5/01/2020 2:01 pm
Referee: James Linington
|Green||Brown, Chaplin, Thomas|
Barnsley advance into tonight’s FA Cup 4th Round draw after beating Crewe Alexandra at the Alexandra Stadium yesterday afternoon thanks to goals from Jacob Brown, Conor Chaplin and Luke Thomas. Paul Green had levelled the game early in the second half for the League 2 club.
Manager David Artell made one change from Wednesday’s 4-1 home win against Carlisle United with Harry Pickering returning at left-back in place of Rio Adebisi, who dropped to the bench.
The opening chance of the game came in the 3rd minute with winger Brown putting the visitors ahead with a strike from distance before Will Jaaskelainen would deny captain Alex Mowatt as the Tykes dominated the opening quarter-hour. The Alex would get into the game as the half grew on with Daniel Powell missing an open goal from 6 yards out after 2 Barnsley players had clashed in the build-up before Chuma Anene was denied by the visitors’ defence.
Crewe would level 3 minutes after the break with Green heading home a Charlie Kirk cross from close range before left-back Clarke Oduor had a free-kick tipped onto the bar by Jaaskelainen just before the hour-mark. Barnsley would retake the lead on 74 minutes with Chaplin heading in a knock-down from Bambo Diaby and, with time almost over and Jaaskelainen up the pitch for a free-kick, Barnsley would add their third through Thomas after he was played in as he ran the ball half the length of the pitch before finishing from close range.
Our next two games see us travel to Swindon next Saturday before hosting Cheltenham Town the following week.
What can we learn from this game?
It was a good indication of how we would be able to compete against a team that, should we both end up in League 1 next season, and for the majority of the game we matched Barnsley. We started off terribly with the early goal summing up the start of the game and we could (and probably should) have gone in level at the break with Powell’s sitter going in instead of wide of the post.
That said, the better team on the day advanced through and good luck to them in the next round.