Date: 22nd October 2014 at 4:05pm
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The Super Reds somehow contrived to throw away a two-goal lead as in-form Notts County punished Barnsley with a stunning comeback.

Things couldn`t have looked better for Danny Wilson`s men after just 12 minutes as the Reds had already fired themselves into a commanding two-goal lead, but gradually the Magpies clawed their way back into the game, with front-man Mike Petrasso bagging two crucial second-half strikes.

This may well turn out to be a confidence-sapping defeat for the Reds, and next in town are runaway leaders Bristol City on Saturday.

Last night`s Reds team news was quite straight-forward.

James Bailey was suspended for one match after picking up two yellow cards in the weekend defeat at Peterborough, so up stepped youngster Paul Digby and he slotted into the midfield.

County boss Shaun Derry also made one change following Saturday`s 5-3 win against Crawley, with loanee front-man Petrasso getting the nod instead of Shaun Harrad, who dropped to the bench.

The Reds got themselves off to a dream start when they surged into the lead after just eight minutes.

Conor Hourihane – so often the orchestrator already this term – played a sumptuous inside pass to Devante Cole, and the Manchester City loan man was left with an easy task of stabbing a shot past Roy Carroll to register his fifth goal of an increasingly impressive campaign.

Incredibly the Reds lead was doubled just four minutes later, and this time the roles were reversed.

Cole broke down the right and played in Hourihane, who had simple task of scoring the reds second.

The game was only in the 20th minute when the third goal went in as Garry Thompson lashed home Hollis`s through-ball from 20 yards, so at 2-1 it was suddenly ‘game on` again.

County threatened a further response as Petrasso looked dangerous, but it was the woodwork that came to the visitors` rescue shortly before the break.

Fulham loanee Ryan Williams struck a shot against the base of a post, and as the ball rebounded out kindly to Cole, his follow-up effort was bravely blocked by Mustapha Dumbuya.

Barnsley continued with their attacking intent into the second period, and ought to have made it 3-1 in the 50th minute.

Sam Winnall raced clear as he met Williams` measured through-ball, only for him to fire straight into the legs of the advancing Carroll.
Hourihane tried his luck next, firing in a trademark long-distance effort which went wide of the post.

However, it was Notts County who were to strike next as they evened it up with a straightforward strike just past the hour mark.
Thompson flung over a cross from the right, and one of the smallest players on the pitch – Petrasso – headed home comfortably past Ross Turnbull.

Petrasso then repeated his scoring antics when he fired in from close range to condemn dejected Barnsley to another costly home defeat.

Barnsley fans were in disbelief as their team had thrown the game away from such a comfortable position.

The reds had started the game superbly, making high flying Notts County look very poor in the process.

They played some sublime football in the first period, particularly in the first 20 minutes. Some of the best I have seen at Oakwell for quite a while. It seemed a distinct possibility that Barnsley could put five or six past their visitors.

Perhaps the problem was that the goals game too early as Barnsley proceeded to take their foot off the gas at 2 – 0 and never fully got going again. The reds should have gone for the kill and looked to go in at half time three or four goals to the good which was certainly achievable with the way they were playing.

I didn`t have a problem with the backwards passes to keep possession but the fact that we either passed it across the back too much or began to just hoof it instead of having the midfield coming short for the ball as they had initially.

The tempo that we played at to reach our two goal advantage should have been maintained until at least half time and I`m sure we would now be sitting here three points better off.

Credit must go to County manager Derry for changing his system and sending his lads out to attack in the second half but we only have ourselves to blame for losing this one.

The reds midfield played some great stuff in the first 20 minutes but when they haven`t got the ball they are pretty useless. A tough tackling energetic midfield player is a must.

Up front, Cole looked a threat throughout. Not everything he does comes off but he is always a threat. I`m still not sure about Winnall. I know a lot of reds fans have taken to him straight away but for me, he has as many bad games as good games.

As for the defence, Wilson needs to go out and sign a right back and quickly. I like Bree but he has only just turned 17. He has played well since coming in to the team but wasn`t up to his usual high standards last night. That will happen with a lad of his age, it happens at any age.

Brown is just awful at right back. He was at fault for the third goal. I don`t want to see him play there again. We can`t just rely on Bree, we need to get another one in.

As for left back, Nyatanga was poor but he is most definitely a centre back. It`s time to bring Dudgeon back in at left back. He had a shocker the game before he was dropped but prior to that I thought he had played pretty well and he is a left back after all.

Next up is Bristol City who are already looking certainties for promotion to the Championship.

Who do you think Wilson should select for this one? Is Wilson in trouble if we don`t win?