Sam Morsy assists as Barnsley win in dramatic circumstances
Barnsley survived a comeback scare as they beat Cardiff City in a dramatic 4-3 win, as Ryan Williams scored in the dying seconds following Cardiff’s comeback from 3-1 down, as Egypt international Sam Morsy got himself an assist.
Cardiff City XI: Amos; Manga; Morrison; Peltier; Connolly; Gunnarsson; Whittingham; Hoilett; Noone; Zohore; Pilkington.
Barnsley XI: Davies; MacDonald; Roberts; Yiadom; Bree; Morsy; Hourihane; Kent; Scowen; Bradshaw; Winnall.
Although Barnsley are several places above Cardiff in the table, it was the home side who took an early lead as the domineering centre half Sean Morrison scored a header from a Peter Whittingham corner.
In typical Neil Warnock fashion, Cardiff went on the defensive, and Egypt international Sam Morsy tried his luck from distance, only to see his shot saved.
The pressure paid soon later as San Winnall scored a header, as Conor Hourihane added to his impressive assist tally with a cross.
Kenneth Zohore, a cousin of Ivorian legend Didier Drogba, almost reclaimed the Cardiff lead however Davies was equal to his effort.
This would come back to haunt the Bluebirds five minutes later, as Sam Winnall got his second of the afternoon, this time with a simple finish after Kent carried the ball a huge distance before crossing to Morsy, and the English born Pharaoh squared the ball to the striker to put Barnsley ahead.
This pattern repeated itself, as Zohore again produced a save from Davies which led to Barnsley scoring at the other end, this time from Scowen following a Kent cross, as the Tykes went into the interval with a 3-1 lead.
Although this lead should’ve been comfortable, however in the closing stages Cardiff made their way back into the game through Peter Whittingham, as his shot deflected off of a defender’s head before finding it’s way into the net.
Despite Davies’ best efforts to keep the three points intact, Anthony Pilkington equalised late on from a corner, again with a slice of fortune from a deflection to guide the ball in.
As all hope seemed to go for Barnsley, they managed to score a winning goal in the dying seconds of the game. Marley Watkins powered his way through the Cardiff defence and played the ball to Ryan Williams, who had a simple finish to clinch a crucial three points away from home.
The result means that Barnsley are still 12th in the Championship table, six points from the final playoff place which is occupied by Sheffield Wednesday, who beat Barnsley 2-0 in midweek. Cardiff are in 20th place, dangerously close to Blackburn in the relegation places.
Barnsley’s next game is at home against Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day, in a game which Barnsley will probably expect to win given Blackburn’s poor run of form.
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