Barnsley 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Diogo Jota slides in but clears the Barnsley crossbar from close range
Wolves failed to score in an away league game for the first time since a 2-0 loss at Sheffield United on 27 September

Championship leaders Wolves stretched their unbeaten run in league and cup to 14 games but were held to a goalless draw at Barnsley.

Helder Costa and Diogo Jota had the ball in the net for the visitors, only to be denied by offside flags.

And Jota also struck the crossbar with a fierce second-half drive against a determined Barnsley side.

Adam Hammill and Stevie Mallan had Barnsley's best efforts, but were denied by keeper John Ruddy.

The draw meant Wolves' lead at the top was cut to 10 points by Derby, who won 3-0 at Birmingham City, while Barnsley remained 19th, three points clear of the relegation places.

Paul Heckingbottom's Tykes have now won only once in 13 games, but a point was a satisfactory outcome and new signing Kieffer Moore was given his first run-out as a substitute after the interval.

And they had a chance to snatch victory late on when George Moncur fired with a snapshot from the edge of the area.

Jota carried the biggest threat for Wolves and, after slotting home from Costa's cutback, only to be denied by the linesman, he thumped the woodwork following a quick break and then somehow cleared the bar from two yards when he slid in to meet Ivan Cavaleiro's cross.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo at Oakwell
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was feeling the cold in south Yorkshire

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm pleased with the performance and I enjoyed the game if I'm honest.

"I thought it was really competitive, really high tempo, I thought we played well and you can see why they're top of the league.

"We've had four clean sheets in the last six or seven in the league, which is the right way to go about it."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said:

"If there was going to be a winner it would be Wolves. We didn't concede anything to Barnsley.

"Teams are trying to adapt their shape to our idea. That was not the case of Barnsley. Paul knows what he's doing. There are a lot of teams adapting but that makes you grow.

"It's a challenge knowing that you have to find solutions - grow and play better."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves27195350203062
2Derby27157544232152
3Cardiff27155740251550
4Aston Villa27138639241547
5Bristol City2713864032847
6Sheff Utd27134104031943
7Leeds27134103729843
8Fulham2711974034642
9Middlesbrough27125103527841
10Preston27101163127441
11Brentford27101074135640
12Ipswich27123124039139
13Norwich27107102731-437
14QPR2789103137-633
15Nottm Forest27102153343-1032
16Millwall27710102930-131
17Sheff Wed27710103034-431
18Reading2778123035-529
19Barnsley2769122737-1027
20Hull27510123944-525
21Bolton2767142545-2025
22Burton2766152146-2524
23Birmingham2765161538-2323
24Sunderland27410132947-1822
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