Sheffield Wednesday edged closer to moving out of the Championship relegation zone as they ended a run of seven successive defeats by beating fellow strugglers Barnsley.

Chris O'Grady smashed the ball into the net from close range 10 minutes before the break after the hosts failed to deal with a high ball into the box.

Barnsley dominated after the break, but could not find an equaliser.

Wednesday are 23rd in the table, level on 18 points with Barnsley.

Both sides went into the game looking to arrest an alarming run of form of one win between them in their previous seven matches.

The home side settled into the Yorkshire derby quickest and were first to threaten in the 10th minute when Stephen Dawson's long-range effort was saved smartly by Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland.

Gary Madine headed wide for the visitors soon after, before Miguel Llera stuck a leg out to deflect a Craig Davies shot wide at the other end.

The deadlock was broken when Lewis Buxton floated the ball into the box and, as Barnsley keeper Luke Steele got caught between two Wednesday players, O'Grady swept into the empty net.

Llera cleared a free-kick off the line soon after the break as Barnsley looked to respond, and the home side dominated the remainder of the second half.

Marlon Harewood's powerful close-range shot was superbly cleared before David Prutton headed an effort off the line as Wednesday survived to take the three points.

Barnsley manager Keith Hill said:

"The referee gets it wrong and the ramifications of him getting that decision wrong could be catastrophic, the result has been decided by that decision.

"In the second half, we had more than enough opportunities to get something out of the game.

"I just thought it was a difficult match for the referee. He will be disappointed with his performance when he comes to digest it.

"Unfortunately I don't have a second job to go to on Monday and I have to deal with it."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones said:

"It was ugly but well earned. We had Lady Luck on our side for a change, but we deserved it because we battled hard.

"Gary [Madine] has admitted he has barged the goalkeeper, we have not had that luck but today it was our time.

"We got the break today, last week we battered Bristol City and didn't get the break.

"But I thought the referee had an absolute shocker to be fair. Everything after that went against us and he struggled to keep control."

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Barnsley 0-1 Sheffield Wed FT
(HT 0-1)
    • O'Grady 35

    Barnsley

    • 01 Steele
    • 03 Golbourne
    • 06 Foster yellow card
    • 25 Cranie
    • 34 Stones
    • 07 Dawson
    • 19 Cywka (O'Brien 61)
    • 28 Greening (Harewood 66)
    • 36 Buzsaky (Perkins 47)
    • 09 Davies yellow card
    • 29 Tudgay

    Substitutes

    • 12 Alnwick,
    • 02 Hassell,
    • 14 Wiseman,
    • 08 O'Brien,
    • 10 Done,
    • 11 Perkins,
    • 16 Harewood

    Sheffield Wed

    • 01 Kirkland
    • 02 Buxton
    • 04 Gardner
    • 32 Llera yellow card
    • 07 Antonio
    • 08 Lines yellow card (Sidibe 90)
    • 11 J Johnson (Mayor 57)
    • 24 Helan
    • 25 Prutton yellow card
    • 09 Madine (McCabe 67)
    • 12 O'Grady

    Substitutes

    • 43 Bywater,
    • 05 Taylor,
    • 14 Mattock,
    • 16 McCabe,
    • 18 Mayor,
    • 10 Maguire,
    • 22 Sidibe
    Ref: AttwellAtt: 12,484
    BARNSLEY
    SHEFFIELD WED

    Possession

    • Barnsley 46%
    • Sheffield Wed 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Barnsley 13
    • Sheffield Wed 6

