That goal was immediately followed by a brief but heavy downpour, although the rain didn’t seem to dampen Barnsley’s enthusiasm as they again called Caballero into action from range, but the Argentine wasn’t troubled.
On the stroke of half-time, shortly after Barnsley had again forced a save from Caballero, the referee was given a big decision to make, when Abraham beat Collins to Barkley’s looping pass over the top and was floored by the goalkeeper just outside the box. As it was, Darren Bond decided a free-kick and a yellow card was punishment enough, and Mount’s shot from the set-piece was too high to trouble Collins.
Coming out firing
Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber shuffled his pack during the break, replacing former Fulham forward Woodrow with Luke Thomas. However, it didn’t have the desired effect as began the second half looking more comfortable in possession than ever before, and less than five minutes after the restart we had made it 3-0.
Again, the goal allowed plenty to Havertz and the pressure we were putting the Barnsley defenders under when they had the ball. This time it was Havertz who caught them in possession with a fine sliding tackle, allowing Barkley to pick up the loose ball and stride forward a few yards into the box before striking low past Collins.
By the time another five minutes had passed we had another, and events were starting to follow a common theme. Mount won the ball in advanced position wide on the left and his quick low cross was flicked on by Abraham into the path of Havertz, who again made things look simple as he applied the calm finish.