Barnsley 2-0 Portsmouth: More misery for Pompey - Sunday Mirror match report
Published 17:09 18/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Crisis club Pompey’s turbulent week sunk to a new low as they dropped into the Championship relegation zone with a defeat at Barnsley.
Just over 24 hours after entering administration for a second time in two years, Portsmouth battled bravely with 10 men after Dave Kitson’s red card in the first half before goals in the last 15 minutes from Jim O’Brien and substitute Matt Done consigned them to defeat.
Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch watched on from the main stand at Oakwell as around 400 travelling fans chanted “we will never die”, but the immediate future looks bleak for the club.
Tykes boss Keith Hill was asked if had any sympathy for Portsmouth, and said: “None whatsoever, because they’ve spent money they can’t afford. They’ve recruited players that I could not afford to recruit, and they are paying the type of wages that I could only dream about.”
Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton said: “I spoke to the administrator this morning. We have a the smallest squad in the league and a horrendous injury situation, so he said he will address getting more players in on Monday.”
Barnsley started brightly and Craig Davies came close to scoring in the fifth minute as he beat Stephen Henderson with a dipping shot that rattled the crossbar.
But that was a rare moment of quality in a dire first half, with Pompey’s only chance coming after 18 minutes when Erik Huseklepp fired wide.
The big talking point of the first half came three minutes before the break, when Kitson went in late on Corey Smith to pick up a second yellow card.
Barnsley were almost gifted the lead 53 minutes in, when Ricardo Rocha’s header was going into his own net before Henderson intervened to tip the ball around the post.
But Pompey were far from being overrun and the lively Ward almost caught out Luke Steele with a vicious drive that the keeper palmed away.
The visitors looked on course for a point but Barnsley broke the deadlock 14 minutes from time as O’Brien let fly from 20 yards out and found the corner.
And Done sealed the points in stoppage time as the Tykes substitute wrapped things up with a neat left-foot finish.