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Rotherham United 0-1 Barnsley

On-loan Adam Armstrong slots Barnsley's winner past Rotherham keeper Richard O'Donnell
On-loan Adam Armstrong has yet to score for his parent club Newcastle, but he has now amassed 24 goals on loan first at Coventry and now this season at Barnsley

Adam Armstrong hit the game's only goal to lift Barnsley within a point of the Championship play-off zone by winning the South Yorkshire derby at Rotherham.

The on-loan Newcastle striker pounced on 70 minutes, firing his left-foot shot into the bottom right corner after being put clear by Ryan Kent.

Barnsley lost full-back James Bree and captain Conor Hourihane to Championship rivals Aston Villa in midweek.

But they made light of that with a third win in four league games.

After coming from behind to beat Leeds, a second Yorkshire derby victory in seven days lifts the Tykes to seventh, while Rotherham's 20th defeat in 28 Championship games this season keeps them bottom, 11 points adrift of safety.

Danny Ward, sought after by a host of Championship clubs, could have put the Millers ahead in the first half after a quick break, but his controlled volley was superbly blocked by Angus MacDonald - and the hosts also hit the woodwork when Joe Mattock's 30-yard shot clipped the outside of the post.

But, as the first half wore on, Barnsley began to take control, going close through former Millers man Aidy White, Tom Bradshaw and Armstrong, who grazed the top of the bar.

Barnsley finally made them pay when, after giving a warning when he flashed one effort wide, Armstrong was successful with a cool finish from eight yards after Kent's defence-splitting pass.

Barnsley, who gave a debut to midfielder Matty James following his arrival on loan from Leicester City, had a chance to double their lead but Marley Watkins, who this week handed in a transfer request, saw a fierce effort tipped over by home goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

Rotherham United interim manager Paul Warne:

"It was a tight game. The lads went toe-to-toe with them but we need to score when we are on top.

"The game is decided by the smallest of margins. After 60 minutes, it had 0-0 written all over it. Obviously that wasn't the case.

"I don't think we played our best football and I don't think Barnsley did either. The game could have gone either way.

"I really like Barnsley. They have got pace throughout the team. Unfortunately we didn't create a chance as clear cut as theirs."

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom:

"I'm pleased to come out with the three points. It was exactly like a derby. Not a huge amount of quality but a lot of endeavour, full-blooded and really competitive.

"Rotherham tried to make it difficult for us and we had to really match what they threw at us.

"There were two moments of quality from us and they mattered. One was Kent playing the ball through the full-back for Armstrong and the second was him tucking it away, which was a fantastic finish.

"As the match wore on, we got more and more on top, then finished the game the stronger."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 18O'Donnell
  • 17FisherSubstituted forAllanat 77'minutes
  • 6Wood
  • 26BelaidSubstituted forKellyat 25'minutes
  • 3MattockBooked at 16mins
  • 7FordeSubstituted forBrayat 86'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 33Smallwood
  • 11Taylor
  • 39Yates
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 2Kelly
  • 20Blackstock
  • 21Allan
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 27Bray
  • 40Warren
  • 45Bilboe

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 29Jones
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 3WhiteSubstituted forEvansat 60'minutes
  • 15Watkins
  • 36James
  • 6Scowen
  • 40KentBooked at 25minsSubstituted forHammillat 87'minutes
  • 32ArmstrongSubstituted forR Williamsat 81'minutes
  • 20Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 7Hammill
  • 10Moncur
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Evans
  • 18Jackson
  • 23Payne
  • 28R Williams
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
11,050

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Barnsley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Barnsley 1.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Hammill replaces Ryan Kent.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Alex Bray replaces Anthony Forde.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Callum Evans.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

Marley Watkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Marley Watkins (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Williams replaces Adam Armstrong.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marley Watkins.

Offside, Barnsley. Josh Scowen tries a through ball, but Tom Bradshaw is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Scott Allan replaces Darnell Fisher because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Offside, Rotherham United. Joe Mattock tries a through ball, but Richard Wood is caught offside.

Foul by Gethin Jones (Barnsley).

Jerry Yates (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 0, Barnsley 1. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Kent with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Jerry Yates (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Richard Wood (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Foul by Gethin Jones (Barnsley).

Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Taylor.

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Kent.

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Ward.

goal

As It Stood

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3Reading2816484137452
4Leeds28163939271251
5Huddersfield2715483230249
6Sheff Wed2713683126545
7Barnsley28135104741644
8Norwich28134114740743
9Derby2712782721643
10Preston2811893835341
11Fulham271010744321240
12Birmingham2891093138-737
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15Brentford2796123435-133
16Cardiff2896133243-1133
17QPR2896132739-1233
18Wolves2788113437-332
19Nottm Forest2886143847-930
20Burton2877142838-1028
21Bristol City2783163539-427
22Wigan2767142432-825
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2844202761-3416
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