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21:41 1st November 2011


Barnsley 2 (Davies 48, Gray 59)
Hull City 1 (Fryatt 79)

Hull City arrived at Oakwell having lost just one away game in the league, by twenty to ten the Reds had doubled their defeats on the road. Luke Steele's penalty save in the first half spurred the Reds onto three points as Davies and Gray bagged the goals in a fine 2-1 win.

With Mclean and Drinkwater trying out their shooting boots to no effect early on, Craig Davies glanced a delicious McEveley cross just wide of the post on 11 minutes as Basso rushed out, it was a great header that the striker did well to beat the 'keeper to.

Basso was forced into a neat save from O'Brien on 16 minutes as the Reds had really found some rhythm but Steele was worried at the other end after City burst forward and a shot deflected wide for a corner from Koren - the resulting set-piece saw an effort fizz just over from Chester.

A penalty was awarded against the Reds after Brady went tumbling under the presence of McNulty, much to the dismay of three sides of Oakwell, but Luke Steele denied Fryatt with a super save to his left - tipping the ball onto the post and away in the 27th minute.

Somehow in the 30th minute the Reds failed to capitalise on an O'Brien cross-come-shot, with Gray and Davies both sliding in. And Davies was in again thanks to a wonderfully weighted Butterfield pass, but his effort drifted agonisingly wide.

It was a real end-to-end affair, and Fryatt thought he was in on Steele before McEveley intercepted with a great last-ditch tackle in the 33rd minute.

Three minutes into the second period and the Reds were in front, it was that man Davies - rewarded with a starting place after his goal at the weekend, the striker hitting a sweet finish into the top corner. O'Brien set Gray away down the left, and he cut back for his strike partner to apply the finishing touch.

After Butterfield had tried an audacious trip to beat Basso, the Oakwell crowd really came to life and the diehard supporters were rewarded with a second goal from Andy Gray a minute before the hour. Drinkwater's 20 yard effort was too hot to handle for Basso and Gray duly obliged with the rebound as the Brazilian stopper went sprawling.

Mclean saw a tremendous overhead attempt crack the bar and fly over - such improvisation was well received on all sides of the ground. The visitors made the first change of the match, and it was the goalkeeper Basso who was replaced by Gulacsi.

Luke Steele was again the centre of attention when he denied a McKenna effort that seemed destined for the roof of the net. The midfielder struck his effort with such venom that Steele did well to turn it over with a strong hand.

After City saw three attempts in succession blocked by a valiant Barnsley backline, they did equalise through Fryatt who finished well from 15 yards into the bottom corner. The goal came in the 79th minute just after the Reds had tested Gulacsi through O'Brien and Butterfield.

Steele pulled off another wonderful stop as Fryatt's effort took a mean deflection and was hanging in the air on its way towards goal, but Steele clawed the ball away to safety.

Mclean then fired wide after the veteran Adebola had held strong to knock down for the former Peterborough man to hit a strike. Adebola then had an effort on goal himself, powering a header wide from a City corner.

Davies could have wrapped it up when he was set free down the left, his left-footed effort just lacked the power to beat City's last defender on the line.

Five minutes of added time surprised just about everybody inside Oakwell but the Reds held on for the points after a sensational display of hard work, desire and creativity.

Barnsley: Steele, McEveley, Foster, O'Brien, Davies (Vaz Te 90+3), Perkins, Wiseman, McNulty, Butterfield (Done 90), Drinkwater (Doyle 70), Gray.
Subs: Preece, Edwards.

Hull City: Basso (Gulacsi 66), Rosenior, McKenna, Chester, Hobbs, Evans (Cairney 77), Mclean, Koren, Fryatt, Brady (Adebola 57), Dudgeon.
Subs: McShane, Harper.

Referee: Philip Gibbs
Assistant Referees: Paul Curry and Paul Davison
Fourth Official: Ian Dudley

Attendance: 9869 (1439 away)

    Data provided by Press Association


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