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Barnsley 2-2 Middlesbrough

Cameron McGeehan
Cameron McGeehan's goal was his first in league football since New Year's Eve last year

Barnsley midfielder Cameron McGeehan marked his home debut with a goal in their home draw with Middlesbrough.

Former Tykes loanee Ashley Fletcher headed into his own net to put the hosts in front, but Martin Braithwaite volleyed in on the turn to equalise.

McGeehan nodded home Brad Potts' cross for the third goal in the first nine minutes as Barnsley led at the break.

Britt Assombalonga drove home Boro's second but Harvey Barnes could have won it for the Tykes when he hit the post.

The result left Middlesbrough 11th in the Championship while Barnsley slipped a place to 19th.

Boro boss Garry Monk made four changes, including a recall to the starting line-up for Fletcher, while opposite number Paul Heckingbottom watched from the stand because of a two-match touchline ban.

The last time Barnsley supporters saw Fletcher in action he scored for them in the 2016 League One play-off final against Millwall at Wembley, but this time it was not a happy moment for the striker as he glanced an own goal from Zeki Fryers' in-swinging corner.

Braithwaite and McGeehan also found the net in a frantic start, but thereafter it was Boro who dominated possession, with Fletcher and Stewart Downing both testing Adam Davies before the keeper was beaten by Assombalonga's left-foot strike.

Barnsley raised their game as Barnes struck the woodwork with a left-foot effort and Mamadou Thiam fired wide after bursting clear, but neither side could find a winner.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The fact that we were in front twice means we are a bit disappointed not to win but Boro are a very good side and two lapses in concentration have cost us two goals.

"We know they have good players and they were going to have long spells of possession.

"It's a step in the right direction but we still need to improve.

"I was pleased that we still looked strong without the ball."

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk told BBC Tees:

"We're frustrated with the result.

"It was a frantic opening from both teams but it's hard for me to be critical, especially about the first goal.

"After the first 10 or 15 minutes we had a bit more urgency but the difference today is that we haven't been clinical enough. We had good chances and we didn't take them.

"We all feel frustrated but if we continue to play as we did in the majority of the game then we'll win more than we lose."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 24PearsonBooked at 73mins
  • 18Jackson
  • 6Lindsay
  • 3Fryers
  • 4WilliamsBooked at 74mins
  • 7Hammill
  • 8McGeehanSubstituted forBirdat 86'minutes
  • 20PottsSubstituted forThiamat 53'minutes
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forHedgesat 87'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 10Moncur
  • 13Townsend
  • 17Yiadom
  • 19Ugbo
  • 26Thiam
  • 34Hedges
  • 37Bird

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 2FabioSubstituted forFriendat 74'minutes
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 8Clayton
  • 19DowningSubstituted forBamfordat 83'minutes
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 18Fletcher
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 3Friend
  • 11Bamford
  • 16Howson
  • 20Fry
  • 30Baker
  • 34Forshaw
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
17,163

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home11
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Hedges (Barnsley).

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley).

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Matty Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Harvey Barnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jared Bird replaces Cameron McGeehan.

Attempt saved. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron McGeehan.

Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Hammill (Barnsley).

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mamadou Thiam.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford replaces Stewart Downing.

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezekiel Fryers.

Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough).

Matty Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Barnsley. Ezekiel Fryers tries a through ball, but Tom Bradshaw is caught offside.

Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. George Friend replaces Fabio because of an injury.

Booking

Joe Williams (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Matty Pearson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Attempt saved. Fabio (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Barnsley).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Barnsley).

Foul by Fabio (Middlesbrough).

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Fabio.

goal

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