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Barnsley 1-1 West Bromwich Albion: Tykes hold high-flying Baggies for second time

Finnish defender Aapo Halme rescued Barnsley with his third goal in the Tykes' last six home games
Finnish defender Aapo Halme rescued Barnsley with his third goal in the Tykes' last six home games

Barnsley came from behind thanks to Finnish defender Aapo Halme's 90th-minute equaliser at Oakwell as they drew with West Bromwich Albion for the second time this season.

But the point for the Baggies, now unbeaten in 14 games, ensured that they would remain top of the Championship, no matter how Leeds United fared in their late kick-off at home to Preston.

As it is, after Leeds matched their 1-1 draw, Slaven Bilic's side ended Boxing Day as they had begun it, still three points clear, but with a slightly reduced gap to the chasing pack, 11 clear of third-placed Brentford.

Struggling Barnsley showed what they are capable of when they led 2-0 at the Hawthorns earlier in the season, only to be hit by two late Albion goals in a 2-2 draw. But this time the boot was on the other foot when West Brom led before Halme met Conor Chaplin's cross to level from close range and earn a deserved point.

Albion, who have not won at Oakwell since August 1947, looked on course to put that right when they scored after just five minutes thanks to a real Christmas gift from Barnsley goalkeeper Sami Radlinger.

Filip Krovinovic had not scored in over two years, since a 3-1 win for Benfica against Estoril in December 2017
Filip Krovinovic had not scored in over two years, since a 3-1 win for Benfica against Estoril in December 2017

Radlinger's miscued his left-footed clearance straight to Filip Krovinovic. And, from 30 yards out, the Croatian midfielder cashed in, coolly returning it back over the Tykes keeper's head.

Summer signing Krovinovic's first goal for Albion - his first in over two years - made him the 15th different Albion player to score this season.

It looked set to earn a ninth win in 13 away games, but battling Barnsley's pressure finally told as Albion were forced to settle for their second 1-1 draw of the festive season.

After the hosts had the better of the chances in the first half, the Tykes were so close to levelling when Jacob Brown's volley was kept out by a wonder save from Sam Johnstone, who also kept out a Luke Thomas curler after the break.

On a day when relegation rivals Luton Town and Wigan Athletic were both denied victory by injury-time equalisers and Stoke City won late on, Halme's leveller at least prevented Barnsley from slipping to the foot of the table.

But it could not prevent Albion from stretching their unbeaten streak to the club's best in the league in well over a century - since a 17-match run without defeat from December 1901 to March 1902.

Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber:

"West Brom were, as expected, a difficult team as league leaders but, after this game, I am very happy with this team. We were the better team with the better chances.

"I feel good. I am very happy with our performance. We were very disciplined and created a lot of chances. We had the right mentality and character and right match plan.

"We are not a relegation team. The points will come if we have the attitude like this. We have the right mentality to win games.

"A young team we never give up and with this attitude we can beat opponents. We have the right quality and also the right character to stay in this league."

Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"Of course I am disappointed when you concede late and not get the three points but they did create a lot of chances in the second half.

"We knew it was going to be hard because they've recently got a really good record and are playing good football, especially at home.

"Barnsley are a good team. They run a lot and they came into our box with four, five or six players. But I expected us to be more clinical.

"It is a sticky period, I'm never happy with a point but we have to take it. When we conceded, we were disappointed but, to be fair, they deserved it."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 2Williams
  • 5DiabyBooked at 11mins
  • 6Andersen
  • 22Oduor
  • 16Thomas
  • 24Halme
  • 27MowattSubstituted forBähreat 90+6'minutes
  • 9Woodrow
  • 7BrownSubstituted forSchmidtat 72'minutes
  • 11Chaplin

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 4Dougall
  • 10Bähre
  • 19Schmidt
  • 21Sibbick
  • 28Simoes Inacio
  • 40Collins

West Brom

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 26HegaziBooked at 90mins
  • 3GibbsSubstituted forTownsendat 89'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 8Livermore
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 7KrovinovicBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBarryat 77'minutes
  • 15AustinSubstituted forZohoreat 62'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 9Zohore
  • 10Phillips
  • 14Townsend
  • 18Barry
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 27O'Shea
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
17,049

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Mike-Steven Bähre replaces Alex Mowatt.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

  5. Post update

    Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Booking

    Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Luke Thomas (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Barnsley 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Aapo Halme (Barnsley) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Clarke Oduor with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Conor Townsend replaces Kieran Gibbs because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu tries a through ball, but Matheus Pereira is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

  16. Post update

    Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bambo Diaby.

  18. Booking

    Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Luke Thomas (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

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