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REPORT: Barnsley 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

2 October 2018

Despite the perfect start at Oakwell, it's a score draw for Barnsley in Sky Bet League One.

The Reds were held to a draw by bottom-of-the-table Plymouth Argyle tonight with both goals arriving in a frantic first half.

Daniel Stendel had made three changes to the side that had beaten Fleetwood Town at the weekend - Mike Bähre, Jacob Brown and George Moncur dropped out for the returning Ryan Hedges, Victor Adeboyejo and goalscorer at the seaside Mamadou Thiam.

It was Thiam who had the game's first effort here, inside two minutes, from the left corner of the box he tried to curl home with power but Argyle 'keeper Matt Macey pulled off an excellent one-handed save to tip the ball over for a corner kick.

Just five minutes later and the early goal that Stendel craved came for Barnsley. 

Again, Thiam was denied by Macey from 12 yards out following a great low cross by Dimitri Cavaré but from the resulting short corner, Ryan Hedges and Thiam worked space wide left allowing the on-rushing Alex Mowatt to bend home first-time, into the net via the crossbar. A spectacular goal and the perfect start for Daniel Stendel's side.

Stuart O'Keefe was booked by referee Carl Boyeson on 10 minutes and five minutes later it was the same man who had the away side's first real effort of the game when he tried an ambitious half-volley from the edge of the box which dipped, but dipped too late, missing Adam Davies' bar by a foot or so.

On 20 minutes, another great run amd cross by Cavaré saw Victor Adeboyejo strike first time, but Argyle's Ryan Edwards blocked the shot on the line to keep the score at 1-0.

Argyle went so close to an equaliser on 24 minutes as Freddie Ladapo was played into the box in fine style but his shot as he was closed by Davies was well-saved by the Reds skipper one-on-one.

On the half-hour mark an even bigger chance fell the Pilgrims' way when Ruben Lameiras played in Ladapo once more, but once more the striker failed in front of goal, prodding his effort wide of the post from six yards out.

Dani Pinillos was cautioned by the referee for a lunge on the tricky Graham Carey on halfway. And it was one-way stuff at this stage, the visitors well on top.

Plymouth did level the game, on 40 minutes when Ruben Lameiras was allowed to dribble across the edge of the box before firing into the bottom corner beyond the despairing dive of Davies.

The goal came with the Reds a man down, Pinillos receiving treatment and he limped off for Brad Potts following the goal.

In first half injury time, Kieffer Moore took aim from 25 yards out and his powerful effort was turned round the posts by Macey.

HALF TIME: Barnsley 1-1 Plymouth

The second half started with the visitors on the front foot; Carey flashed an effort low and hard, just past the far post.

With seven minutes played the Reds tested Macey again, Mowatt with a terrific effort that the young 'keeper pushed behind for a corner.

Potts thumped a header just wide on 57 minutes before Stendel put Mike Bähre on for Adeboyejo as the Reds looked to stamp their authority on proceedings.

A couple of minutes later and Moore somehow skied an effort from inside the box with the goal at his mercy, following great work by Potts.

Moore tried his luck again from 30 yards out forcing Macey into another world-class save to his left, one-handed and behind for a corner.

The Reds were knocking on the door with 15 minutes remaining.

Lameiras then chipped a cross towards the back stick on a counter raid, but it dropped onto the crossbar with Davies scrambling.

End-to-end stuff with just 10 minutes left on the clock. 

Thiam made way for George Moncur with just five minutes of the game remaining.

Within seconds Moncur was involved, linking well with fellow sub Bähre who turned on a sixpence before firing a shot inches over the crossbar.

Despite some rather tired efforts during the four added minutes at the end of the game, it ended honours even at Oakwell, which was probably a fair result.

FULL TIME: Barnsley 1-1 Plymouth

Davies, Cavaré, Jackson, Pinnock, Pinillos (Potts), Dougall, Mowatt, Hedges, Thiam (Moncur), Adeboyejo (Bähre), Moore.

Att: 10,717 (255 away)


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