Date: 11th February 2015 at 4:04pm
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Barnsley were abysmal last night as they whimpered to a 2 – 1 home defeat to Fleetwood.

It has been painful for reds fans for most of the season but last night was as bad as it gets and the blame lies solely at the door of manager Danny Wilson.

Barnsley started well and raced in to a 1 – 0 lead early on when Peter Ramage tapped in after the Fleetwood keeper failed to hold on to a Hourihane free kick.

At this point it looked as though the reds would go on to record a comfortable home win as Fleetwood looked a poor team.

Unfortunately for us long suffering Barnsley fans this was not the case and the main reason for this was the tactics employed by manager Danny Wilson.

Wilson began the game in a traditional 4-4-2 system but soon changed to a diamond midfield which left the team exposed out wide and devoid of ideas going forward.

The system just didn`t work at all and Wilson either couldn`t see it or was too stubborn to change it.

It is a system we have played a lot this season and to my recollection it only worked for two games.

The main reason for Wilson`s use of this system is the lack of wingers at the club and to find a place for Hourihane in the team. He is not suited to playing out wide and certainly can`t play as just a two in the middle of midfield.

Wilson however has tried to find a place for him in the team even though he is woefully out of form. And despite all of his goals and assists I think we would have more points on the board now if he had spent more time on the bench and we had played a system that suits the team rather than one individual.

Last night it was imperative to play with width particularly with having two central defenders playing in the full back positions.

The diamond can be a good system if you have the likes of Baines and Coleman bombing down the flanks but when you are playing very defensive minded full backs it is a big no.

I felt sorry for Cranie and Nyatanga in the first half yesterday. Particularly Cranie who was trying to be positive but more often than not he had no options what so ever.

Smith looked to get forward when he came on and did a lot better than Nyatanga had with him being a natural attacking full back. However he too was left isolated and struggled at times.

Eventually Wilson did go back to a 4-4-2 with the introduction of Jennings but this was too little too late as the game was already lost.

The diamond could ultimately cost Wilson his job so he needs to go back to basics. Either play 4-4-2 and drop Hourihane or play a 4-5-1 with Hourihane in support of a lone striker.

Another alternative would be to play 3-5-2. At the moment we are playing four centre backs in the back four and we also have a lack of wingers and plenty of central midfielders.

To me it would make sense to give this formation a try particularly if he wants to select Hourihane. Holgate and Smith could play the wing back roles with a back three of Cranie, Ramage and Nyatanga. Pearson and Scowen would be the more defensive midfielders with Hourihane supporting two strikers.

I do however think Hourihane needs a few games on the bench but was disappointed with the crowd cheering his substitution last night. That is just what the lad needs. We seem to have some idiot fans who like to try and drive players out of the club.

Ditch the diamond Danny otherwise the board could ditch you. The fans are now becoming restless and won`t accept such performances for much longer.