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Walsall 1-3 Barnsley

Josh Brownhill and Lloyd Isgrove
Josh Brownhill scored his first goal for Barnsley after joining on loan from Preston North End in January.

Walsall's League One promotion hopes took another blow as in-form Barnsley left them without a win in six games.

After Anthony Forde's free-kick had hit the post, the visitors went up the other end to seize a 17th-minute lead through Ash Fletcher's low effort.

Walsall top scorer Tom Bradshaw poked in to level by half-time for the hosts.

But Barnsley then scored twice in six minutes, Josh Brownhill's dipping drive beating Neil Etheridge before Harry Chapman sealed it with a low drive.

The Saddlers, who have now failed to win in six home games at Bescot since the turn of the year, sit fourth in the table, five points behind second-placed Wigan.

Barnsley's 11th win in 13 league games lifts them up into the play-off zone into sixth, after leapfrogging over Coventry City, who are three points behind.

Walsall head coach Sean O Driscoll told BBC WM:

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O'Driscoll on Walsall v Barnsley

"A disappointing result. They're a really good team. If you give them two goals it's going to be difficult for you.

"First half, we were excellent. We were the best team. Their goalkeeper's kept them in it and they scored against the run of play.

"We got back into the game, created chances and came in at half time extremely confident that we could go on and win."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3Taylor
  • 12Forde
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Mantom
  • 18MorrisSubstituted forLalkovicat 66'minutes
  • 10SawyersSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 66'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forCookat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Henry
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 21Cook
  • 27Morris
  • 31Hiwula-Mayifuila

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 79mins
  • 26Mawson
  • 4Roberts
  • 22Williams
  • 34IsgroveSubstituted forScowenat 81'minutes
  • 11Brownhill
  • 8Hourihane
  • 32ChapmanSubstituted forTutonat 90'minutes
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forKhanat 90+7'minutes
  • 15Watkins

Substitutes

  • 3Smith
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 7Scowen
  • 12McCourt
  • 13Townsend
  • 19Khan
  • 25Tuton
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
5,199

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Barnsley 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Barnsley 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Otis Khan replaces Ashley Fletcher.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Shaun Tuton (Barnsley).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Barnsley).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Shaun Tuton replaces Harry Chapman.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Josh Brownhill (Barnsley).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Josh Scowen replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

  13. Booking

    Callum Connolly (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Callum Connolly (Barnsley).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Jordan Cook replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Romaine Sawyers.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton34215844281668
2Wigan351713556312564
3Gillingham351781060431759
4Walsall341611750361459
5Millwall351771155411458
6Barnsley351741457461155
7Coventry3414101056381852
8Bradford341410103936352
9Port Vale361410124139252
10Southend35149124644251
11Sheff Utd351310124947249
12Swindon34146145351248
13Rochdale35139134546-148
14Bury35139134555-1048
15Scunthorpe34138133840-247
16Peterborough35136165856245
17Chesterfield35125184654-841
18Fleetwood341010144243-140
19Shrewsbury34117164051-1140
20Doncaster34910153645-937
21Blackpool3598183346-1335
22Oldham33616113344-1134
23Crewe35612173760-2330
24Colchester3569204281-3927
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