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Ashley Barnes heads Burnley into the lead at Barnsley

Burnley took another big step towards promotion to the Premier League with a win at relegation-threatened Barnsley to move them 11 points clear in second.

The Clarets could seal promotion with a win over Middlesbrough on Saturday, if Derby lose to Huddersfield.

At Oakwell, Ashley Barnes flicked Michael Kightly's cross into the net with his head for the opener.

He also had an offside goal ruled out as Burnley extended their unbeaten away run in the Championship to 10 games.

They have won five of those games to move within six points of already promoted Leicester - who were beaten at home by Brighton.

Barnsley, who had won two of their previous three games but failed to score in any of their last three home matches, are second from bottom with a five-point gap to safety.

The visitors, who welcomed top scorer Danny Ings back into the team after injury, started well and deservedly took the lead on just seven minutes with their first attack.

Kightly's near-post cross was met first by Barnes, who glanced his header into the top corner.

Barnes then had a goal ruled out for offside before Jacob Mellis and Dale Jennings shot over for Barnsley.

Scott Arfield had a shot blocked for Burnley after the break as the visitors stayed solid to secure another valuable win.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"We're disappointed, of course we are. Anything we could have taken off the team who are second would have been a real confidence booster for us.

"But we move on to Bolton on Saturday. There is still great belief. There's six games to go, 18 points to play for, which is a lot at this stage.

"We're still in with a chance, but it's down to ourselves. It's whether we believe or not that we can push it over the line and I certainly do."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"The next game for us is a big one. We've been focusing on it all season and that won't change.

"They're all tough games, so we'll be preparing for it.

"I've already told the players to enjoy tonight, but we're already prepping, recovering already and getting ready for the weekend.

"The outcome was the main part we were looking for - to come away from here with a 1-0 victory, a clean sheet and our keeper's not had a save to make."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 27McLaughlin
  • 4Kennedy
  • 11WoodsSubstituted forMcCourtat 81'minutes
  • 22Mvoto
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 21MellisBooked at 32minsSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 60'minutes
  • 8Dawson
  • 10O'GradyBooked at 48mins
  • 19Cywka
  • 16Jennings

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 9Proschwitz
  • 12Hunt
  • 15Frimpong
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
  • 31Turner
  • 42McCourt

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 17Baird
  • 6Mee
  • 14Jones
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 19Kightly
  • 8MarneyBooked at 84mins
  • 10IngsSubstituted forTreacyat 88'minutes
  • 30Barnes
  • 37Arfield

Substitutes

  • 2Trippier
  • 7Wallace
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 22Stock
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
12,904

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home5
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 0, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Burnley 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Barnsley).

  4. Post update

    Chris Baird (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a set piece situation.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Danny Ings.

  7. Post update

    Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Baird (Burnley).

  9. Booking

    Dean Marney (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Paddy McCourt replaces Martin Woods.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Martin Woods (Barnsley).

  13. Post update

    Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

  20. Post update

    Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester41278677423589
2Burnley412314466343283
3Derby412191172472572
4QPR4120101149371270
5Wigan4119101254401467
6Reading4117121262491363
7Brighton411613124637961
8Ipswich411613125346761
9Bournemouth411710145857161
10Nottm Forest411417106053759
11Blackburn411514125653359
12Watford4014141264481656
13Middlesbrough411316125344955
14Bolton411215145356-351
15Sheff Wed411213165252049
16Leeds41138205263-1147
17Huddersfield411210195057-746
18Birmingham411110205363-1043
19Doncaster411110203762-2543
20Blackpool411012193559-2442
21Charlton391011183050-2041
22Millwall41912204070-3039
23Barnsley40812203866-2836
24Yeovil41811224166-2535
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