Decent Effort, Mediocre Result
Chelsea's prospects of progressing through to the last eight of the Champions League were left hanging by a thread, after a characteristically dramatic home encounter against perennial foes, Barcelona. A draw in the end probably flattered the visitors. They had the lion share of possession but really didn't put Tibo Courtois to any trouble. However, a lapse from an otherwise outstanding Chelsea defence was cruelly punished, as Lionel Messi belatedly opened his goals account against the Blues, after years of frustration. Perhaps Courtois committed himself too early, leaving Messi with the task of slotting home from a narrower angle, but it's hard to blame the goalkeeper. He was commanding from their corner kicks and was totally untroubled, courtesy of a well-marshalled home rearguard.
Leisure Leagues Barnsley
Sunday's at Honeywell. Wednesday's at Shafton.
The champions of England made very light work of overcoming Hull, thereby earning themselves a considerably trickier sixth round assignment at Leicester City. Willian helped himself to a well-taken brace, with fine shots from each foot. This has taken his goals tally to a healthy double figures. Meanwhile Pedro recorded his fifth goal of the season, courtesy of an excellent assist from Cesc Fabregas. Best of all, new recruit Olivier Giroud slotted home his first goal for his new employer from close range. Finally Willy Caballero cemented his reputation as an excellent penalty saver, by defying a second half spot kick. I'm not sure however that the visiting Barcelona will capitulate so easily this forthcoming Tuesday.
Next Up: Bromley (H)
A look ahead to Rovers' home game against Bromley on Saturday afternoon....
Match Thread: Preston North End vs Wolves
Wolves travel to Preston for a big match with a team still aiming for a top six place.
It’s A Job
Now that the dust has settled on Paul Heckingbottom’s departure to Leeds and we have a new man in place I’d like to put a bit of perspective in to it and take out the emotion of being a fan of the club.
New Manager Appointed
Barnsley 1 – 1 Sheffield Wednesday
An all too familiar scene at Oakwell on Saturday with the reds being the better side but failing to come away with all three points.
A Hazard-Inspired Revival
It almost inevitably took a brilliant contribution from the irreplaceable Eden Hazard to help Chelsea re-acquaint themselves with a league win after two disastrous outings against Bournemouth and Watford. The Belgian ace stroked home the opener after a lay-off from the erratic Giroud, but it was his second which really caught the eye. The maestro took the ball on the edge of the penalty area and let rip with his weaker left foot. The outcome was a shot that flew inside the near post, leaving Ben Foster helpless. No goalkeeper in this world would have saved that effort, unless he had actually positioned himself on the post. In between, Vic Moses calmly controlled the ball and scored also with his left foot from close range, after an intelligent run into the box that beat the offside trap, leaving the opposing defence stranded.
Leisure Leagues Barnsley Sunday 6 a Side League
New Season Starts 25th February