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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Barnsley stun City at Oakwell


Thompson - A big wake up call

City boss Steve Thompson described his sides performance as not good enough


Manchester City suffered their first defeat under manager Steve Thompson as they slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat away to Thompson's old employers Barnsley.  The defeat See's City drop to 3rd in the division and calls as a huge wake up call to all who thought City would walk away with the division. 
City named the same side that beat Scunthorpe United 4-1 last time around meaning captain John Terry and recent Signing Axel Witsel both made their away debuts for the team.

A goalless first half was much down to the heroics of City keeper David De Gea who pulled of a number of fine saves to keep his side level. Barnsley keeper Ochoa was also worked denying both Ronaldo and Witsel with terrific saves.
The second half  started brightly for City and Ochoa came to his sides rescue on 48 minutes with a superb stop to deny Hulk a certain goal and that save was to prove vital for Barnsley who went on to grab the only goal of the game on 70 minutes courtesy of Argentine striker López LISANDRO who turned his marker sharply before firing past the despairing De Gea 1-0. Thompson threw on Substitutes Reinartz, Munian and Mirallas with 15 minutes to go in a desperate bit to get his side back in the game but Barnsley showed tremendous determination told hold out and claim their first victory of the season. FULL TIME 1-0.

After the game Manchester City manager Steve Thompson could not hide his anger at his sides performance....

"The performance from start to finish simply was not good from us today and is a big wake up call for us all, i am very angry with my players at the minute. I feel like i am talking to a brick wall sometimes. We didn't compete with Barnsley on all fronts today and Craig and his boys fully deserve the 3 points.

I knew that Barnsley would battle they really needed this result but we just never matched them and that as a manager is not good enough. The lads have to pick themselves up and take a long hard look in the mirror before we play Rochdale in midweek. Thankfully we have come through the game unscaved but that doesn't mean i am not afraid to make changes"

Thompson was also questioned about the reception he received from the Barnsley supporters after being roundly booed on his way to the dugout .......

"I expected it to be fair i fully understand their anger at me leaving them with just one game to go last season but in time i hope they will forgive me and look back on my time there with pride. We achieved some good things at Oakwell we finished in a play off final in every season i was there it was just a shame i never got them back to division 2. I wish them and Craig nothing but the best for the future they are a great club"


  1. Some fans maybe upset that you left coz they wanted you to stay. The success you had at Barnsley may never be repeated. Your 163 games in charge - winning D4 play-off and twice runner-up in D3 play-off were good seasons' at Barnsley. The majority at Barnsley wish you well in a job that no-one could refuse.

  2. Thanks Craig.

    Hopefully you can go one better than me and get them to division 2