In last week’s midweek encounters Ryan Tunnicliffe was an unused substitute for Peterborough as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Reading.
While Robbie Brady suffered a bad day at the office as he started on the bench and when he was called into action was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Dan Harding as his Hull side lost 2-1 to promotion favourites Southampton. This will be either a blow or a blessing in disguise to Brady who had cemented his place in the Hull side this term and could lose his place with his three-game suspension. But we at RFFH are always looking to the bright side of things and we think Brady could do with the rest and will return to the side refreshed and raring to go despite this setback.
However, it was Drinkwater versus Tunnicliffe on Saturday as Barnsley took on Peterborough in a seven-goal thriller at London Road. Scott Wootton wasn’t involved for the Posh but Tunners came on for the last half an hour, however, he couldn’t outdo our star performer, Danny Drinkwater.
Although he didn’t make the score sheet himself, Drinkwater was involved in couple of the goals as former United goalkeeper Luke Steele made a trio of stunning saves before Drinkwater picked out the waiting Butterfield, who clipped the ball into the top-left corner to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half time. He wasn’t done there though as he enjoyed arguably his best performance in a Barnsley shirt with 10 minutes remaining Drinkwater jinked inside on his right foot to tee up the Davies, who drilled high into the net to seal a remarkable victory for the Tykes.
Drinkwater also got the nod last night as he did his utmost to get some sort of revenge for the Reds as his side made it two wins from two and succeeded where United failed last week by defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 at home. The 21-year-old was visibly tired and was culled at half-time as he ran himself into the ground again starting on the left side of midfield and with a busy period of games on the horizon, he will have to get used to playing two and sometimes three games in the space of a week. Barnsley will be pleased with their current form as they escaped trouble and have now climbed to 13th in the table.
Ritchie De Laet failed a late fitness test ahead of his supposed return to Manchester but it was just as well that he missed out as Norwich were thrashed 5-1 by Manchester City. The Canaries were punished for lapses of concentration towards the end of the game as Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson scored late on to make the scoreline more flattering for the Sky Blues.
Oliver Norwood and Sam Johnstone also had some down-time as Scunthorpe didn’t play this weekend.
No surprises where Josh King was when second played third in the Bundesliga in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Borussia M’gladbach; in the stands. Bring him home Fergie, young King needs some games this season.
Fergie also hinted this week that Kiko Macheda and Mame Diouf will be going out on loan in January after the Reds Carling Cup exit to Crystal Palace.