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Burnley1Barnsley0

Burnley 1-0 Barnsley

Michael Kightly celebrates

Michael Kightly struck his first goal of the season as Burnley beat Barnsley to take top spot in the Championship.

The former Wolves striker struck from inside the area in the second half, ensuring Barnsley stay bottom.

Burnley's Sam Vokes had an effort saved and fired over early on, before Paddy McCourt shot over for the visitors.

Barnsley, who still have Micky Mellon in caretaker charge, almost snatched a point but Tomasz Cywka's free-kick late on was saved by Tom Heaton.

Burnley went into the game in third spot, despite being without a win in five matches.

Four draws in that period had seen their promotion push temporarily stutter, but Sean Dyche was able to recall top scorer Danny Ings from injury.

After winning at Brighton in midweek, just days after the sacking of David Flitcroft, Barnsley travelled west with fresh optimism, but they were soon under pressure.

Barnsley caretaker manager Micky Mellon

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Post-match: Barnsley caretaker Mellon

Vokes latched onto skipper Jason Shackell's long ball to draw a save from Jack Butland, before going close again seconds later when his volley narrowly cleared the crossbar.

But the visitors grew into the game and went close in the 20th minute when striker Marcus Tudgay played a perfectly weighted through-ball to Cywka, who was denied by the legs of Heaton.

Ings fired acrobatically over early in the second period as the home side built up a sustained period of pressure which proved telling.

Former Barnsley loanee Kieran Trippier played a neat pass to the recalled Kightly, who drove confidently past Butland into the roof of the net from 16 yards. It was Kightly's first goal since scoring for Stoke in their Premier League defeat by Aston Villa in April.

Cywka cracked a free-kick from 35 yards late on which appeared destined for the top corner, only for Heaton to produce a smart fingertip save to ensure Burnley moved top, level on points with Queens Park Rangers and a point clear of Leicester City.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"I've read this week that we've been going through a mini-slump. Well, we've dropped from the top to third place, and then back to the top, I hardly see that as a crisis.

"It was a marvellous moment of quality that won the game for us. It was a fantastic goal from Michael.

"On our day we can match anyone in this division. We just needed to work out a way to win the second half, and we got there in the end."

Barnsley caretaker manager Micky Mellon:

"I've not been told anything by the board. I don't know whether I'll still be here tomorrow, never mind being in change for the Yeovil game next weekend.

"It's been a difficult period, but the players have shown that they are up for the fight and we had a right good go."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 14Jones
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 37Arfield
  • 22StockSubstituted forEdgarat 76'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 10Ings
  • 19KightlySubstituted forStanislasat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 28Long
  • 33Hewitt
  • 35Noble

Barnsley

  • 12Butland
  • 14Wiseman
  • 4Kennedy
  • 11Perkins
  • 6Cranie
  • 3Ramage
  • 21Mellis
  • 23EtuhuSubstituted forScotlandat 69'minutes
  • 50TudgayBooked at 55mins
  • 19CywkaSubstituted forO'Brienat 76'minutes
  • 42McCourtSubstituted forPedersenat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 7O'Brien
  • 8Dawson
  • 9Scotland
  • 20Pedersen
  • 22Mvoto
  • 34Fox
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
11,462

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home16
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Barnsley 0.

Booking

Junior Stanislas (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Attempt blocked. Jason Scotland (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Edgar (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Michael Kightly.

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Peter Ramage.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

Attempt blocked. Jason Scotland (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Marcus Pedersen replaces Patrick McCourt.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jim O'Brien replaces Tomasz Cywka.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. David Edgar replaces Brian Stock.

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) header from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Perkins with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

Attempt saved. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

Offside, Burnley. Scott Arfield tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Foul by Jason Scotland (Barnsley).

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Kelvin Etuhu.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 1, Barnsley 0. Michael Kightly (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1911621739
2QPR1911621239
3Leicester1912251038
4Derby1910451434
5Nottm Forest19874731
6Reading19874631
7Blackpool19874231
8Leeds19937630
9Ipswich19856629
10Brighton19775628
11Huddersfield19757226
12Watford19676325
13Blackburn19667024
14Wigan18648-122
15Bolton19577-322
16Bournemouth19649-1222
17Millwall19568-1421
18Middlesbrough19487020
19Birmingham19559-220
20Doncaster19559-1420
21Charlton19469-718
22Yeovil194411-1016
23Sheff Wed18288-914
24Barnsley193511-1914
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