League One

Barnsley 3-1 Millwall

By Rob StevensBBC Sport at Wembley
Barnsley celebrate
Barnsley will play in the Championship next season, having been relegated from the second tier in 2014

Barnsley sealed promotion to the Championship as two goals in the first 19 minutes set up their League One play-off final win over Millwall.

Ashley Fletcher slotted home after just 88 seconds, before Adam Hammill's 25-yard curling shot doubled the lead.

Both had scored for Barnsley in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final win over Oxford at Wembley eight weeks earlier.

Mark Beevers fired in Millwall's reply from close range but Lloyd Isgrove's header secured Barnsley's victory.

The Tykes were bottom of League One in December but a superb run of form under interim boss Paul Heckingbottom saw them finish sixth in the table, and their two-year exile from the Championship was ended by wins over Walsall and Millwall in the play-offs.

Lions pay for slow start

Chris Taylor
Millwall were unable to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt following relegation last season

Millwall were forced into a late change before kick-off when centre-back Byron Webster was injured in the warm-up, with Tony Craig taking his place.

A mix-up in the Lions defence from a long ball allowed Fletcher to take advantage, as the on-loan Manchester United forward held off Carlos Edwards and fired across Jordan Archer into the bottom corner.

The south London side lacked composure and cohesion in the opening 25 minutes, and Barnsley capitalised again when Hammill cut in from the left and bent an exquisite shot into the top corner without being challenged.

Beevers' close-range finish reduced the deficit but the second half was a scrappy affair with few clear-cut chances, and Millwall could not recover from their poor start.

Millwall had been looking to secure an immediate return to the second tier but boss Neil Harris, in his first full season in charge, will have to pick up his squad for another promotion bid next season, having finished fourth in the table.

Tykes show composure

Lloyd Isgrove
Lloyd Isgrove's header with 16 minutes remaining completed Barnsley's play-off final victory

Barnsley looked comfortable on their second visit of the season to the national stadium, having suffered just one defeat since mid-March to reach the play-offs.

With Millwall increasingly playing the ball long in the second period, it was the Yorkshire side who made the crucial breakthrough, as goalkeeper Archer failed to collect Conor Hourihane's corner and Isgrove headed into an empty net.

The Tykes looked more likely to score a fourth in the closing stages, although Chris Taylor forced Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies into a late save.

With 13 victories in 21 games, winning the club's first cup final since 1912 and now winning promotion to the Championship, Heckingbottom has made a strong case to take charge on a more permanent basis.

The 38-year-old - part of the Barnsley squad promoted from the third tier in 2006 - built on work done by Lee Johnson, who left Oakwell for Bristol City in February.

Man of the match: Adam Hammill (Barnsley)

Adam Hammill

Providing a constant threat for Barnsley on the left touchline, his goal - a sublime long-range effort into the top corner - put the Reds in the driving seat in the first half.

After a successful spell at Barnsley early in his career, Hammill returned to Oakwell in November with the club struggling towards the foot of League One.

His form has been a key reason for their improvement in the second half of the campaign, and having scored in their Football League Trophy final win in April, Hammill found the net at Wembley again to help his side to promotion.

Match reaction

Barnsley interim manager Paul Heckingbottom: "The message was always that we would start speaking after our last game of the season.

"Now we can sort everyone's future out. Everyone knows I want to stay. If I hadn't been on the bench I'd have been here watching.

"You can't imagine how proud I am of the players. They are Championship players now and they have earned it."

Millwall manager Neil Harris: "I'm disappointed with the scoreline. We came full of hope and expectation but we didn't perform for 90 minutes.

"We had spells where we looked good but over the course of 90 minutes we gave two poor goals away and the second goal was a great strike. Barnsley deserved to win the game."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 7Scowen
  • 4RobertsBooked at 63mins
  • 26Mawson
  • 22WilliamsBooked at 28mins
  • 34IsgroveSubstituted forWatkinsat 85'minutes
  • 11Brownhill
  • 8Hourihane
  • 20Hammill
  • 9Winnall
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forToneyat 81'minutes


  • 5Nyatanga
  • 12McCourt
  • 13Townsend
  • 15Watkins
  • 24Toney
  • 32Chapman
  • 35White


Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Archer
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 5Craig
  • 16Beevers
  • 3MartinSubstituted forO'Brienat 43'minutes
  • 19Taylor
  • 24ThompsonSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 76'minutes
  • 26Abdou
  • 18Ferguson
  • 9Gregory
  • 20Morison


  • 1Forde
  • 6Williams
  • 8Upson
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 15Nelson
  • 22O'Brien
  • 28Philpot
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Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamMillwall
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

  4. Post update

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Millwall. Shaun Williams tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marley Watkins with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden O'Brien.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

  13. Post update

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Marley Watkins replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Carlos Edwards.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Ivan Toney replaces Ashley Fletcher.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lee Gregory.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Ben Thompson.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 29th May 2016

As It Stood

11Sheff Utd461812166459566
12Port Vale461811175658-265
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