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Reds Out Of Cup After Being Hit For Five

Wednesday August 28 2013

David Flitcroft David Flitcroft

THE Reds were knocked out of the Capital One Cup after a 5-1 loss at home to Southampton on Tuesday night.

The Premier League side showed their class throughout but Barnsley once again made too many costly errors.

Steven Davis opened the scoring in the first half when he put the ball home after being set up by midfielder Lloyd Isgrove.

Jay Rodriguez doubled their advantage after the break but Barnsley halved their deficit through Stephen Dawson.

Emmanuel Mayuka restored Southampton's two-goal advantage and the game was put beyond the home side after further goals from Davis and Gaston Ramirez in the dying minutes.

"We defended really poor all over the pitch," said David Flitcroft. "I'm really disappointed with the aspect of how we defended as a team. It's sink or swim time."

Veteran goalkeeper Mike Pollitt made his Barnsley debut having only just signed a 28-day loan earlier in the day.

"I've felt for quite a while Luke Steele was not under enough competition," Flicker added. "I felt I could relieve a bit of pressure on Luke.

"Luke's been rested tonight and it was a good opportunity to try something different."

Barnsley, at the foot of the Championship table, have conceded 17 goals in their first six matches of the campaign and will now return to league duties against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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Reply Posted by Peter H on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 09:21
Not long now before "Sack the Manager" rears its head then.

Reply Posted by ex red on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 11:41
Well that's the cup out of the way, we can now concentrate on getting relegated.

Reply Posted by Red on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 12:02
The club lacks experience at management level

An absent owner, a chairman with no affinity with the club and who does not appear to attend matches. Only one other Director who appears to have learnt nothing in over thirty years involvement with the club. A Chief Executive, wet behind the ears, with no club experience and no affinity with the club. A Manager with very limited experience, who talks in riddles and who has a whole range of lower league coaches/trainers etc. to support him.

What do fans really expect? Unless there are changes relegation is sadly staring us in the face.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 12:17
Flicker how's about this.......

You tell the team that Christmas is early this year, we're bottom of the league and we need to go on a run like last year, Give them their Christmas dinner on Friday, give em a present each and invite all the fans to dress up for Christmas - Santa hats, silly scarves, fancy dress etc. and we'll all celebrate Christmas early. That way the Huddersfield game can be our fresh start and we played much better after Christmas last year.

We need to up the tempo again - we're taking too much time on the ball, when we played Charlton we were battering them as they couldn't live at our pace, when we took our foot off the gas they came back at us and got a draw.

Last year we were much more direct and teams couldn't live with our pace and that's where we beat them.

Etuhu, Mellis and Dawson in centre midfield, O'Brien & Noble Lazarus as wing backs and Craney, Golbourne & Wiseman as centre backs. Make Dawson or Mellis your captain and tell them you want them to lead by example and give Mellis 90 minutes for a change. They have got the skill to do it. OGrady & Pederson up front & Steele in goal but fine him for unneccesary wandering and not being commanding enough at crosses.

They've got the skill, they've got the bottle, they just need to believe again.

Stop playing people out of position.

Also, get the chairman down at the games, get the owner down at the games, get everyone from the top visible to the fans - we're in it together lets be seen to do just that. Get the chairman seen by the fans, he talks a good game, let him be seen to follow a good game.