Barnsley have had an ineffective afternoon at Portman Road, managing to get just two attempts on target throughout the match.

Before the game it was reported that the Reds have had 184 shots on target in Championship matches this season, with only struggling Plymouth with fewer. Today was a further demonstration of some of the reasons why Barnsley can not beat those sides sitting lower than us in this year's league.

The earlier poll, on this site, showed that Barnsley had the popular opinion (48%) for an away win, perhaps on the back of Tuesday's performance against Forest. That confidence did not appear to be mirrored by the lads that stepped over the white line today.

No doubt Mark Robins will be disappointed with the outcome, however he delayed his substitutions until very late in the game when finally on 71 minutes Hume replaced Jon Macken, with RNL also appearing as a sub for Hallfedson for 73 minutes. Butterfield also replaced Doyle, but this shuffle of the pack changed nothing. The writing had been on the wall since the first half.

Mostly the fans who paid £31 for tickets to todays game will be glum, on the back of this tooth-less display at Portman Road. The Reds now look as though any hope of reaching the top six has now all but disaappeared.

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