The League One promotion race saw yet another twist at the weekend which must have delighted Barnsley’s supporters.
After suffering their first defeat in 20 outings against Burton Albion, the Tykes responded in dramatic style on Saturday as goals from Mike-Steven Bahre, Cauley Woodrow, Cameron McGeehan and Jacob Brown helped them secure a 4-2 victory over Fleetwood Town. Although the result was overshadowed by an alleged assault by Joey Barton on Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel after the game (via the BBC), events unfolding in Sunderland’s clash with Coventry provided even more drama on what was a surreal day in the third tier.
Despite coming back from a 3-1 deficit to end the first-half all-square at the Stadium of Light, the Black Cats ended up losing 5-4 to the Sky Blues in what was the highest scoring game of the year in League One. As a result of this defeat, Barnsley were able to leapfrog their promotion rivals in the standings in what could prove to be a pivotal period of the season.
Although Sunderland and Portsmouth still have a game in hand over the Tykes, it could be argued that by having a two-point lead over both teams, Stendel’s side now have the advantage in the battle to finish in the top-two, especially when you compare the respectives run-ins between now and May.
Whereas Barnsley only have to face one side who are in top ten (Blackpool), Pompey and Sunderland have to both face three, which includes the clash between themselves which is set to take place on April 27th. If the Tykes can secure maximum points from their final four fixtures, they would finish on a total of 96 points which has been good enough to secure automatic promotion for each of the last ten seasons in the third tier.
However, any potential slip-ups could end up being very costly for Barnsley in the race for second place as they may have to settle for the lottery of the play-offs if they fail to produce at this vital stage of the year.
What do you think Tykes fans? Will Saturday’s victory provide you with the impetus needed to secure automatic promotion? Are you confident that your side can win all of their remaining fixtures? Let us know below…