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Barnsley 2-1 Norwich City

Conor Hourihane
Conor Hourihane's goal was his fourth of the season for Barnsley

Barnsley secured a first home league win since 27 August by inflicting Norwich's sixth defeat in seven games.

Tom Bradshaw put them ahead with a clever finish from Josh Scowen's cross and skipper Conor Hourihane fired home a superb second before the break.

Norwich were more assertive after the interval and Nelson Oliveira reduced the deficit with a low 25-yard shot.

The Canaries continued to press but Graham Dorrans and Jacob Murphy missed the target as Barnsley held out.

Norwich boss Alex Neil, who played more than 100 games for Barnsley during his playing career, made one change to the side that thrashed Brentford 5-0 last week, with Josh Murphy joining his twin brother in the starting line-up.

They were second best for most of the first half, though, as Bradshaw and Hourihane both scored their first goals since the home side's 4-0 win at Wolves in mid-September.

Neil, twice on the losing side for the Reds against Norwich in 2001-02, made a double change at the break as Josh Murphy and Alex Pritchard were replaced by Youssouf Mulumbu and Martin Olsson.

Oliveira's sixth of the season put them on the front foot, but their best effort in the closing stages was a shot from distance by full-back Ivo Pinto, which was saved by Adam Davies, as they slipped to eighth in the table, with Barnsley moving up to 11th.

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom: "It was a case of two teams playing two different shapes and I thought we imposed our shape on them better in the first half.

"They made changes at half-time and they imposed their shape and system on us at the start of the second half.

"It changes the mentality and we had to get to grips with the middle of the park again. They were much stronger with their midfield three so we had to change and regain control of the middle of the pitch.

"I don't think there's ever been a dip in confidence or belief. You need to not get down if things aren't going your way and don't get carried away if they are going your way."

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "We basically got bullied in the first half. Physically, we didn't compete.

"They're good at what they do and if you don't match it you're going to have a tough time. "To be fair to them, they thoroughly deserved the win based on their first-half performance.

"It wasn't down to tactics - we just didn't compete well enough, which is hard to accept. In the second half it was roles reversed and I thought we were totally dominant.

"You've got to be flexible in this league, take any test that comes your way and be good enough to overcome it."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 2Bree
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 17Yiadom
  • 6Scowen
  • 29Morsy
  • 8Hourihane
  • 40KentSubstituted forJankoat 90+5'minutes
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forHammillat 71'minutes
  • 20BradshawSubstituted forPayneat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammill
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Evans
  • 19Kpekawa
  • 21Janko
  • 23Payne
  • 28R Williams

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25Pinto
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 12BradySubstituted forLaffertyat 85'minutes
  • 8Howson
  • 4Dorrans
  • 22Murphy
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forOlssonat 45'minutes
  • 31MurphySubstituted forMulumbuat 45'minutes
  • 9Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 3Olsson
  • 5Martin
  • 13Jones
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 15Klose
  • 18Mulumbu
  • 19Lafferty
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
12,306

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 2, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Norwich City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Saidy Janko replaces Ryan Kent.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt blocked. Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by James Bree.

Hand ball by Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Robbie Brady.

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Barnsley).

Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Attempt saved. Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Scowen with a cross.

Hand ball by Ryan Kent (Barnsley).

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Hammill (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Stefan Payne replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Hammill replaces Sam Winnall.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sam Morsy (Barnsley) because of an injury.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Olsson.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Youssouf Mulumbu.

Offside, Barnsley. Ryan Kent tries a through ball, but Josh Scowen is caught offside.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ryan Kent.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a set piece situation.

goal

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