Barnsley 2-1 Wolves

Barnsley's unbeaten run continued as they moved out of the Championship relegation zone with a win over struggling Wolves.

The Tykes are unbeaten in nine games since David Flitcroft took over as manager, but were behind early on when Bjorn Sigurdarson scored.

The home side dominated until Chris Dagnall equalised with a header.

Jacob Mellis grabbed the winner on 73 minutes to give Barnsley a sixth straight win in all competitions.

Lucky 13

  • It is 13 years since Barnsley last lost at home to Wolves, winning four and drawing one.

In sharp contrast to Barnsley's revival since the dismissal of Keith Hill, Wolves are still searching for a first win in seven games under Dean Saunders.

Out of the bottom three in the Championship, Barnsley's run of nine games without defeat have also seen Flitcroft's side earn an FA Cup quarter final at Premier League champions Manchester City .

The night had started well for Wolves, when Sigurdarson latched onto Bakary Sako's precise pass and rolled the ball home after rounding Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele.

But when a shot from Jamie O'Hara that appeared to cross the line after hitting the underside of the bar was not given as a goal, the game swung in the home side's favour.

Marlon Harewood spurned two good chances to equalise before half-time, and Dagnall hit the side-netting seconds before the break, although Sako had fired over and forced Steele into a low save.

Barnsley continued to press after half-time, and they drew level when Dagnall headed in Rory Delap's cross off the post for his eighth goal of the season.

The equaliser spurred Wolves into action, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake curling a shot wide and Sigurdarson bringing a fine save out of Steele.

But Barnsley forced the winner when O'Grady touched Dagnall's cross into the path of Mellis, who side-footed the ball home via a deflection.

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft:

"I said to the lads at half-time that we just needed one goal. Once we got that, I knew we would win the game.

"The performance after getting an incredible draw in the FA Cup was superb. That's why the win is incredibly big - we have had get back to earth.

"On Sunday night, I was dreaming of the Wolves team and Manchester City. I had Sylvan Ebanks-Blake linking up with Sergio Aguero. So I had a sleepless night"

Wolves manager Dean Saunders:

"We just need a bit of luck. Jamie O'Hara's shot might be over the line and we go 2-0 up. We could have scored a few more.

"We have had chances and it's just not going for us at the minute.

"It's a kick in the teeth. Everyone is trying their best. We just need to get one win and then we can relax when we get it front."

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

4 4

Corners

8 6

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:44 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:36

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Bakary Sako.

85:21

Jake Cassidy challenges Rory Delap unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Foster takes the direct free kick.

83:50

Effort from just outside the area by Karl Henry goes over the target.

83:50 Substitution

Substitution Jake Cassidy on for Bjorn Sigurdarson.

83:14

Chris Dagnall challenges David Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy McNulty is brought on as a substitute for Chris O'Grady.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Adam Hammill coming on for David Edwards.

74:59

Martin Cranie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Jack Robinson takes the free kick.

74:04

Bakary Sako fouled by David Perkins, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kaspars Gorkss.

72:15

The assist for the goal came from Chris O'Grady.

72:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Jacob Mellis - Barnsley 2 - 1 Wolves Jacob Mellis scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barnsley 2-1 Wolverhampton.

71:55

Foul by David Edwards on Chris O'Grady, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Perkins.

69:33

Bjorn Sigurdarson takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a fantastic save. Karl Henry produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

68:08

Jason Scotland has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

67:12

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

63:27

Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.

63:27 Substitution

Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with David Davis coming on for Jamie O'Hara.

63:27 Substitution

Substitution Jacob Mellis comes on in place of Jim O'Brien.

63:27 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Harewood goes off and Jason Scotland comes on.

63:27

Foul by Marlon Harewood on Danny Batth, free kick awarded.

63:02

Tom Kennedy decides to take a short corner.

61:42

Unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Tom Kennedy takes the free kick.

60:41

Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.

60:41 Booking

Booking The referee shows Rory Delap a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

60:34

Bakary Sako fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick.

59:44

Jim O'Brien decides to take a short corner.

59:15

Outswinging corner taken by Tom Kennedy, Kevin Foley manages to make a clearance.

57:40

The offside flag is raised against Chris Dagnall. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

56:36

Jim O'Brien is ruled offside. Kaspars Gorkss takes the indirect free kick.

54:21

Chris Dagnall takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

54:03

Chris Dagnall challenges Jack Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.

53:13

Bakary Sako takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Marlon Harewood.

51:15

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Delap. Tom Kennedy restarts play with the free kick. Chris Dagnall is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

50:37

Foul by Jamie O'Hara on Jim O'Brien, free kick awarded. David Perkins takes the free kick.

48:08

Assist by Rory Delap.

48:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Dagnall - Barnsley 1 - 1 Wolves Chris Dagnall grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Barnsley 1-1 Wolverhampton.

47:41

Corner taken by Jim O'Brien.

47:10

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Kennedy from the left by-line, clearance made by Danny Batth.

47:02

The ball is swung over by Jim O'Brien, clearance by Kevin Foley.

45:51

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Marlon Harewood, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Tom Kennedy, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:16

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Dagnall goes wide of the right-hand post.

42:49

Shot by Marlon Harewood from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

39:33

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Marlon Harewood misses to the left of the target.

38:42

Bakary Sako takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.

34:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marlon Harewood by Danny Batth. Jim O'Brien restarts play with the free kick.

33:35

The ball is crossed by Jim O'Brien, Header by Marlon Harewood from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

31:41

Effort on goal by Bakary Sako from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

30:31

Chris O'Grady has an effort at goal. Carl Ikeme makes a comfortable save.

27:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Stephen Foster. Free kick crossed by Bakary Sako, David Perkins makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako, save by Luke Steele.

26:52

Shot by Chris Dagnall from outside the box goes over the target.

24:41

The ball is crossed by Jim O'Brien, clearance by Kevin Foley. Corner taken by Tom Kennedy, Stephen Foster takes a shot. Carl Ikeme makes a comfortable save.

20:40

Kevin Foley fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.

20:27

Tom Kennedy crosses the ball, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.

15:58

Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Chris Dagnall has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

14:12

Shot by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Comfortable save by Luke Steele.

10:27

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Kennedy, save made by Carl Ikeme.

9:49

Jim O'Brien takes a inswinging corner.

6:04

Assist by Bakary Sako.

6:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Bjorn Sigurdarson - Barnsley 0 - 1 Wolves Bjorn Sigurdarson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barnsley 0-1 Wolverhampton.

3:44

Outswinging corner taken by Bakary Sako from the left by-line.

1:46

Foul by Rory Delap on Bakary Sako, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Bakary Sako from right wing, clearance by Chris O'Grady.

0:35

Bakary Sako takes the inswinging corner, Marlon Harewood makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako from the right by-line to the near post, save by Luke Steele.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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