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Barnsley 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Chris O'Grady of Barnsley

Chris O'Grady scored a second-half penalty to earn struggling Barnsley a draw with play-off hopefuls Blackburn.

The hosts took the lead through debutant Nick Proschwitz, but goals from Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede meant they trailed at the break.

O'Grady levelled matters from the spot after Liam Lawrence was brought down in the box by Grant Hanley.

And Rovers suffered a further setback when midfielder Lee Williamson was carried off on a stretcher.

Blackburn started the brighter and Tykes goalkeeper Luke Steele had to be alert to keep out Cairney, Gestede and Jordan Rhodes before Proschwitz opened the scoring at the other end.

The Hull loanee fired past Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson having earlier been denied by the former England international.

Cairney's superb 25-yard effort brought the visitors back level before Gestede put them in front on the stroke of half-time after good work from David Dunn.

But Barnsley manager Danny Wilson introduced midfielders Lawrence and Tomasz Cywka in the 62nd minute, and it was the former who won the penalty for the equaliser as Hanley bundled him over.

O'Grady sent Robinson the wrong way from the spot to salvage a draw for the hosts, with Williamson leaving the field soon after following lengthy treatment.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"I am happy with a point because to go behind against a quality side like Blackburn and fight back like we did.

"In the first half they gave us a lesson. They passed us to death at times and we didn't get to grips with it at all.

"They picked up the ball in midfield and played through us. Getting them in at half-time was a bonus from my point of view at only being a goal down. We got away with it. We have to be honest."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"The [penalty] decision is not acceptable. It cannot be. Jordan Rhodes gets flattened in the penalty box. I spoke to the referee but it didn't make me feel any better.

"You should be talking about how well we played, especially in the first half. We were outstanding.

"Their goal came against the run of play but we didn't panic. We just kept playing the way we play and scored two very good goals."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 5NyatangaSubstituted forCywkaat 55'minutes
  • 3Ramage
  • 6Cranie
  • 4Kennedy
  • 8DawsonBooked at 28minsSubstituted forDigbyat 45'minutes
  • 33Shea
  • 16JenningsSubstituted forLawrenceat 62'minutes
  • 7O'Brien
  • 10O'Grady
  • 9Proschwitz

Substitutes

  • 14Lawrence
  • 17Digby
  • 19Cywka
  • 22Mvoto
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
  • 30Dibble
  • 42McCourt

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 27Henley
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 3Spurr
  • 45Cairney
  • 6LoweBooked at 58mins
  • 8DunnSubstituted forTaylorat 64'minutes
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forKingat 77'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 19Taylor
  • 24Morris
  • 31Mahoney
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
9,703

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brek Shea.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

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1Leicester28203551282363
2QPR27167433171655
3Burnley271410339201952
4Derby28156754371751
5Nottm Forest261111439261344
6Reading28128844331144
7Ipswich28101084032840
8Brighton27101073023740
9Blackburn2810993535039
10Middlesbrough2891094135637
11Wigan2610792826237
12Leeds27106113636036
13Huddersfield2797113633334
14Bournemouth2797113446-1234
15Blackpool2889112739-1233
16Watford2571083631531
17Birmingham2778123134-329
18Bolton27610113244-1228
19Doncaster2877142644-1828
20Sheff Wed2651293334-127
21Millwall2768132851-2326
22Charlton2659122234-1224
23Barnsley2649132544-1921
24Yeovil2655162341-1820
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