Date:Friday February 27 2009
A Barnsley fan tells Vital QPR that while boss Simon Davey is doing job at Oakwell, Barnsley seem to persistently underachieve.
Editor of Vital Barnsley Matt Goodwin aka MattyG indicated also indicated that the January deals make him quietly confident of safety.
The managerial turnover at Barnsley has steadied in recent years, what do you make of the reign of current boss Simon Davey?
Well, it's been up and down but every manager does. It's always difficult to win over the Oakwell crowd who are stubborn bunch! Simon's done well, though. He's got his head down and has worked hard having ignored all the unfair criticism.
Davey has brought some talented foreign players into Oakwell using his contacts abroad to strengthen the side - what do you think has been his best addition thus far?
The obvious choice is from last season in Heinz Muller. A towering presence between the sticks and a great shot stopper. However, Hugo Colace the Argentine midfielder has really steadied the midfield and adapted to the English game so quickly since joining from South America.
At present the Tykes sit 19th place with 36 points, that`s just three off third bottom Norwich City - do you feel you`ve underperformed?
Barnsley always underperform! It's frustrating when we know we have a quality squad, but I suppose it's the same for every club who are crying out for consistency. Injuries and suspensions weren't kind to us in January, so hopefully we've turned a corner now.
Barnsley always seem to do just enough in recent years towards the end of the campaign to secure their safety - how confident are you of staying up this season?
Quietly confident. We do have a quality squad, but it would be nice to secure safety with more than two or three games to spare. Although I don't think there's any shame in Barnsley just scraping relegation again, it's a very tough division and the competition increases each season.
In the transfer window Hugo Colace was made a permanent Tyke while Daniel Bogdanovic bolstered the forward line, what did you make of these deals?
As mentioned before, Hugo was a great signing. Bogdanovic needs more time to settle in as he's not played a lot of football. He did, however, score a very good goal on his debut whilst carrying a hamstring injury - so he did pretty well.
On deadline day you bagged the further loan signings of Teymourian, Hammill and Mifsud, did any of these captures surprise you, pleasantly or otherwise?
It was great to capture Mifsud who is a proven goalscorer. Teymourian is a good box-to-box player and Hammill is a hungry youngster determined to prove himself, so they were all good signings.
The last time the two sides met at Oakwell it was a drab 0-0 stalemate, which I witnessed depressingly first-hand from the away end - do you anticipate a better game this time round?
Hopefully yes. I remember Istvan Ferenczi missed an open net that game, too. Bad times. QPR have always provided a difficult encounter for us, and everyone expects the same again this weekend.
Who is the man Rangers fans should watch out for this weekend?
Adam Hammill seemed pretty lively when he came off the bench. He should be starting this weekend, too. Anderson de Silva is usually our main creator, but he's been 'off' in recent matches, and might even be dropped!
Conversely are there any players in the Rangers side you would love to have in your line-up?
Probably Dexter Blackstock. Whom I believe has already scored over ten goals this season - as we're the second lowest scorers in the league, anyone who can find the net we'd love to be in a Barnsley shirt!
Finally what are your predictions for the game?
We should be winning our home games but have obviously struggled in front of goal. My head says a draw, my heart says 1-0 to the Reds.
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Date:Friday February 27 2009
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