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REPORT: Barnsley 3-0 Bradford City

12 January 2019

The Reds' impressive form continues with a thumping of Yorkshire rivals Bradford City in Sky Bet League One.

Superb first half strikes from Jacob Brown and Kieffer Moore were backed up with a late Alex Mowatt goal as Daniel Stendel's side ran away with this fixture to firm up their promotion credentials, ending Bradford's fine recent run in style here at Oakwell.

The Reds' Head Coach had made two changes to the side that had lost away at Burnley in the FA Cup last weekend, with Kieffer Moore back up front alongside Cauley Woodrow and Jacob Brown in on the right flank instead of Ryan Hedges. 

Despite both sides entering the match in great form, the first 25 minutes here were largely forgettable - a header from Ryan McGowan was planted over the crossbar, and it's fair to say that whilst it was scrappy, the visitors looked on top albeit slightly. 

But then a moment of magic broke the deadlock. With 28 minutes on the clock, Mamadou Thiam played a one-two with Mowatt and the latter hung up a terrific cross to the far post where Brown came to meet it, heading the ball into the opposite corner to give Barnsley the lead. 

Cameron McGeehan thought he'd doubled the lead on 35, but he was adjudged to have handled the cross that he stuck home at the far post, and was duly booked by referee Jeremy Simpson. 

It was 2-0 though just three minutes later as again Thiam and Mowatt combined in style, Mama's back-flick saw Mowatt to the right byline and his flick towards the near post was hooked home by Moore to knock the stuffing out of City and their 3,600 strong crowd in the North Stand.

Right on half time, Moore sent a header just inches over the bar from Thiam's wicked inswinging corner. 

HALF TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Bradford

On 50 minutes, Moore again headed over when well-placed from another inviting Thiam corner as Barnsley remained on top after the interval.

Dimitri Cavaré was a menace all afternoon and twice he sent vicious low drives towards goal, but Richard O'Donnell was equal to both in the Bantams goal.

There was a booking on halfway for Liam Lindsay as Bradford looked to break, and then Brown joined him in the notebook for a challenge wide left.

Mike Bähre was introduced in the 70th minute, replacing Woodrow, and three minutes later Thiam was in on goal, only to slide his shot wide one-on-one. 

Victor Adeboyejo celebrated his birthday by replacing Moore with around 10 minutes left on the clock.

McGowan entered the book on 80 minutes as he tugged back Brown on the right wing, before Mowatt saw yellow for a tackle on halfway. 

O'Donnell then pushed a fierce Thiam effort onto the post and out before George Moncur entered the fray, replacing the Senegalese forward. 

Barnsley sealed the victory when after just seeing his free-kick saved by O'Donnell, Mowatt then went through on goal after a lovely ball from substitute Bähre was flicked on with his head by Brown and Alex tucked home the finish to give the Reds a 3-0 victory.

Adeboyejo nearly made it four on the day when Brown's cut-back found the birthday boy in a crowded box but he was falling back going into the first-time strike and his effort cleared the bar.

But it was a comfortable victory, extending the Reds' unbeaten home run and closing the gap on the sides above them in the race for promotion.

FULL TIME: Barnsley 3-0 Bradford

Davies, Cavaré, Pinnock, Lindsay, Williams, Mowatt, McGeehan, Thiam (Moncur), Brown, Woodrow (Bähre), Moore (Adeboyejo).

Unused: Greatorex, Jackson, Hedges, Dougall.

Att: 14,962 (3,602 away)

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