5 years ago
REVIEW: BARNSLEY 2-1 CITY
CITY were punished for a lacklustre first half as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Barnsley at Oakwell.
During the opening 45 minutes City failed to deal with their hosts' tempo and they found themselves two down at the break.
The first goal, with 12 minutes on the clock, came via a move down the Canaries' left side, with Josh Scowen providing a low cross for Tom Bradshaw to sweep past John Ruddy.
City couldn't grasp any control over their opponents, who should have gone two up only for Sam Winnall to blast over the bar when free in the box.
The Tykes' soon got the second that their play deserved, though, when Conor Hourihane picked up a loose ball before beating Ruddy from outside the box with the help of a deflection.
Alex Neil made two changes at half-time, and within a minute his side had big appeals for handball in the area turned down when Jacob Murphy's effort from close-range was diverted behind.
The much-improved City then got a goal back on 52 minutes when Nelson Oliveira spun and fired stunner into the corner, with Adam Davies having no chance.
Momentum continued in the visitors' favour after they pegged their opponents back, but missed chances from Oliveira and Murphy meant they still had it all to do to salvage a result.
Desperate final pushes forward didn't yield any reward, and City suffered defeat for the eighth time in the league this season.
HOW THEY LINED UP
From the morale-boosting 5-0 win over Brentford, Neil made one change as Josh Murphy replaced Steven Naismith, who had hobbled off during last weekend's match.
This meant that both Jacob and Josh started together in a league game for the first time; they were joined by Alex Pritchard in the attacking three behind striker Oliveira.
Martin Olsson returned from injury but had to settle for a place among the substitutes, with Robbie Brady continuing at left-back.
City had Barnsley firmly pinned back in the wake of Oliveira's strike, but when Murphy's stabbed effort slid wide from Olsson's delivery their wave of forward pressing stemmed.
From that point on in the second half, Barnsley retained an element of control even though their attacking endeavours had long since been abandoned.
It was key for Neil's men to strike again in that period after the goal, but they couldn't and it ultimately cost them any share of the final spoils.
WHAT IT MEANS
It's a case of one step forward, two steps back for the Canaries as they followed up last Saturday's positive result with a loss.
On the final whistle, they sat in 8th place in the Sky Bet Championship, but home matches against Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town this week offer an opportunity to quickly put this game behind them.
GOALS: Tykes: Tom Bradshaw (12), Conor Hourihane (40) - Canaries: Nelson Oliveira (52)
BARNSLEY: Davies; Bree, Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, Hourihane (c), Scowen, Kent (Janko 90), Morsy, Winnall (Hammill 71), Bradshaw (Payne 72). Subs not used: Townsend (GK), Kpekawa, Evans, Williams.
NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Pinto, Bennett, Bassong, Brady (Lafferty 85); Howson (c), Dorrans; Ja. Murphy, Pritchard (Mulumbu 45), Jo. Murphy (Olsson 45); Oliveira. Subs not used: Jones (GK), Martin, Hoolahan, Klose.
REFEREE: Andy Woolmer
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