Reds FT: Barnsley 2 Bolton 3

Tomasz Cywka battles with Darren Pratley
Tomasz Cywka battles with Darren Pratley

BARNSLEY lost their 2013 100 per cent Oakwell record as Bolton edged a five-goal thriller.

The Trotters last played at Oakwell nearly 12 years ago and there hadn’t been a goalless draw between the two sides for more than a century.

It was the Reds who stared the brighter of the two sides and who had the first chance of the game, in the ninth minute.

The recalled Cywka saw his powerful left-foot shot charged down before, a minute later, fellow midfielder Tunnicliffe had a shot blocked by centre-back Knight.

But just as the Reds were getting on top some poor defending allowed the visitors the chance to score the opening goal.

Winger Eagles cut the ball back to NGOG and his point-blank shot was brilliantly saved by keeper Steele.

However, the rebound fell invitingly for the striker as he poked into the bottom left-hand corner.

Former Reds striker Davies rifled over from distance with another warning shot before Liverpool loan recruit SPEARING rifled a right-foot shot into the bottom-left corner to double the Trotters’ advantage.

Less than a minute later Perkins was denied a goal with a fine save from Hungarian Bogdan.

The midfielder’s thunderbolt from distance was superbly tipped past his right post to maintain Bolton’s healthy advantage.

Half-time: 0-2

Flitcroft changed to a more conventional 4-4-2 formation for the second half - and the change had an immediate effect as CYWKA pulled a goal back within 60 seconds of the restart.

The Polish winger finished off a fine flowing move, rifling into the bottom-right corner with a powerful low strike in his first start since December 15.

O’GRADY equalised from point-blank range for his second goal in as many games.

Bogdan spilt Tunnicliffe’s effort and the Owls loanee pounced to fire in the rebound.

But the Reds’ joy was soon dampened as they conceded a poor free-kick on the edge of their own box and the Trotters bagged a third goal to retain the lead.

Steele spilled Spaniard Alonso’s shot and West Brom loan defender Dawson gratefully fired home from the edge of the six-yard box. It was a poor goal to concede.

Trotters boss Freedman withdrew former Oakwell favourite Davies with 11 minutes remaining and brought on defender Wheater to sure things up at the back.

Goalscorer Cywka found space and time to get off a shot, but again Bogdan was there to frustrate the hosts.

Cywka had another chance after the ball fell loose from a corner, but this time he blazed high and wide much to the frustration of the home fans.

The Reds had five minutes of injury time to try to snatch a point but couldn’t deliver.