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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Barnsley

By Joe TownsendBBC Sport at Hillsborough
Chris Maguire

Barnsley's Emmanuel Frimpong was one of three dismissals as Chris Maguire scored in the 97th minute to hand Sheffield Wednesday a home victory.

Just 24 hours after joining from Arsenal, Frimpong was yellow-carded twice in five first-half minutes.

Wednesday substitute Jermaine Johnson followed him on 80 minutes while Reds midfielder Jacob Mellis joined them in injury time.

It proved costly for nine-man Barnsley as Maguire drilled home from 20 yards.

Defeat leaves Danny Wilson's men still second from bottom, while the Owls find themselves six points clear of trouble after Stuart Gray's second game in permanent charge.

As well as the hosts started, the first chance of note fell to Barnsley striker Nick Proschwitz, who was twice denied from a corner, first seeing his 12-yard volley blocked on the line by Liam Palmer, before Chris Kirkland saved the rebound.

On 23 minutes, after being warned by referee Andre Marriner for persistent fouls, debutant Frimpong was finally booked - and it did not take long for him to pick up a second yellow when, five minutes later, he brought down Maguire with a clumsy challenge from behind.

Then came the inevitable home pressure, but it was a scuffed goal-kick by Barnsley keeper Luke Steele that provided the first half's biggest chance - Maguire getting the ball stuck under his feet with Steele stranded wide of his goal.

Wednesday struggled to seize control of the game, and an hour had been played before centre-back Oguchi Onyewu saw an effort tipped over, and Reds defender Jack Hunt headed his clearance onto the near post from the resulting corner.

The Hillsborough crowd were growing agitated as their side struggled to fashion a clear-cut opening, frustration summed up by a thrashed 30-yard effort from Johnson that almost went out for a throw-in.

That tension spilled over minutes later as the same player went in two-footed on Brek Shea and Marriner produced a red card to level it up at 10 men each.

The Tykes went down to nine men in injury time after Mellis recklessly jumped in on Wednesday winger Jacques Maghoma, seemingly angered by the decision not to award him a penalty after he tumbled in the box 30 seconds earlier.

And Barnsley were made to pay when substitute Jim O'Brien miscued a clearance in the 97th minute straight to Jose Semedo. He fed Maguire, who provided the day's one moment of real quality to settle an ill-tempered South Yorkshire derby.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray said:

"Chris Maguire just keeps going and going all game. He kept going and only had one thing on his mind for the winner, which was going for goal. He doesn't hide.

"I felt we rushed things in the build up when we were up against nine and 10 men but that's credit to Barnsley. We had a lot of possession but we didn't pepper the goal enough.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson said:

"We all feel aggrieved because we think that we've been denied a stonewall penalty.

"I know we should have had a penalty but the bottom line is that we have lost and that's hard to take.

"I feel for the team as a whole because we were brilliant when we had 10 men. Mellis' red card was just stupidity but I think it was just frustration from the stonewall penalty being turned down. We could have won the game but instead we've lost it."


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Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Kirkland
  • 22Palmer
  • 19Mattock
  • 20Lee
  • 8OnyewuSubstituted forHelanat 90+6'minutes
  • 32Llera
  • 18MaguireBooked at 46mins
  • 6Semedo
  • 34NuhiuSubstituted forLaveryat 63'minutes
  • 28AfobeSubstituted forJohnsonat 70'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 10Maghoma


  • 11Johnson
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Helan
  • 21Corry
  • 25Lavery
  • 26E Martínez
  • 27McPhail


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Steele
  • 12HuntBooked at 53minsSubstituted forCywkaat 76'minutes
  • 4Kennedy
  • 21MellisBooked at 90mins
  • 3Ramage
  • 6Cranie
  • 33Shea
  • 15FrimpongBooked at 30mins
  • 9Proschwitz
  • 10O'GradySubstituted forDawsonat 34'minutes
  • 16JenningsSubstituted forO'Brienat 72'minutes


  • 7O'Brien
  • 8Dawson
  • 14Lawrence
  • 19Cywka
  • 22Mvoto
  • 31Turner
  • 42McCourt
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Barnsley 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Barnsley 0. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Oguchi Onyewu because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Dismissal

    Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) is shown the red card.

  13. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

  15. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

  17. Post update

    Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Brek Shea (Barnsley).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

  20. Post update

    Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

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