Barnsley vs Leeds
Sky Bet Ch’boat
12:30pm Sunday 15th September
Leeds left it late in Barnsley but returned to the top of the Championship.
After coming off the bench with 20 minutes remaining arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah has been the star of the series. Prior to winning a penalty five minutes later, which Mateusz Klich transformed to make certain of the 26, he started the scoring.
The two teams passed up numerous opportunities to score in an Yorkshire derby, however, a mix of top goalkeeping in Brad Collins along with Kiko Casilla, and wayward finishing meant a lengthy wait for your opener.
They remain winless since the opening afternoon and sit one place over the drop-zone, although it was harsh on the young side of Barnsley, using the starting line-up aged 24 or under.
The opening 10 minutes saw both goalkeepers called to action. First Collins was alert to deny Patrick Bamford along with his feet, before Casilla pushed off a Malik Wilks effort from the edge of their box.
Next Casilla was required to push on Luke Thomas’ effort away, while Bamford stung Collins’ gloves he should have spanned for team-mates with 36 minutes to the clock.
An end-to-end final 10 minutes of this first-half watched Pablo Hernandez fire over from the border of this box, even Cauley Woodrow blaze an effort over the bar and Wilks drag a shot wide of Casilla post.
Jack Harrison passed up the chance of the first half as the clocked ticked into stoppage time. Even a corner was flicked on by Ben White and into Harrison’s path. From five metres out he could smash on the article with his effort.
The stages of the second half proved more busy. Bamford scuffed an attempt at Collins, before Jacob Brown tested Casilla using a ferocious drive from range. Bamford thought he’d opened the scoring to the mark as he converted from Helder Costa’s cross , only for the assistant’s flag to rule out out the attack as Costa was offside from the build-up.
Alioski for both Leeds and Wilks and Woodrow for Barnsley passed up opportunities ahead of the hour-mark, as did Klich, Halme and Bamford after it.
But Nketiah made sure to not pass up his first opportunity. Kalvin Phillips whipped in a free kick from the left and Nketiah dropped his marker send 4000 Leeds fans that were travelling wild and to pounce at the post.
He then made sure it’d be his title that Leeds fans sang at the final whistle, when Halme fouled him at the box, only following the Barnsley centre-back had equalised for the hosts. Klich made no mistake from 12 yards, calmly after sending the wrong manner to Collins, rolling the ball and stepped up.
Eddie Nketiah was only on the pitch to 20 minutes, after nobody else did, however he proved the difference at Oakwell and kept his cool in-front of target.
He also showed his urge dropping his marker before showing his power to acquire the penalty minutes afterwards and completing on the volley in the back post. The Leeds fans serenaded the latest hero at the end and he’ll be pushing at Bamford difficult for a starting spot next week.
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