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REPORT: Barnsley 1-0 Middlesbrough

22 February 2020

Barnsley claimed three vital points with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.

Conor Chaplin's goal 18 minutes from time was enough to secure back-to-back wins for the Reds, as their fight for survival intensifies.

Head Coach, Gerhard Struber had made just the one change to the starting XI that had beaten Fulham last weekend with Luke Thomas dropping to the bench and Clarke Oduor starting, as the Reds lined up with three at the back to match up their visitors.

In terrible conditions at Oakwell, it was Boro who began the brightest and Struber had Aapo Halme to thank inside the first five minutes as the big Finn was there to block Marvin Johnson's effort with the forward looking set to open the scoring.

But Barnsley soon took control and enjoyed a ten minute period of play where they did everything but take the lead. There were chances for Jacob Brown and Alex Mowatt on the edge of the box but both efforts were deflected a yard wide of goal, before Chaplin - taking advantage of a quickly taken corner kick - lashed a powerful a foot wide of the near post. 

Despite the Reds remaining most likely to score for the remainder of the half, the game became very scrappy with little noteworthy action before right on half time, Oduor flashed in a low cross that Chaplin met first time but the shot was tame and easily stopped low down by Boro 'keeper Aynsley Pears. 

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Boro

The game followed a similar pattern upon the restart, with Alex Mowatt firing over on the edge of the box after a well-worked breakaway from Brown down the right flank. 

As we entered the last 20 minutes, Woodrow tried his luck once again, 18 yards out but his shot was straight at Pears. 

But the goal finally arrived in the 72nd minute as Chaplin, who'd not been having the best of games to that point was on hand inside the box to fire in after first seeing an effort crack against the Boro crossbar. 

The goalscorer was replaced in the 80th minute, Thomas on his place as Struber looked for more energy in an effort to close out the game.

It was almost an instant impact for Thomas as he teed up Woodrow on the edge of the Boro penalty area but the latter dragged his effort over the crossbar.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Boro

Reds: Collins, J.Williams, Sollbauer, Halme, Oduor, Ludewig, Mowatt, Bähre (Ritzmaier), Woodrow, Chaplin (Thomas), Brown.

Unused: Walton, B.Williams, Dougall, Schmidt, Simoes.

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