Barnsley vs Leeds
Sky Bet Ch’boat
12:30pm Sunday 15th September
Leeds made it late in Barnsley but returned to the top of the Championship with a hard-fought 2-0 success at Oakwell.
Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah was the star of this series after coming off the bench with 20 minutes remaining. Prior to winning a penalty five minutes later, which Mateusz Klich converted to make certain of these points he started the scoring.
The two groups passed up numerous opportunities to score in an entertaining and frenetic Yorkshire derby, but a mix of top goalkeeping from Kiko Casilla along with Brad Collins, plus wayward meant a lengthy wait for the opener.
It was harsh on the young side of Barnsley, with the aged 24 or under, but they remain winless since the launching afternoon and sit only 1 place.
The opening 10 minutes saw both goalkeepers called into action. First Collins was awake until Casilla pushed away a Malik Wilks effort to refuse Patrick Bamford along with his feet.
Then Casilla was had to push on Luke Thomas’ effort off, while Bamford stung Collins’ gloves perhaps he should have crossed for team-mates with 36 minutes on the clock.
An end-to-end final 10 minutes of this first-half watched Pablo Hernandez fire from the edge of this box, Cauley Woodrow hammering an attempt on the bar and Wilks drag a shot wide of the left handed post of Casilla.
Jack Harrison subsequently passed up the best opportunity of the half as the clocked ticked into stoppage time. Even a corner was flicked on by Ben White and to the path of Harrison. From five metres out he can just smash on the post with his effort.
The half’s phases were even more busy. Before Jacob Brown analyzed Casilla from variety with a drive bamford scuffed an attempt at Collins. Bamford then thought he’d started the scoring to the markers as he switched only for the assistant’s flag to rule the attack outside was offside in the build-up.
Alioski for both Woodrow for Barnsley and Wilks and Leeds passed up opportunities ahead of the hour-mark, as did Halme Klich and Bamford in a match which seemed destined to go-down as one of the most entertaining 0-0 pulls you will see afterwards it.
But Nketiah made sure not to pass up his very first opportunity. Kalvin Phillips whipped in a free kick dropped his marker to marvel in the post and ship 4000 Leeds fans.
He made sure it’d be his name that Leeds fans were singing in the final whistle, even when Halme fouled him at the box following the Barnsley centre-back had almost equalised for the hosts. Klich awakened and made no mistake from 12 yards rolling the ball into the bottom corner after sending the incorrect way to Collins.
Eddie Nketiah was only on the pitch for 20 minutes, when nobody else did however he revealed the gap at Oakwell and kept his of goal.
He demonstrated his predatory instinct to open the losing his mark before demonstrating his power, and completing smartly on the volley at the back post. The Leeds fans serenaded the hero and he’ll be pushing at Bamford hard for a starting spot.