Sunday, 27 November 2011

Match Report Leeds 1-2 Barnsley

Alex McCarthy was the latest victim of Leeds’ keeper curse after his twin errors gifted Barnsley a shock Yorkshire derby triumph.The on-loan Reading man – making his home debut – was beaten by Ricardo Vaz Te’s scuffed 27th-minute shot.And then he failed to hold Jacob Butterfield’s shot two minutes before the break to present Craig Davies with an open goal.Despite Ross McCormack’s stunning second-half effort and a late sending off for David Perkins, Barnsley held out to complete only their second away victory of the campaign.McCarthy’s mistakes came in the first game at Elland Road since Paul Rachu bka’s embarrassing performance in the 5-0 loss to Blackpool that saw him shipped off to Tranmere.And it left Leeds fans praying for quick return from the crocked Andy Lonergan who is due back early next month.But boss Simon Grayson refused to condemn his keeper.“The first one was unfortunate but the second one, the lad’s hit it well and it’s difficult to palm it away,” he said.“I’m not going to show any criticism towards Alex because he’s a great goalkeeper.”Barnsley boss Keith Hill was delighted with his players.“To come to Elland Road and win is up there was one of my best moments. It was great to celebrate with the players at the end,” he said.Grayson’s side spent much of the week playing FIFA 2012 – but this was as far away from fantasy football as you can get.Although Robert Snodgrass was crowned king of the computer game, he soon discovered he could not walk it into the net in real life.The Scot’s speculative effort from outside the area was Leeds’ only effort of the opening stages and it soon became a war of attrition.Lowly Barnsley won plenty of the midfield battle and grew in confidence.Yet it was still a surprise when they took the lead with their first chance of the game.
Jim O’Brien’s cross from the right found Vaz Te. The ex-Bolton forward completely scuffed his shot. But McCarthy had already dived and the ball embarrassingly beat him in slow motion.Leeds struggled for a way back in as Stephen Foster came close to No.2 for the Tykes when he headed over from Danny Butterfield’s inviting free-kick.But Barnsley did not have long to wait – and McCarthy was left with his head in his hands.The outstanding Butterfield’s long- ranger was straight at him but McCarthy fumbled and Davies gleefully accepted his fifth goal in the last five matches.Leeds looked nervy right across the backline and it is a problem that manager Grayson needs to sort out quickly – or they can forget all about a return to the Premier League this season.Perkins saw red with two minutes left for a second yellow for bringing down Keogh but the Tykes held on.And Grayson said: “It was frustrating after our last two away wins. We did not do good enough things.“It’s not easy in this league. People will say we’ve not won in four at home. But we needed someone to show us that spark.“They were more of a threat than us and they hit us on the counter-attack.
“They played a system that suited them and they will get some good results.”

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