Barnsley mercilessly troll Midlands giants after Aston Villa triumph; fans react

Barnsley’s manager Paul Heckingbottom blows a kiss before the match

Tuesday's 3-1 win at Aston Villa made it a hat-trick of wins for Barnsley against the Championship's West Midlands giants.

Barnsley’s manager Paul Heckingbottom blows a kiss before the match

The way Barnsley have over performed this season, they can allow themselves a brief chuckle on Twitter at the struggles of three of the league’s biggest teams.

Wolverhampton Wanderers remain just a few places above the bottom three despite their new Chinese owners publically announcing plans for Premier League football at Molineux. Birmingham City, meanwhile, continue to prove that a classy continental coach far from guarantees success.

Furthermore, Aston Villa splurged around £70 million in the summer to rejuvenate an ailing squad and buy their way back into the big time.

However, their 3-1 home defeat to this perennially ‘plucky’ Barnsley leaves them mired in 16th; seven places and 13 points adrift of Paul Heckingbottom’s high-flyers.

Overall, The Tykes have travelled to each of these Midlands giants this season and emerged victorious on every occasion. Oh, did we mention the combined scoreline of 10-1.

Barnsley’s Tom Bradshaw (R) celebrates after scoring their third goal

If any club is allowed to big up their own achievements, it’s Barnsley.

After all, they were only promoted to the Championship in May and have survived the exits of their best defender, Alfie Mawson, captain, Conor Hourihane, top scorer, Sam Winnall, and top prospect, James Bree, either at the beginning or during the season. In mid-February, their chances of qualifying for the play-offs are far more than a pipe dream.

Who can blame them for enjoying the moment?

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