Match Report by WILKY

Whether the scoreline should really read Referee 1 - Coventry 1 - Barnsley (minus) 1, I don't know, but Oakwell was a glum arena for Reds fans once again and there were hardly any signals that things will get better.

First, Barnsley Captain "Fozzy" was judged to have brought down Coventry striker Clinton Morrison, just outside of the area. In reality, Foster had reached the ball with his head, but his momentum knocked Morrison to the ground. It was a bad decision on the referee's part and probably sparked the beginning of a frustrating afternoon for the Oakwell faithful and Reds players.

The resulting free-kick was fired with pace and precision in to the Barnsley goal with Steele having no chance of getting anyway near it.

Barnsley enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half, but they failed to really do much with it, the midfield were wayward in their passing and their was a disappointing lack of quality in their final ball with poor crossing being the consistent problem.

The second half didn't fair much better for Barnsley. Rob Kozluk receiving a second yellow card in the space of just two minutes on the back of a seemingly one-way refereeing performance, but perhaps that's the view you take when performances were poor right across the park.

Luke Steele toiled with his distribution today, almost from every re-start the only shirt he could find was sky blue. Possession was never built from the back and as a result Coventry continued to retain possession for long periods and were constantly threatening in the second half.

On a brighter note, Iain Hume finally made a return to Championship action but the Reds were always going to struggle at the stage he made his appearance.

With just 10 minutes or so left, Coventry wrapped up the points with a goal from Morrison. The Reds were easily brushed aside in this encounter.

It's just two games in to the season. Barnsley have just one point from a possible six. They occupy 22nd position in the Championship with Preston ahead in two days time. Is this early season Deja Vu? Let's hope not.

Simon Davey and the lads have got a further opportunity to put it right very quickly at the `well. Tuesday night can do a great deal to put the season on the right footing. The Reds simply must improve at home.

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