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At the other end Frank Talia returned in goal for his first Division Two apperance since 29th November. Originally kept out of the side by Steve Williams and then on loan Scott Bevan, the Australian was on top form at Oakwell to frustrate the home fans. The pick of his saves came in the 85th minute when he managed to block substitute Dean Gorre's strike when a goal looked certain. A winner then would have a cruel blow for a Wycombe side who had shown tremendous fighting spirit in another performance that indicates that there is still plenty to battle for this season.
However, once again it was Wycombe's lack of finishing power that cost them the chance of stealing all three points. Nathan Tyson was generally left as the lone attacker with Darren Currie and Jermaine McSporran playing deep for large periods of the game. It was these two players who were involved in Wanderers best chance when a 64th minute clearance by Talia found Currie down the left wing. Currie's flighted cross found McSporran at the far side of the six yard box but there was no Wycombe player to meet the centre.
Tyson could have scored as early as the first minute when he air kicked McSporran's cross from the right as he raced in at the far post. Barnsley then looked like they had taken the lead when Daniel Nardiello ran onto a ball down the right channel on 8 minutes and chipped Talia from the edge of the box. The ball was drifting into the far corner of the net before Danny Senda arrived in the nick of time to clear the ball from under his own crossbar.
Four minutes later Steve Brown found Tyson on the left wing who took the ball to the bye-line before slamming in a low cross that Marlon Beresford managed to grab at the second attempt. On 16 minutes saw McSporran's shot on the turn but failed to find the target.
Wanderers had to deal with a free-kick from the right on 17 minutes where Talia managed to push away former Wanderer Mark Stallard's shot from inside the box and then Stuart Nethercott shut out Craig Ireland's attempt to reach the loose ball. Wanderers defence continued to hold their ground with Roger Johnson clearing from inside his own six yard area on 32 minutes following a cross from the right by Anthony Kay.
The home side stepped up their pressure after the break. Nethercott fouled on the edge of the box on 55 minutes but Talia was on hand to push away Alex Neil's free kick at his right-hand post. Two minutes later the home fans were baying as a cross/shot from the left by Kevin Betsy crashed against the cross bar and down onto the line before being cleared. The claims for a goal were then dampened as the flag for offside was noticed.
As Barnsley began to push more for a winner then Wanderers were left with more room to ran at up front. Currie's sortie down the wing on 64 minutes almost exploited that room and a later run was only foiled by a marginal offside decision. Three Year Youth Scholar Mark Philo replaced McSporran in the 80th minute to make his Football League debut. The 19 year old becomes the 11th player to be given their Football League debut while in a Wycombe shirt this season. He had little time to make an impression but did well to flick on a header to Tyson in the dying moments but the Reading striker was blocked out again on a day when defensives were well on top.
Final Score - Barnsley 0 Wycombe 0
Barnsley Manager Gudjon Thordarson was disappointed his side didn't make then most of their chances, commenting to their official website "We decided to go 4-3-3 and attack today and it would have been nice to get an early goal. I thought that Nardiello’s chance would have given us that but it was not meant to be. Obviously Wycombe came here looking for a point and tried to hit us on the break."
Meanwhile Wanderers' Manager Tony Adams said on BBC 3 Counties Radio "We've got something to build on now. I thought today might have been the first away win but we are certainly getting there" Adams also thought Wycombe could have nicked a victory, adding "A bit more class and a bit decisiveness with the counteracting and we could have got all three points. Unfortunately we need to go on and win games like this but it's a great start."
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