bounced out for a goal kick.
A sumptuous effort from 35 yards from Joey Gudjonsson cracked the post and flew out shortly after. Had it gone in we would have seen the goal of the season change hands twice in one match.
We managed to keep hold of our slender lead for the rest of the match and emerged victorious. That leaves us still with a chance of the Play Offs, but we HAVE to go on an excellent run of form for the remaining 5 games if we are to be amongst the top 6 come the end of the season.
Man of the Match: Kyle Lafferty
An outstanding performance and scored the goal of the season so far. He left the field to a deserved standing ovation
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Date:Tuesday April 1 2008
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