    Attempts off target

    • Barnsley 7
    • Sheffield Wed 1

    Corners

    • Barnsley 8
    • Sheffield Wed 1

    Fouls

    • Barnsley 11
    • Sheffield Wed 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+6:15 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+5:49 Michail Antonio is ruled offside. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+4:00 Booking Miguel Llera goes into the book.
    • 90:00+4:00 Booking The referee shows Craig Davies a yellow card.
    • 90:00+1:38 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jim O'Brien, clearance made by Miguel Llera.
    • 90:00+0:50 Jeremy Helan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien. Centre by Jim O'Brien, Craig Davies takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
    • 89:53 Close range shot by Marlon Harewood clears the bar.
    • 89:37 Shot from 20 yards by Craig Davies. Miguel Llera gets a block in.
    • 89:10 Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Mamady Sidibe coming on for Chris Lines.
    • 88:33 Shot from 25 yards from Craig Davies. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 87:51 Craig Davies decides to take a short corner. The ball is crossed by Jim O'Brien, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
    • 84:49 Jim O'Brien concedes a free kick for a foul on Michail Antonio. Chris Lines takes the free kick.
    • 84:00 Jeremy Helan concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Davies. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jim O'Brien, Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:46 Foul by Michail Antonio on Martin Cranie, free kick awarded. Martin Cranie restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:23 Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jim O'Brien, Marcus Tudgay takes a shot. Lewis Buxton manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:15 The ball is sent over by Martin Cranie, Marcus Tudgay takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland.
    • 80:53 Corner from right by-line taken by Jim O'Brien.
    • 80:25 Centre by Marcus Tudgay.
    • 79:03 Effort from inside the area by Marlon Harewood misses to the right of the target.
    • 78:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris O'Grady on Martin Cranie. David Perkins takes the free kick.
    • 77:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Michail Antonio. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:36 The ball is sent over by John Stones.
    • 74:17 Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a comfortable save.
    • 73:32 Chris O'Grady crosses the ball, save by Luke Steele.
    • 72:52 Centre by Jim O'Brien, Chris Kirkland makes a brilliant save.
    • 72:28 Michail Antonio produces a cross.
    • 71:52 Scott Golbourne delivers the ball, save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 70:51 Direct free kick taken by Martin Cranie.
    • 70:51 Booking David Prutton receives a yellow card.
    • 70:47 Unfair challenge on Stephen Dawson by David Prutton results in a free kick.
    • 70:12 Long distance shot from David Perkins misses to the left of the target.
    • 69:32 John Stones delivers the ball, blocked by Anthony Gardner. Corner taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien to the near post, clearance made by Chris Lines.
    • 68:16 Unfair challenge on Stephen Dawson by Rhys McCabe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Perkins.
    • 65:37 Craig Davies produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 65:37 Substitution Rhys McCabe comes on in place of Gary Madine.
    • 65:37 Substitution Marlon Harewood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Greening.
    • 65:37 David Perkins fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 64:36 Jeremy Helan fouled by Jim O'Brien, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 64:11 Free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
    • 64:11 Booking Chris Lines is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 64:02 Jim O'Brien fouled by Chris Lines, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 63:36 The ball is crossed by Scott Golbourne, Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 61:57 The ball is swung over by John Stones, blocked by Jeremy Helan.
    • 61:21 Jonathan Greening sends in a cross, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
    • 60:33 Substitution Tomasz Cywka leaves the field to be replaced by Jim O'Brien.
    • 56:37 Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
    • 56:37 Substitution Danny Mayor replaces Jermaine Johnson.
    • 56:37 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Greening by Jeremy Helan results in a free kick.
    • 55:21 Chris O'Grady gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Foster. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.
    • 54:44 Chris O'Grady crosses the ball, Gary Madine takes a shot. Comfortable save by Luke Steele.
    • 54:12 Tomasz Cywka produces a cross, Marcus Tudgay takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 53:10 Chris Lines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. Direct free kick taken by David Perkins.
    • 50:08 Jeremy Helan challenges Tomasz Cywka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Davies, blocked by Chris Kirkland.
    • 48:43 Effort from just outside the area by Craig Davies goes over the bar. Anthony Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Tudgay. John Stones takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:49 Substitution Akos Buzsaky leaves the field to be replaced by David Perkins.
    • 45:25 Michail Antonio has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Luke Steele makes a save.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:11 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 44:10 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Akos Buzsaky, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris O'Grady by Stephen Foster. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 43:28 Shot from 20 yards by Chris Lines. Luke Steele makes a comfortable save.
    • 42:29 Jermaine Johnson has an effort at goal. Blocked by Stephen Foster.
    • 41:08 Miguel Llera challenges Marcus Tudgay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
    • 40:22 The referee blows for offside. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 36:15 Scott Golbourne sends in a cross, Marcus Tudgay produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 34:49 GOAL - Chris O'GradyBarnsley 0 - 1 Sheffield Wed Chris O'Grady fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnsley 0-1 Sheff Wed.
    • 34:44 The ball is swung over by Lewis Buxton, save by Luke Steele.
    • 34:13 Unfair challenge on David Prutton by Tomasz Cywka results in a free kick. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:22 Scott Golbourne crosses the ball, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:14 Craig Davies has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by Miguel Llera. Foul by Jermaine Johnson on Scott Golbourne, free kick awarded. Akos Buzsaky crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 30:26 Shot from just outside the area by Tomasz Cywka misses to the right of the target.
    • 29:40 The ball is sent over by Stephen Dawson, Chris Kirkland makes a comfortable save.
    • 29:09 The ball is delivered by Stephen Dawson, clearance made by Miguel Llera.
    • 27:33 Tomasz Cywka challenges Jermaine Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:47 Michail Antonio crosses the ball.
    • 23:00 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky.
    • 20:40 Michail Antonio crosses the ball, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:49 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky played to the near post, Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:35 Craig Davies has an effort at goal. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
    • 16:24 Anthony Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Foster. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
    • 15:36 Martin Cranie challenges Chris O'Grady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Lines delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Jonathan Greening.
    • 14:05 Booking Stephen Foster receives a yellow card.
    • 11:58 Unfair challenge on Lewis Buxton by Tomasz Cywka results in a free kick. The ball is delivered by Chris Lines, Header by Gary Madine from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 11:01 Tomasz Cywka challenges Lewis Buxton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 10:15 Lewis Buxton fouled by Tomasz Cywka, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:56 Shot from 30 yards by Stephen Dawson. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 7:47 Shot from outside the box by Craig Davies goes wide right of the target.
    • 7:04 Centre by Stephen Dawson, save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 4:22 Foul by Marcus Tudgay on Miguel Llera, free kick awarded. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 3:58 The referee penalises Jermaine Johnson for handball. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.
    • 3:34 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Lines played to the near post, Tomasz Cywka manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:16 Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
    • 2:26 Jonathan Greening challenges Gary Madine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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