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Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Barnsley

Marc Roberts
Marc Roberts headed Barnsley in front after only three minutes at Ewood Park

Two goals in the first 10 minutes gave Barnsley a victory at Blackburn which put Rovers in deeper relegation trouble in the Championship.

Wins for Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, and Burton's draw with Aston Villa, left Blackburn four points from safety with five games remaining.

Captain Marc Roberts headed Barnsley in front from Ryan Kent's corner after just three minutes at Ewood Park.

Marley Watkins fired a superb second in off the crossbar from 25 yards.

Having made a bright start under Tony Mowbray following his appointment in February, Rovers have not won in seven games and results elsewhere have pushed them closer to the drop.

Blackburn have not been in the third tier since 1979-80.

Connor Mahoney offered the main threat in reply after Barnsley's fast start, and his delivery from a corner created the home side's best chance as Derrick Williams' header was cleared off the line by George Moncur.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray: "It's always been a big job and today's results obviously don't help at all.

"If you're looking for a positive and a light at the end of the tunnel, the next two games are against Forest and Bristol City and we have to go and try and take maximum points of course.

"It's a time to stick together, it's a time not to pick holes in each other. It's a time to find team spirit that will hopefully get us results."

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom: "In terms of the money we've spent and the budget we've got, it's an unbelievable achievement. If there was a league table for points per pound, we may be top.

"I'm delighted, but we've also set the players a little target of finishing with as many wins as losses as a minimum, plus positive goal difference.

"We're on course and if we do that, we'll probably be the best Barnsley team since the one that got into the play-offs in 2000."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 30Brown
  • 4HobanBooked at 67mins
  • 5Williams
  • 28Mahoney
  • 6Lowe
  • 23GuthrieSubstituted forGrahamat 45'minutesSubstituted forGallagherat 53'minutes
  • 31BennettBooked at 45mins
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forConwayat 65'minutes
  • 18Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 12Graham
  • 15Ward
  • 19Gallagher
  • 21Akpan
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 21Janko
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 29Jones
  • 34HedgesSubstituted forBradshawat 69'minutes
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forMowattat 90+4'minutes
  • 36James
  • 6Scowen
  • 40KentSubstituted forArmstrongat 88'minutes
  • 15WatkinsBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 11Lee
  • 13Townsend
  • 18Jackson
  • 20Bradshaw
  • 27Mowatt
  • 32Armstrong
  • 37Bird
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
12,347

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Barnsley 2.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Alex Mowatt replaces George Moncur.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by George Moncur.

Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Armstrong replaces Ryan Kent.

Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Saidy Janko (Barnsley).

Foul by Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers).

Marc Roberts (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Gallagher with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Wes Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

Marley Watkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Marc Roberts (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marley Watkins (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Wes Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Saidy Janko (Barnsley).

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Mahoney.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Brown.

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew James (Barnsley).

Offside, Barnsley. Josh Scowen tries a through ball, but Ryan Kent is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Tom Bradshaw replaces Ryan Hedges.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

Booking

Marley Watkins (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Booking

Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers).

George Moncur (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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3Huddersfield40235125046474
4Reading41227125657-173
5Leeds412261355391672
6Sheff Wed412091253411269
7Fulham4118131072522067
8Derby411711134841762
9Preston411613125951861
10Norwich411791572621060
11Aston Villa411513134340358
12Brentford41168176559656
13Barnsley411511155856256
14Cardiff411510165658-255
15Wolves40149175152-151
16QPR41148194755-850
17Ipswich411116144351-849
18Birmingham411113174160-1946
19Nottm Forest41129205666-1045
20Burton411112184155-1445
21Bristol City41128215361-844
22Blackburn41913194763-1640
23Wigan41910223551-1637
24Rotherham4145323593-5817
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