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Barnsley 2-0 Birmingham City

Tom Bradshaw
Wales international Tom Bradshaw's goal was his ninth of the season for Barnsley

Birmingham City's dismal Championship away form continued as Tom Bradshaw's early goal set Barnsley on the way to victory at Oakwell.

Bradshaw was left with an easy finish from Harvey Barnes' ball from the left.

And it took a superb low save by Tomasz Kuszczak to prevent Lloyd Isgrove doubling the lead before half-time.

Birmingham struggled to create chances and the home side sealed the points when Zeki Fryers scored from a free-kick after Bradshaw was fouled.

The on-loan left-back's first senior goal lifted Barnsley three places to 16th in the table, with Birmingham - who have still only taken one point away from home - dropping into the relegation places.

Steve Cotterill made five changes after Blues' home defeat by Brentford in midweek but, after Marc Roberts tested Barnsley keeper Adam Davies with an early header, the home side went straight up the other end and Bradshaw gave them the lead.

Birmingham have only scored eight Championship goals this season - the lowest total in the entire EFL - but they were unable to add to that meagre tally as Davies foiled Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jota.

Barnsley's margin of victory could even have been greater, with George Moncur curling just wide after Fryers had made it 2-0 when his dead-ball delivery found its way into the net.

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom:

"We've probably dominated games as much, if not more, than that at Oakwell and either drawn or lost, so it's nice to put in a good performance and get a good win.

"We were in a strong position early doors, which was good. I think the most pleasing bit for me was how we dealt with them.

"I've just been speaking about hitting the target. They think I'm silly when I shout it that much, but cheap goals, you get them.

"For Fryers' free-kick, he's aiming for goal or somebody to get a touch."

Birmingham manager Steve Cotterill told BBC WM:

"There's one or two things that we'll cling onto. We didn't get outworked. And we're inches away from going 1-0 up. That's happened a couple of times.

"That would probably give us the fillip and the boost that we need out there. To then go and concede is a real kick in the teeth.

"And the first goal came on the counter. They got a cross into the box and scored off, which is disappointing.

"From then on, we worked a couple of opportunities, but we did not quite get a shot off. At the moment we're looking for the perfect shot, which you don't get."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Davies
  • 17Yiadom
  • 5MacDonald
  • 6Lindsay
  • 3Fryers
  • 4Williams
  • 11IsgroveSubstituted forHammillat 61'minutes
  • 10Moncur
  • 20Potts
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forHedgesat 79'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forThiamat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McCarthy
  • 7Hammill
  • 19Ugbo
  • 26Thiam
  • 30Walton
  • 34Hedges
  • 37Bird

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Nsue
  • 4RobertsBooked at 61mins
  • 12Dean
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 38mins
  • 23CotterillSubstituted forAdamsat 69'minutes
  • 27Jota
  • 18Gallagher
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forBogaat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 14Adams
  • 17Ndoye
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Boga
  • 28Morrison
  • 39Trueman
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
12,946

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 2, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Moncur (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Hedges.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Mamadou Thiam replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brad Potts.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Davis.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Che Adams.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Moncur (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Hedges.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Harvey Barnes.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Moncur (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Jeremie Boga replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Marc Roberts tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

  17. Post update

    Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City).

  19. Post update

    Joe Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves16112329151435
2Sheff Utd16110524141033
3Cardiff169432213931
4Bristol City1686226161030
5Aston Villa167542215726
6Derby157442319425
7Ipswich158072622424
8Nottm Forest168082526-124
9Middlesbrough156542013723
10Leeds167272419523
11Sheff Wed166552119223
12Brentford165742521422
13Norwich166461520-522
14Preston165651919021
15QPR165651922-321
16Barnsley155462221119
17Fulham164751819-119
18Reading155371819-118
19Millwall164571717017
20Hull164482830-216
21Burton163491031-2113
22Birmingham163310825-1712
23Bolton162591329-1611
24Sunderland151772030-1010
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