Charlton fans were left sickened by heavy handed Barnsley stewards with one supporter allegedly said to have been ‘grabbed by the throat’.
It got heated in the away end at Oakwell with criticism aimed at the stewards and security for some heated scenes during the second half.
@jbennett1997 wrote: “Disgraceful stewarding @BarnsleyFC today, people doing nothing wrong and getting accused of taking beers up in the stand with no evidence trying to be forcibly removed, hope the stewards involved are reported #CAFC”
When @SnippLucy said “Lots of witnesses of fan being grabbed by the throat and pulled…”, @jbennett1997 replied “He was, his son was accused of taking up the alcohol when he didn’t then the dad tried to stand in the way of the steward to stop him being kicked out.”
— Luke Whiting (@_Luke_Whiting) September 24, 2022
The game itself saw goals by Josh Benson, James Norwood and Devante Cole to give Barnsley victory against Charlton Athletic.
Jack Payne scored five minutes from time but it was little consolation for the away side.
It came after Benson had opened the scoring 10 minutes in with a strike from 35 yards, leaving Craig MacGillivray with no chance as the shot went straight into the top-left corner.
Ben Garner’s side had a good spell and chances to draw level in the 24th minute when Corey Blackett-Taylor was handed possession, but the 25-year-old sent his effort wide.
The hosts doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Cole crossed low to strike partner Norwood, who provided a backheel to finish from inside the six-yard box.
Michael Duff’s side got a third goal in the 76th minute when Jordan Williams found himself in behind the Charlton backline, playing a ball across the box to Cole who calmly slotted home.
The visitors netted in the 85th minute through Payne who finished from inside the box.
Ben Garner bemoaned missed chances and defensive errors, taking responsibility after the Addicks’ League One defeat.
Charlton created plenty of opportunities, particularly in the first half, but weren’t ruthless in front of goal unlike their opponents, who capitalised on defensive mistakes to secure three points.
Speaking to CharltonTV, Garner said: “It was not good enough really. Between the two boxes we are but at both ends of the pitch it wasn’t good enough. We didn’t defend with enough intensity. The first goal was a wonder goal but to give the goals away, that we did in the second half, was disappointing.
“To create the amount of positions we got into, the opportunities we had, we had to score more goals. Football is played in the two boxes. Between the two boxes we are good but we have to be better at both ends of the pitch. That’s my responsibility, I’m not putting that on anyone else. It is my responsibility to improve it.
“I thought the first half was a good performance, we just didn’t take our chances. We had better chances than them in the first half, by a clear way and they hit a worldie in. In the second half, I just think it was moments. I didn’t think they were on the top or we were under pressure, I just don’t think we’ve defended well in certain situations and that has cost us two very poor goals and the game is gone.”
Garner told CharltonTV presenter, Scott Minto, that Jes Rak-Sakyi was substituted as he was struggling after rolling his ankle and explained the Addicks switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half but despite working the ball into good positions were unable to make those positions count, Jack Payne’s goal apart.
He added: “We get one back and to be fair to the lads, they kept pushing but you can’t give away goals like that and we have to be more clinical. It is a bit of a same old story at the moment and I’m not blaming anyone else other than myself.”
— Tom Hardie (@TGHardie) September 24, 2022
Speaking after Barnsley’s 3-0 win against Cambridge United last Saturday, the 44-year old thought his side weren’t at their best despite victory. According to Duff, it was a similar picture against the Addicks.
“I didn’t think we were brilliant today,” opened the gaffer. “We knew we might have to suffer at times without the ball.
“I don’t really remember Jack [Walton] having many saves to make. I thought we were really clinical as well.”
Despite going into half time with the advantage, Duff was not content with how his side were performing in the opening 45. The visitors looked threatening in the wide areas, but the Reds dug in during that first half.
A tactical tweak at half-time, the boss felt, allowed the Reds to apply more pressure to Charlton, a side who like to play expansive football.
“We want to press high up the pitch,” he discussed. “The front three has changed – normally we’d press with the wing-backs and the front three. Two or three of them have changed today. We couldn’t quite work it out; they were playing through us too much, basically.
“So we shortened the distance between the centre forwards and the centre halves, denied space for them to play in and that helped.”
Duff praised his performance out there on Saturday, after his return to the side following a short spell out with injury.
“When he got the ball, the crowd were shouting ‘shoot’ – I thought it was a bit too far out.
“But, as soon as it left his foot I don’t think it was going anywhere else other than the top left corner. Brilliant goal, brilliant piece of individuality. Then there’s the other bits, the together bits, the nitty gritty bits which allow you a moment of magic to go and win the game.”
Saturday’s victory makes it five unbeaten in the league for the Reds and marks back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
This was a topic of conversation prior to the game on Saturday, providing the team with extra incentive to go out and claim a successful result.
“Something we talked about before the game was that we haven’t gone back-to-back,” he said.
“I’d have liked another clean sheet. I thought the back five – all seven of them that got on the pitch a deserved a clean sheet, as well as Jack. I thought they were excellent throughout.
“But all today is, is three points. I’ve said to the players not to take it for granted. Don’t take liberties that we’ve won a game so the next one will be easy.
“It’s park it up, and try and win the next half of football.”
This is what social media said with Charlton fans sickened by heavy handed Barnsley stewards with one supporter ‘grabbed by throat’…
@sykesy1983: @SLOBarnsleyFC we are the 1st to moan on an away day if we are victim to steward’s on a power trip cos they have an high-vis vest on.. might me worth investigating what happened here.
@danbashamCAFC: This was a disgrace. Glad the fans stuck up for the lad. Bullies.
@JH14342562: Remember the stewards being heavy handed a few years back at Oakwell too..
@rhysosbourn3: am a barnsley fan and we have got some really bad stewards, hope the lads alright.
@joshualuke: Fans doing nothing wrong sometimes these stewards think they are the police no need for them to get involved let fans enjoy themselves
@simmo261: Probs @DoyleSecurity85 they’re just a bunch of nonces in suits
@amcbfc: Our stewards are a set of twats pal weve had numerous issues with them over the last few seasons
@cafcallum: That fat steward who tried grabbing the old man needs to be sorted out. Seriously out of order
@killicko_: barnsley stewards 🤣
@Fey12J: #cafc All the way to Barnsley and the best part was the shit stewards
@CadWMC: Clocked this from the East stand at the time, ott stewarding has already killed the atmosphere in oakwell as it is.
@CAFCChappers: When they all stood in a line along the front, just wound the fans up and then they all moved 😂