Oakwell Stadium

Next Game

Barnsley v Oldham

Monday, 29 December 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet League 1

Deepdale

Last Game

Preston 1 - 0 Barnsley

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Bond delighted by clean sheet

Kevin Bond paid tribute to QPR's players after they kept a record eighth consecutive clean sheet, while David Flitcroft is sure results will improve for Barnsley.

Last Updated: 07/10/13 at 12:32 Post Comment

Harry Redknapp's assistant Kevin Bond pleased with clean sheet

Harry Redknapp's assistant Kevin Bond pleased with clean sheet

Rangers' 2-0 victory at home to struggling Barnsley - secured by Charlie Austin's two second-half goals - maintained their unbeaten record in the Sky Bet Championship.

And yet another shut-out saw goalkeeper Rob Green make history and also means the Rs have still not conceded a goal with summer signing Richard Dunne in the team.

Bond said: "It was important to us, late in the game when we appeared to be in control, to keep the run going. We didn't want to give a goal away.

"It's fantastic and it's not just down to the obvious players like the defence and the goalkeeper. It's testament to everyone really."

Barnsley defended resolutely before substitute Junior Hoilett tricked his way towards the left-hand touchline and pulled the ball back for Austin, who netted from seven yards out.

And Austin sealed the win with five minutes remaining when he slotted home from the penalty spot after being tripped by Martin Cranie - the striker's fifth goal in as many matches.

Bond added: "In the end it was comfortable, but you're always anxious I suppose until you get the breakthrough.

"I just felt we needed to increase the tempo of the game in the second half. We'd had a couple of really good chances and their keeper made great saves.

"The longer it goes on the more you can get frustrated, so I think the introduction of Junior Hoilett helped us. We needed to get the ball out wide more and he helped us with that.

"And it was nice to see Charlie score again, but the crowd also appreciate what he does for the team."

Barnsley are bottom of the table and have now lost all six of their away league matches this season.

But Tykes boss David Flitcroft insisted they are capable of improving results after the international break.

Flitcroft said: "It was probably 20 or 30 seconds of us not doing what we wanted to do which cost us.

"You can't give Charlie Austin two inches. We said before the game that we'd have to mark him because he's a unique goalscorer at this level. Then Martin [Cranie] doesn't have to tackle him there.

"We defended well as a team and limited them to two chances in the first half. We kept them at bay and kept their fans low, but that first goal really gave them energy and verve.

"There were a few tired performances in the last 20 minutes. We just ran out of legs.

"We've got to balance and shape this squad and find out who we're going forward with. It's two weeks to assess things.

"We've got a plan to win football matches and we intend to have a really positive bounce-back after the international break."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Premier League: Manchester City respond to Chelsea's victory by winning at West Brom

Manchester City won 3-1 at West Brom to reduce the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League back to three points.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property