Barnsley were soundly beaten by Cardiff City, at the weekend, in a showcase that saw the two sides score a combined eight goals. The game, played on Saturday, ended 5-3, in City's favour, with Icelandic player, Aron Gunnarsson, who joined Cardiff on a free transfer in July, scoring twice, to help topple the Tykes.

Cardiff took the lead after just ten minutes, with a Kenny Miller strike that left Barnsley goalkeeper, Luke Steele, grasping at thin air. Joe Mason, also at Cardiff, claimed the Welsh side's second in the 34th minute, just five minutes after replacing Miller at the front.

Undeterred, Barnsley's Danny Drinkwater found the net in the 36th, with a deflected free-kick, to put the game back within the Tykes' grasp. However, the Bluebirds were relentless; Gunnarsson's effort seven minutes from the break was a self-assisted volley from a Peter Whittingham cross making it 3-1 at half time. People looking at the Championship football betting will have been shocked by the goalfest.

Drinkwater came the closest to opening the scoring in the second half, but his strike collided with the crossbar. Cardiff's Don Cowie, a player who has drawn praise for his performance, on Saturday, scored his club's fourth goal on the hour mark, with a superb solo effort.

Gunnarsson's second put the match well beyond salvation for Barnsley in the 71st minute. However, two final goals for the Yorkshire team, courtesy of Jim McNulty and Ricardo Vaz Te, formed part of a rousing fightback for Barnsley. Vaz Te's goal arrived at the death, in the 86th minute. Anyone following the football betting will have known the game was all over.

The result means that Cardiff climb to eighth in the Championship, while Barnsley remain precariously balanced, in seventeenth. The Tykes now only have one point over Birmingham City, in eighteenth, and five over Watford, the highest-placed resident of the dreaded relegation zone.
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