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Barnsley 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Managerless Barnsley claimed all three points with a comfortable victory over Crewe at Oakwell.

The best chance of a dour first half fell to the home side's Kane Hemmings, but the striker failed to connect with Leroy Lita's cross.

Lewin Nyatanga's header from Josh Scowen's free-kick gave the Tykes the lead midway through the second period.

An unfortunate own goal by debutant sub keeper Paul Rachubka sealed the win for Barnsley late on.

The Tykes' win moved them above Crewe on goal difference, with both teams five points above the relegation zone.

Crewe were hampered by the loss of young keeper Ben Garratt on 71 minutes.

That forced new signing Rachubka to come off the bench, barely 24 hours after signing for the Alex until the end of the season.

Barnsley caretaker manager Mark Burton told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It's quite different from last Saturday. It's a good feeling to win and the players have got that feeling in there.

"It was a difficult game. It was a tense atmosphere to start off with and the players were tense.

"You could see the players lift when the goal came. The goalkeeper and the back four were superb and the team took the game to Crewe."

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"This should be a wake-up call because I've been saying that we still have a lot of work to do. The easier part is getting out of the bottom four - the hard part is to keep winning games.

"I said to the players at half time that this game is crying out for someone to grab it by the scruff of the neck and show some real quality but it didn't happen.

"If we had scored the first goal, I thought we would have gone on and won the game but it proved the turning point for them.

"There was no one around Ben Garratt and it wasn't a challenge. He just felt his shin and couldn't put any weight on it so he had to come off. We'll get it checked out but we're hoping it is muscular more than anything."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Davies
  • 6Cranie
  • 15Mvoto
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 20Smith
  • 7Scowen
  • 36Pearson
  • 32Bailey
  • 8HourihaneSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 45'minutes
  • 33LitaSubstituted forWaringat 65'minutes
  • 10HemmingsSubstituted forOatesat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Berry
  • 18Oates
  • 24Dibble
  • 27Holgate
  • 31O'Sullivan
  • 37Lalkovic
  • 41Waring

Crewe

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13GarrattSubstituted forRachubkaat 71'minutes
  • 4Davis
  • 30TateSubstituted forWatersat 81'minutes
  • 5Ray
  • 7Turton
  • 20JonesBooked at 78mins
  • 19Baillie
  • 28Ness
  • 42GrantBooked at 65minsSubstituted forCooperat 69'minutes
  • 35Ajose
  • 25Haber

Substitutes

  • 10Inman
  • 11Cooper
  • 17Waters
  • 18Nolan
  • 24Leigh
  • 33Stewart
  • 44Rachubka
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
8,635

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rhys Oates (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Rhys Oates replaces Kane Hemmings.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

  8. Post update

    Ben Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Waring (Barnsley).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Waring.

  12. Post update

    James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Ben Pearson (Barnsley).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Bailey (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Alan Tate.

  18. Goal!

    Own Goal by Paul Rachubka, Crewe Alexandra. Barnsley 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Marcus Haber.

  20. Booking

    James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City31197558292964
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon31176857342357
4Preston30168646281856
5Sheff Utd3014794335849
6Bradford3012994034645
7Doncaster31129103837145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale291251251401141
14Walsall311011103333041
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Scunthorpe30117124346-340
17Notts County31108133339-638
18Barnsley31115154148-738
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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