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Barnsley 3-1 Millwall

Barnsley celebrate
Barnsley will play in the Championship next season, having been relegated from the second tier in 2014

Barnsley sealed promotion to the Championship as two goals in the first 19 minutes set up their League One play-off final win over Millwall.

Ashley Fletcher slotted home after just 88 seconds, before Adam Hammill's 25-yard curling shot doubled the lead.

Both had scored for Barnsley in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final win over Oxford at Wembley eight weeks earlier.

Mark Beevers fired in Millwall's reply from close range but Lloyd Isgrove's header secured Barnsley's victory.

The Tykes were bottom of League One in December but a superb run of form under interim boss Paul Heckingbottom saw them finish sixth in the table, and their two-year exile from the Championship was ended by wins over Walsall and Millwall in the play-offs.

Lions pay for slow start

Chris Taylor
Millwall were unable to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt following relegation last season

Millwall were forced into a late change before kick-off when centre-back Byron Webster was injured in the warm-up, with Tony Craig taking his place.

A mix-up in the Lions defence from a long ball allowed Fletcher to take advantage, as the on-loan Manchester United forward held off Carlos Edwards and fired across Jordan Archer into the bottom corner.

The south London side lacked composure and cohesion in the opening 25 minutes, and Barnsley capitalised again when Hammill cut in from the left and bent an exquisite shot into the top corner without being challenged.

Beevers' close-range finish reduced the deficit but the second half was a scrappy affair with few clear-cut chances, and Millwall could not recover from their poor start.

Millwall had been looking to secure an immediate return to the second tier but boss Neil Harris, in his first full season in charge, will have to pick up his squad for another promotion bid next season, having finished fourth in the table.

Tykes show composure

Lloyd Isgrove
Lloyd Isgrove's header with 16 minutes remaining completed Barnsley's play-off final victory

Barnsley looked comfortable on their second visit of the season to the national stadium, having suffered just one defeat since mid-March to reach the play-offs.

With Millwall increasingly playing the ball long in the second period, it was the Yorkshire side who made the crucial breakthrough, as goalkeeper Archer failed to collect Conor Hourihane's corner and Isgrove headed into an empty net.

The Tykes looked more likely to score a fourth in the closing stages, although Chris Taylor forced Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies into a late save.

With 13 victories in 21 games, winning the club's first cup final since 1912 and now winning promotion to the Championship, Heckingbottom has made a strong case to take charge on a more permanent basis.

The 38-year-old - part of the Barnsley squad promoted from the third tier in 2006 - built on work done by Lee Johnson, who left Oakwell for Bristol City in February.

Man of the match: Adam Hammill (Barnsley)

Adam Hammill

Providing a constant threat for Barnsley on the left touchline, his goal - a sublime long-range effort into the top corner - put the Reds in the driving seat in the first half.

After a successful spell at Barnsley early in his career, Hammill returned to Oakwell in November with the club struggling towards the foot of League One.

His form has been a key reason for their improvement in the second half of the campaign, and having scored in their Football League Trophy final win in April, Hammill found the net at Wembley again to help his side to promotion.

Match reaction

Barnsley interim manager Paul Heckingbottom: "The message was always that we would start speaking after our last game of the season.

"Now we can sort everyone's future out. Everyone knows I want to stay. If I hadn't been on the bench I'd have been here watching.

"You can't imagine how proud I am of the players. They are Championship players now and they have earned it."

Millwall manager Neil Harris: "I'm disappointed with the scoreline. We came full of hope and expectation but we didn't perform for 90 minutes.

"We had spells where we looked good but over the course of 90 minutes we gave two poor goals away and the second goal was a great strike. Barnsley deserved to win the game."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 7Scowen
  • 4RobertsBooked at 63mins
  • 26Mawson
  • 22WilliamsBooked at 28mins
  • 34IsgroveSubstituted forWatkinsat 85'minutes
  • 11Brownhill
  • 8Hourihane
  • 20Hammill
  • 9Winnall
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forToneyat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Nyatanga
  • 12McCourt
  • 13Townsend
  • 15Watkins
  • 24Toney
  • 32Chapman
  • 35White

Millwall

  • 13Archer
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 5Craig
  • 16Beevers
  • 3MartinSubstituted forO'Brienat 43'minutes
  • 19Taylor
  • 24ThompsonSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 76'minutes
  • 26Abdou
  • 18Ferguson
  • 9Gregory
  • 20Morison

Substitutes

  • 1Forde
  • 6Williams
  • 8Upson
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 15Nelson
  • 22O'Brien
  • 28Philpot
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
51,277

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Williams tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marley Watkins with a cross.

Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden O'Brien.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Marley Watkins replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

Attempt missed. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Carlos Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ivan Toney replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lee Gregory.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Ben Thompson.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 3, Millwall 1. Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Carlos Edwards.

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.

Josh Brownhill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Attempt saved. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nadjim Abdou.

Attempt missed. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

Offside, Millwall. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Booking

Marc Roberts (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Isgrove.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Carlos Edwards.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Isgrove with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 29th May 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan462415782453787
2Burton4625101157372085
3Walsall4624121071492284
4Millwall462491373492481
5Bradford4623111255401580
6Barnsley462281670541674
7Scunthorpe4621111460471374
8Coventry4619121567491869
9Gillingham4619121571561569
10Rochdale461912156861769
11Sheff Utd461812166459566
12Port Vale461811175658-265
13Peterborough46196218273963
14Bury461612185673-1760
15Southend461611195864-659
16Swindon461611196471-759
17Oldham461218164458-1454
18Chesterfield46158235870-1253
19Fleetwood461215195256-451
20Shrewsbury461311225879-2150
21Doncaster461113224864-1646
22Blackpool461210244063-2346
23Colchester46913245799-4240
24Crewe46713264683-3734
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