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Barnsley 2-0 Blackpool

Barnsley's Brek Shea and Blackpool's Steven Davies

Blackpool's alarming slump continued as bottom-of-the-table Barnsley ended their seven-game winless run with a 2-0 Championship triumph at Oakwell.

Tykes' top-scorer Chris O'Grady got both goals, opening the scoring with a penalty in first-half injury time.

The points were sealed with a close-range header minutes after the restart.

The success was manager Danny Wilson's first since returning to the club last month, while for Blackpool it was an eighth league loss in nine fixtures.

The Tangerines looked secure in the play-off spots when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 on 30 November, but have now sunk to 14th with a solitary point since.

Paul Ince's struggling side threatened first when Steve Davies's header forced a save from home goalkeeper Luke Steele.

The Tykes soon stole the momentum, however, forcing Matt Gilks into two close-range saves to prevent midfielder Jim O'Brien breaking the deadlock.

Barnsley were not to be denied for long, and after on-rushing midfielder Stephen Dawson was upended in the box by Gilks, O'Grady calmly found the top right-hand corner with the last kick of the opening half.

The advantage was doubled within three minutes of the restart when O'Grady headed in from a Jim O'Brien centre. The goals brought a response from Blackpool, with Tom Ince having a penalty appeal waved away and Chris Basham seeing a powerful effort blocked.

But Blackpool's goalless run extended to a fourth successive league game as substitute Nathan Tyson shot well over at the death.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"I think we fully deserved it. To get three points at this stage is a fantastic return. It just makes people aware that we're not going to lie down and we're still there fighting.

"We had a couple of hairy moments to defend at the end when they were throwing everything at us. Possibly we could have done a bit better with the counter-attacking but overall we defended it really well and I thought, throughout the game, we looked in control.

"It is a tough job but it's not just ourselves, that's the thing. We're not so adrift that we're having to win four or five games to get back into the pack - there's only a couple of wins at most that gets us back in there."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 27McLaughlin
  • 4Kennedy
  • 8Dawson
  • 3Ramage
  • 6Cranie
  • 16Jennings
  • 21MellisSubstituted forLawrenceat 83'minutes
  • 10O'GradySubstituted forDigbyat 87'minutes
  • 7O'BrienBooked at 72mins
  • 33SheaSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Nyatanga
  • 14Lawrence
  • 17Digby
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
  • 30Dibble
  • 42McCourt

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 12BishopBooked at 22minsSubstituted forHarrisat 80'minutes
  • 3RobinsonBooked at 45mins
  • 16Ferguson
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 20Cathcart
  • 11InceBooked at 70mins
  • 18OsbourneBooked at 5minsSubstituted forTysonat 53'minutes
  • 9DaviesBooked at 56mins
  • 31Martínez CerveraSubstituted forChopraat 49'minutes
  • 17Basham

Substitutes

  • 7Tyson
  • 8Chopra
  • 13Warner
  • 22Caton
  • 23Eccleston
  • 33Harris
  • 37Cameron
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
9,866

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 2, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Ryan McLaughlin (Barnsley) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Barnsley. Dale Jennings tries a through ball, but Paul Digby is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Harris with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Nathan Tyson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Paul Digby replaces Chris O'Grady.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Tyson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Chopra.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Basham (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Nathan Tyson.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Liam Lawrence replaces Jacob Mellis.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Harris.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Robert Harris replaces Neal Bishop.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dale Jennings (Barnsley).

  17. Post update

    Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Barnsley).

  19. Post update

    Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Brek Shea.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester26183547272057
2QPR26157431161552
3Burnley26149339201951
4Derby26145750341647
5Nottm Forest261111439261344
6Reading2611873930941
7Brighton2610973023739
8Blackburn2610793232037
9Middlesbrough269984133836
10Ipswich269983731636
11Wigan2510692826236
12Leeds26105113535035
13Huddersfield2697103531434
14Blackpool2688102533-832
15Watford2571083631531
16Bournemouth2687113245-1331
17Birmingham2678113032-229
18Bolton26610103142-1128
19Sheff Wed2551193233-126
20Millwall2667132750-2325
21Charlton2559112231-924
22Doncaster2666142243-2124
23Yeovil2555152138-1720
24Barnsley2548132342-1920
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