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Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Sam Winnall
Sam Winnall scored Barnsley's 13th headed goal of the season in the Championship

Sam Winnall's header and a Marley Watkins goal gave Barnsley victory against 10-man Blackburn, who remain in the Championship relegation places.

Winnall's 10th of the season from Conor Hourihane's cross gave the Tykes the lead, while fellow striker Tom Bradshaw was denied by goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Rovers, who had Darragh Lenihan sent off late on for chopping down Sam Morsy, pressed for an equaliser.

However, Watkins' injury-time strike ensured the points for the hosts.

With three wins from their past four games before Boxing Day's match, Barnsley had resurrected their early-season form and this victory kept them in touch with the top six going into 2017.

Their rediscovered confidence was reflected in their start, as Bradshaw had chances to score before Winnall nodded in the opener.

The goal sparked the visitors into a response, with Adam Davies in the Reds' goal worked hard by efforts from Marvin Emnes, Wes Brown and Sam Gallagher.

Blackburn's desperation for points was evident in their efforts towards the end of the game, first in further chances for Corry Evans, Gallagher and Emnes again, and then in the frustration of Lenihan's dismissal.

Watkins' goal was the final act for Barnsley, condemning Rovers to a fourth defeat in succession.

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom:

"Avoiding relegation wasn't our focus. That limits you to wanting to finish fourth from bottom.

"Our focus is to be as good as we can be so we won't limit ourselves in that respect, we'll just try and pick up as many points as possible.

"The players have got every right to be buzzing, they've been terrific and long may it continue.

"You are where you deserve to be, so as we're ninth we deserve to be ninth. We won't get carried away and will keep trying to get better."

Blackburn head coach Owen Coyle:

"There's a sense of frustration for me at the end when there's a stonewall penalty as far as I was concerned. Then of course a couple of minutes later we're down to 10 men.

"There were little things we could have done better in the game, we created chances to get back into it.

"We certainly know we're capable of turning things around quickly and moving up the table to where we want to be."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 2Bree
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 17Yiadom
  • 6Scowen
  • 8Hourihane
  • 29MorsyBooked at 83mins
  • 40KentSubstituted forWatkinsat 73'minutes
  • 20BradshawSubstituted forBrownat 86'minutes
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forArmstrongat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Townsend
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Jackson
  • 19Kpekawa
  • 26Brown
  • 28Williams
  • 32Armstrong

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 30BrownSubstituted forEvansat 64'minutes
  • 26LenihanBooked at 86mins
  • 5Williams
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forFeeneyat 71'minutes
  • 21AkpanBooked at 67mins
  • 14MulgrewBooked at 63mins
  • 19Gallagher
  • 12Graham
  • 17Emnes

Substitutes

  • 3Greer
  • 7Feeney
  • 23Guthrie
  • 28Mahoney
  • 29Evans
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
14,192

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away9
Fouls
Home17
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt saved. Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Hand ball by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Marley Watkins (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Bree following a fast break.

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Barnsley).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Adam Davies.

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hope Akpan with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

Dismissal

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the red card.

Sam Morsy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jacob Brown replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marley Watkins.

Booking

Sam Morsy (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Barnsley).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Hand ball by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Armstrong replaces Sam Winnall.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Marley Watkins replaces Ryan Kent.

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Kent.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Craig Conway.

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) hits the right post with a left footed shot from more than 35 yards.

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Sam Winnall (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Sam Morsy (Barnsley).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle23161645182749
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2313463330343
4Huddersfield2313372827142
5Leeds2313283023741
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Fulham2399540281236
8Derby2210662315836
9Barnsley2310494035534
10Aston Villa2381052522334
11Birmingham229762729-234
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Brentford2385102930-129
15Wolves237793132-128
16Ipswich237792226-428
17Bristol City2383123030027
18Nottm Forest2375113641-526
19Cardiff2366112638-1224
20QPR2265112031-1123
21Burton2357112432-822
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2334162450-2613
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