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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Barnsley

Paddy McCourt scores for Barnsley v Brighton

Barnsley remained at the foot of the Championship despite their first away win of the season at Brighton.

The victory came in their first game under caretaker manager Micky Mellon following the sacking of David Flitcroft at the weekend.

A fine individual effort from Paddy McCourt gave the Tykes a first-half lead, which was doubled five minutes after the break by Jacob Mellis.

Matthew Upson's header halved the deficit, but Barnsley held out.

Wins for Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday meant the Yorkshire club remain at the bottom of the table on goal difference.

The hosts started well, with Barnsley keeper Jack Butland forced into a fine save when he tipped Craig Conway's shot onto the crossbar.

But Barnsley ended a sequence of nearly five hours without a goal when McCourt ended a solo run with a one-two with Marcus Tudgay before slotting home.

Tudgay was also involved in the second goal, threading the ball to Mellis inside the area before the midfielder beat keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Upson pulled a goal back with a header from a corner, and referee James Linington was forced off with an injury, but Barnsley held out to end a run of six games without a win.

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Oscar Garcia: Brighton head coach after Barnsley defeat

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia: "We only played 55 minutes in this game. But we did get a reaction in the second half and had chances for further goals.

"The problem was we started very slowly. We wanted to start well, but Barnsley kept the ball pretty well, and if we don't have the ball we're not comfortable.

"It's a tough league and there are no easy games, all the players are really disappointed at how we played."

Barnsley caretaker manager Micky Mellon: "I've been friends for life with David (Flitcroft) and I know what it's like to be sacked. It was a tough night last Saturday but it was done very professionally.

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Micky Mellon: Barnsley caretaker boss after Brighton win

"We knew we had to be really professional at Brighton and the key was that I wanted us to keep the ball.

"I was delighted with both the goals and a lot of the time we were in total control. We were determined to pass it and be brave and we achieved that."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 8Crofts
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forBuckleyat 45'minutes
  • 9BarnesSubstituted forLitaat 82'minutes
  • 21López MorenoSubstituted forAgustienat 65'minutes
  • 23Conway

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Agustien
  • 14Calderón
  • 30Buckley
  • 38Ince
  • 44Lita

Barnsley

  • 12Butland
  • 14WisemanBooked at 82mins
  • 4Kennedy
  • 11PerkinsBooked at 53mins
  • 3RamageBooked at 30mins
  • 6Cranie
  • 42McCourtSubstituted forDawsonat 75'minutes
  • 23EtuhuSubstituted forScotlandat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 50Tudgay
  • 19Cywka
  • 21MellisBooked at 60minsSubstituted forO'Brienat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 7O'Brien
  • 8Dawson
  • 9Scotland
  • 22Mvoto
  • 30Dibble
  • 34Fox
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
25,759

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Barnsley 2.

Attempt missed. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jason Scotland (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Scotland (Barnsley).

Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

Foul by Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Kelvin Etuhu because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Bruno.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Leroy Lita is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leroy Lita replaces Ashley Barnes.

Booking

Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Barnsley).

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jim O'Brien replaces Jacob Mellis because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kemy Agustien.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Stephen Dawson replaces Patrick McCourt.

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Barnsley).

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

goal

As It Stood

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4Reading188732720731
5Blackpool188732216631
6Derby178453324928
7Nottm Forest187742822628
8Ipswich187562823526
9Leeds178272420426
10Huddersfield187562421326
11Brighton186752117425
12Watford186662724324
13Blackburn186572222023
14Wigan166461816222
15Doncaster185581728-1120
16Middlesbrough174762726119
17Birmingham185492224-219
18Bolton184771723-619
19Bournemouth185492235-1319
20Millwall184682136-1518
21Charlton184591421-717
22Yeovil1843111424-1015
23Sheff Wed172872028-814
24Barnsley1835101836-1814
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