A stunning goal from Newcastle loan striker Adam Armstrong on Saturday kept Barnsley neck and neck with his home club.
The 19 year old’s brilliant finish (watch it here) won Championship goal of the weekend and it was the strike that beat Preston, with manager (of Preston) Simon Grayson revealing that Newcastle had made clear they would only allow Armstrong to go to one of the three sides promoted from League One.
The idea of course being that United didn’t want their promising star going to a serious promotion rival.
It will be interesting to see where both Newcastle and Barnsley are when we get to January and what they then do with the striker who’s loan deal i sup then.
Newcastle may have gained all the attention with their superb 6-0 taking apart of QPR but Barnsley fans may well have felt justified in saying ‘what about us?’.
Adam Armstrong was the late match winner as a sub at the weekend but it played out differently last night at Wolves.
Plenty of shots on goal but Adam Armstrong and his teammate were out of luck, with the Geordie striker subbed after 70 minutes.
Three minutes later Barnsley took the lead at Molineux and then in the final seven minutes (plus stoppage time) they added three more with Armstrong watching from the bench), to make it a final scoreline of Wolves 0 Barnsley 4.
By coincidence Newcastle face Wolves on Saturday and if Newcastle can get anywhere close to the total of 29 shots (Barnsley had 26 last night) they had at Loftus Road, we have to expect a positive outcome.
As for Barnsley and Adam Armstrong, they have a very winnable looking game at home to Reading and currently stand third, behind Newcastle only on goal difference.
The Championship constantly throws up surprises season after season, let’s hope Barnsley and Adam Armstrong don’t supply one that ends up with a nasty sting in the tail for Newcastle United.