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Barnsley Fans Verdict: Royals Respond With Three Points

A round-up of how the fans reacted to a good response from the awful performance last Wednesday.

Wednesday night was bad, very bad - and the need for a reaction was greater than ever, and the players and Mark Bowen definitely provided one, maybe not in terms of the overall performance but certainly in terms of the end result.

Bowen switched up the personnel from the Wigan disaster, making five changes to the team that lost 3-0 - but, as the gaffer said post-game, any one of the 10 outfield players could’ve been dropped in reality.

It was a job well done by the Royals as Saturday had a chance of being a really dangerous game for us, if we’d have lost that game the atmosphere around the club would’ve gone from very bad to near enough rock bottom - but we didn’t and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

The fans were rightly furious, angry and upset after the Wigan game but were understandably in a much more jovial mood travelling home against the Tykes. Here’s how they reacted to some of the key talking points on Twitter after the game...

Praise For Bowen

He rightly came copped some serious flack after the Wigan game, with some fans even going to the extent of wanting him sacked as manager - which was probably a bit too premature.

However, on Saturday he got his tactics spot on and - after putting himself under a lot of pressure with some controversial comments in his post-match media duties on Wednesday - he had to make sure he backed those comments up with a result, and he did just that.

I don't think the Wigan game is completely out of the memories of the Loyal Royals just yet, but Bowen got some well deserved credit on social media after the game...

George Puscas

He hasn't fully found his feet yet but he still continues to show signs of his huge potential - his second goal at Wigan, his opener against Cardiff back in August and again on Saturday with a fantastic finish against Barnsley.

Fans have been far too impatient with him, but honestly if he gets given time and a long run of games in the team, he will become a top striker for us and score a lot of goals - because he's a natural goalscorer.

The turn, run and finish definitely got the fans talking after the game, maybe now we are all beginning to see how good this lad can be...

Three Points

One of those games where the performance just didn’t really matter - all that counted was getting those three points on the board and putting Wednesday night behind us, and we did just that.

It wasn't a perfect performance and Bowen will know that, there is still plenty of work to do in order to start looking up the table again - but it was three very important points for everyone at the club.

The fans were in a much better mood after the game, as the Royals broke the little bad run we’ve been on and helping to put the Wigan performance behind us...

Conclusion

A performance and a result that goes a long way to wiping that Wigan game out of the memories of everyone involved at the club - which needs to be done as soon as possible.

A decent gap between us and the relegation zone now, and hopefully we continue to build on these performances and start looking upwards again.

Next up, the small matter of a FA Cup fifth-round game against Premier League Sheffield United.

URZ