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REPORT: Barnsley 2-0 Accrington

9 March 2019

Another three points on the board for the Reds as they see off a spirited Stanley outfit here at Oakwell.

A first Oakwell strike for Dimitri Cavaré and a Will Wood own goal towards the end of the first half saw Barnsley to another victory, stretching their unbeaten league run to 16 matches. 

With Jacob Brown and Cameron McGeehan serving suspensions for their respective misdemeanours at Southend United last weekend, Reds Head Coach, Daniel Stendel drafted in Jordan Green for his first Reds start and there was a starting place also for German midfielder Mike Bähre.

Barnsley started brightly enough, the football on show was pleasing on the eye as always but the early goal never came. 

This despite the best efforts of Cauley Woodrow and Alex Mowatt who both saw shots from just outside the box fly inches wide of either post. 

We had to wait until the 33rd minute before Accrington showed their offensive game. A long-range effort had dip and swerve on it and Adam Davies - making his 200th Reds appearance - couldn't hold the shot but did excellently well to deal with the rebound, charging down the ball and claiming ahead of the onrushing striker.

The Reds did take the lead at last when Woodrow played a diagonal low ball towards the far side and Stanley defenders hesitated, allowing the marauding Cavaré to sneak in on the right angle of the box, and with Accrington 'keeper Maxted rushing out, Dimi slotted it into the empty net beyond him for 1-0.

That lead doubled on the stroke of half time. Some great footwork from Mama Thiam wide left, then an inviting cross which was missed by Maxted but not by Wood, his defender, and the ball ricocheted off the unfortunate centre half and into the net.

HALF TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Accrington

Right after the restart, Green fired a low shot in from the edge of the box, it hit the foot of the left hand post, rolled back across goal and away from danger. 

Jordan Williams replaced Green on the hour mark, before Dani Pinillos saw yellow for a slide tackle in the corner of his own defensive third.

Billy Kee, the Stanley substitute then blazed wide when a lucky bounce saw him clean through on goal. 

Maxted pulled off a wonderful, one-handed stop on the line to deny Liam Lindsay's bullet header from Mowatt's wicked delivery.

Another Accrington sub in Paul Smyth went close on 80 minutes but his shot from the angle of the box slid a foot wide.

Callum Styles made his Reds debut from the bench and linked superbly with Bähre around the box before Mike's effort was turned behind brilliantly by Maxted in goal.

It was a pleasing performance for Barnsley, and they are in good form heading into another two tough fixtures next week.

FULL TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Accrington

Davies, Cavaré, Pinnock, Lindsay, Pinillos, Green (J.Williams), Dougall, Mowatt, Thiam (Styles), Bähre (Hedges), Woodrow.

Att: 11,533 (281 away)


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