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Barnsley 3-2 Middlesbrough

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft
David Flitcroft

Barnsley held off a late Middlesbrough fightback to hold on for a win that moves them off the bottom of the table.

Paddy McCourt opened the scoring for the Tykes with a solo run before Chris O'Grady turned in Jim O'Brien's shot.

O'Grady then scored from the spot after Marcus Pedersen was tripped by Ben Gibson to make it 3-0 at the break.

Late on, Albert Adomah drove in from the edge of the area and headed in Frazer Richardson's cross in the space of two minutes, but the Tykes held on.

Ex-Celtic winger McCourt walked the ball into the net after a run that beat three defenders for his first goal for the club since joining on a free transfer in the summer.

David Flitcroft's side doubled their advantage when O'Brien's drive glanced off O'Grady and past Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele.

After Gibson brought Pederson down in the area, O'Grady made no mistake from 12 yards to score his seventh of the season and give the hosts a commanding half-time lead.

Adomah gave Boro hope with his late double, but Barnsley, who remain in the Championship relegation zone, scrapped their way to a first home win since August.

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft:

"We've got three points against an outstanding team. In the second half they went for it but we stuck firm.

"I am delighted we got the three points and proud that we didn't collapse.

"We've got a plan and know where we want to be in the league table at the end of the season."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray:

"It was 3-0 and we should have scored some goals in that first half.

"We needed to get some pride in the second half. We came out and took a couple of chances. I can't remember our goalkeeper making a save.

"We have scored enough goals to be higher in the table but I have to solve the problem of goals going in."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Butland
  • 14Wiseman
  • 4Kennedy
  • 34Fox
  • 6Cranie
  • 22Mvoto
  • 21MellisSubstituted forCywkaat 65'minutes
  • 11Perkins
  • 10O'Grady
  • 20PedersenSubstituted forScotlandat 75'minutes
  • 42McCourtSubstituted forO'Brienat 29'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 7O'Brien
  • 8Dawson
  • 9Scotland
  • 16Jennings
  • 19Cywka
  • 23Etuhu

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Steele
  • 5Richardson
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 15Hines
  • 22Gibson
  • 6ButterfieldSubstituted forEmnesat 45'minutes
  • 18WhiteheadSubstituted forSmallwoodat 45'minutes
  • 9JutkiewiczSubstituted forCarayolat 67'minutes
  • 29Kamara
  • 27Adomah

Substitutes

  • 4Williams
  • 8Varga
  • 10Emnes
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 19Carayol
  • 21Parnaby
  • 33Smallwood
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
11,438

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 3, Middlesbrough 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 3, Middlesbrough 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough).

  4. Post update

    Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Richard Smallwood with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frazer Richardson with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  10. Post update

    Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough).

  13. Post update

    David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Barnsley 3, Middlesbrough 2. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frazer Richardson with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Jason Scotland is caught offside.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Barnsley 3, Middlesbrough 1. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Smallwood with a headed pass.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack Butland.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka with a cross.