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Barnsley 1-1 Burton Albion

Luke Varney's scores the goal to ensure Burton's safety
Varney goal was Burton's first-ever against Barnsley

Substitute Luke Varney scored his first goal for Burton Albion to help confirm their Championship status with a nervy draw at Barnsley.

A poor Burton clearance allowed George Moncur to drill home the opener.

Brewers keeper Stephen Bywater made a string of saves before Varney met a Lasse Vigen Christensen corner to head home with his first touch.

John Brayford also made an important late block on Tom Bradshaw as Burton held on to guarantee their survival.

Nigel Clough's Brewers were rarely troubled by the hosts before John Mousinho's miscued ball out of defence was pounced upon and Moncur coolly finished.

The visitors themselves failed to seriously threaten before the break, with a wayward Jackson Irvine header moments before Moncur's strike their best chance.

The Tykes pressed for a second, with Bywater making a number of crucial interventions, including a fine effort to keep Angus MacDonald's acrobatic overhead kick out in the 51st minute.

Varney, a January arrival from Ipswich Town, made an immediate impact, scoring Burton's first-ever goal against the Tykes as he nodded beyond Adam Davies to equalise from a corner.

The forward continued to threaten as he twice tested Davies, while Kyle McFadzean went close to scoring an own goal when he sliced an attempted clearance from a Moncur cross narrowly wide of Bywater's right-hand post.

Brayford's intervention late on earned Burton the point they needed to be certain of remaining in the division for a second season, while the draw leaves the Tykes winless in nine games at Oakwell.

Barnsley coach Jamie Clapham:

"Today was always going to be difficult because we knew they were always going to get bodies behind the ball, make it tough and slow the game down, so it's nothing we didn't expect.

"Unfortunately, we just didn't have the quality to open them up. The quality that we did have was in the first half on the counter-attack and it was good, intricate play to score the goal.

"The players gave everything for the Barnsley shirt, as they have done all season, but it was incredibly difficult to break down that yellow wall.

"The season's not over. We're really looking forward to going to Newcastle and spoiling their party."

Burton boss Nigel Clough:

"I'd say this is our greatest achievement because of the clubs we have been up against this season and the strength of the league.

"To get 52 points and survive is a bigger achievement than actually reaching the Championship.

"We have had to play the likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday, week in, week out, so there are no easy games.

"You look at the resources and we are on a par with a lot of teams in League One, but we're not on a par with anyone in the Championship.

"You have to embrace that and say 'we are the smallest club' and get like-minded players who want to come and fight against the odds."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 29JonesBooked at 32minsSubstituted forMowattat 66'minutes
  • 18Jackson
  • 5MacDonald
  • 38ElderSubstituted forHedgesat 90+4'minutes
  • 6Scowen
  • 36James
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forArmstrongat 81'minutes
  • 40Kent
  • 20Bradshaw
  • 15Watkins

Substitutes

  • 11Lee
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Evans
  • 27Mowatt
  • 28R Williams
  • 32Armstrong
  • 34Hedges

Burton

  • 13Bywater
  • 4Mousinho
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Turner
  • 3Brayford
  • 24Christensen
  • 30Murphy
  • 36IrvineSubstituted forAkinsat 45'minutes
  • 2FlanaganBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMcCroryat 77'minutes
  • 9Sordell
  • 28KightlySubstituted forVarneyat 51'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 10Akins
  • 11Dyer
  • 12Woodrow
  • 14McCrory
  • 15Naylor
  • 19Varney
  • 27Campbell
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,952

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 1, Burton Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Burton Albion 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Callum Elder.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John Brayford (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Foul by Matthew James (Barnsley).

Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Luke Varney (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by John Brayford.

Foul by Callum Elder (Barnsley).

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Armstrong replaces George Moncur.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory replaces Tom Flanagan.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Adam Jackson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by George Moncur.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Foul by Matthew James (Barnsley).

Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Alex Mowatt replaces Gethin Jones.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Akins.

Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum Elder.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

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

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion).

Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josh Scowen (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 1, Burton Albion 1. Luke Varney (Burton Albion) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

goal

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