Philip Billing’s header from close range in the first half was enough to condemn Poya Asbaghi’s side to their fourth successive league defeat, leaving them eight points from safety and without a win in 11 matches.
Chants of ‘We want Conway out’ – a reference to Barnsley co-chairman Paul Conway – could be heard throughout the game from disgruntled Ponty End supporters.
There have also been calls for the club’s majority shareholders, Pacific Media Group – whose main investors are co-chairmen Conway and Chien Lee – to ‘get out of our club’, with some Bournemouth supporters even lending their voices to the protests of the second half. .
Several dozen fans gathered at the bottom of the South Stand in the second half to make their chants more audible to those in the directors’ box – and a small number of them then had to be restrained by stewards, who they brawled with after the final whistle.
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On the pitch, Barnsley produced seven efforts on goal but couldn’t find a breakthrough as Cherries keeper Mark Travers made several smart saves to deny Aaron Leya Iseka, Devante Cole, Callum Styles and debutant Aiden Marsh.
Bournemouth defender Gary Cahill was sent off late after being penalized twice for thwarting two Barnsley attacks with foul play.
With boss Asbaghi still missing from the touchline following a positive Covid-19 test earlier this week, the Reds were once again led by assistant coach Ferran Sibila.