Barnsley 1:0 Leicester City
City suffered a third consecutive defeat for the first time since Nigel Pearson became manager when they lost 1-0 to Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday night…
Pearson made one change to his side as City attenpted to regain their place in the play-off frame, with 40 year old Chris Powell replacing teenager Ryan McGivern at left-back.
More heat than light was created for the opening half hour, with both teams deperate for a win but lacking composure. The home side had the first clear cut chance when a midfield error allowed Hume in but Brown saved City with a timely challenge.
A minute later the ball was nestling in the Barnsley net but N’Guessan’s effort was judged offside.
N’Guessan had two more chances leading up to the break, but one was fired at Foster, covering for Steele who had ventured out of his goal, and the second saw a far post header from a Gallagher cross going the wrong side of the post.
Although Steele then had to be alert to save a speculative Wellens effort, and then Weale made a good save from a Colace header, the sides went in goalless at the break.
Barnsley began to exert some pressue on Weale’s goal as the second half progressed and the City keeper produced a fine save from a Hamill rocket shot. From the resulting corner both Gallagher and Oakley made goal line clearances as the ball pinged round the goalmouth.
Hume then stabbed a shot wide and Weale saved again from Hamill as the Tykes piled on the pressure.
In the 66th minute Fryatt and Howard came on for Waghorn and Kermorgant, but it was the home side who took the lead ten minutes later.
A Hume corner fell for Shotton, Weale managed to save his shot but the ball fell in the path of Coalce, the Argentinian making no mistake fromn close in to give Barnsley a deserved lead.
Weale made another fine save from a De Silva volley, before City mustered a late rally.
Their final hopes were shattered when a fairly obvious handball from Foster in the area was ignored by the ref with seconds remaining.
Nigel Pearson admitted: “We are having a bit of a difficult time at the moment and we have to get back to basics.”
City now face the challenge of League leaders Newcastle at home on Saturday…
Barnsley: Steele, Kozluk (Moore 17), Foster, Dickinson, Shotton, Doyle, De Silva, Hammill, Colace, Macken (Gray 76), Hume. Subs Not Used: Hallfredsson, Preece, Potter, Butterfield, Adam.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Powell, Hobbs, Morrison, Oakley, Wellens, Gallagher, N’Guessan (King 73), Kermorgant (Fryatt 66), Waghorn (Howard 66). Subs Not Used: Dyer, Logan, Neilson, McGivern.
Referee: D Webb (Lancashire). Attendance: 12,065.