Michael Kightly struck his first goal of the season as Burnley beat Barnsley to take top spot in the Championship.

The former Wolves striker struck from inside the area in the second half, ensuring Barnsley stay bottom.

Burnley's Sam Vokes had an effort saved and fired over early on, before Paddy McCourt shot over for the visitors.

Barnsley, who still have Micky Mellon in caretaker charge, almost snatched a point but Tomasz Cywka's free-kick late on was saved by Tom Heaton.

Grateful for a good start

Burnley top the Championship and have the best goal difference in the division, despite winning just once in six matches

Burnley went into the game in third spot, despite being without a win in five matches.

Four draws in that period had seen their promotion push temporarily stutter, but Sean Dyche was able to recall top scorer Danny Ings from injury.

After winning at Brighton in midweek, just days after the sacking of David Flitcroft, Barnsley travelled west with fresh optimism, but they were soon under pressure.

Vokes latched onto skipper Jason Shackell's long ball to draw a save from Jack Butland, before going close again seconds later when his volley narrowly cleared the crossbar.

But the visitors grew into the game and went close in the 20th minute when striker Marcus Tudgay played a perfectly weighted through-ball to Cywka, who was denied by the legs of Heaton.

Ings fired acrobatically over early in the second period as the home side built up a sustained period of pressure which proved telling.

Former Barnsley loanee Kieran Trippier played a neat pass to the recalled Kightly, who drove confidently past Butland into the roof of the net from 16 yards. It was Kightly's first goal since scoring for Stoke in their Premier League defeat by Aston Villa in April.

Cywka cracked a free-kick from 35 yards late on which appeared destined for the top corner, only for Heaton to produce a smart fingertip save to ensure Burnley moved top, level on points with Queens Park Rangers and a point clear of Leicester City.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"I've read this week that we've been going through a mini-slump. Well, we've dropped from the top to third place, and then back to the top, I hardly see that as a crisis.

"It was a marvellous moment of quality that won the game for us. It was a fantastic goal from Michael.

"On our day we can match anyone in this division. We just needed to work out a way to win the second half, and we got there in the end."

Barnsley caretaker manager Micky Mellon:

"I've not been told anything by the board. I don't know whether I'll still be here tomorrow, never mind being in change for the Yeovil game next weekend.

"It's been a difficult period, but the players have shown that they are up for the fight and we had a right good go."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 14 Jones
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 37 Arfield
  • 22 Stock (Edgar - 76' )
  • 09 Vokes
  • 10 Ings
  • 19 Kightly (Stanislas - 86' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 03 Lafferty
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 28 Long
  • 33 Hewitt
  • 35 Noble

Barnsley

  • 12 Butland
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 11 Perkins
  • 06 Cranie
  • 03 Ramage
  • 21 Mellis
  • 23 Etuhu (Scotland - 69' )
  • 50 Tudgay Booked
  • 19 Cywka (O'Brien - 76' )
  • 42 McCourt (Pedersen - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 07 O'Brien
  • 08 Dawson
  • 09 Scotland
  • 20 Pedersen
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 34 Fox
Ref: James Adcock
Att: 11,462

Match Stats

Shots

16 14

On target

4 3

Corners

8 9

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 1, Barnsley 0.

90:00 +4:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Barnsley 0.

90:00 +4:26 Booking

Booking Junior Stanislas (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:59

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +3:06

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

90:00 +1:09

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Mee.

90:00 +1:04

Attempt blocked. Jason Scotland (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

87:50

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier following a set piece situation.

87:28

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

87:28

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:36

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:36

Foul by David Edgar (Burnley).

85:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Michael Kightly.

84:35

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Peter Ramage.

84:31

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

84:13

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

84:08

Attempt blocked. Jason Scotland (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Marcus Pedersen replaces Patrick McCourt.

81:48

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Mee.

81:07

Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:52

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:30

Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jim O'Brien replaces Tomasz Cywka.

75:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. David Edgar replaces Brian Stock.

74:25

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) header from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Perkins with a cross following a corner.

74:07

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

73:24

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

73:03

Attempt saved. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

72:15

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:15

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

70:56

Offside, Burnley. Scott Arfield tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

70:29

Foul by Jason Scotland (Barnsley).

70:29

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Kelvin Etuhu.

64:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Barnsley 0. Michael Kightly (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

64:36

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

64:36

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:48

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

58:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:19

Delay in match Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) because of an injury.

56:56

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

56:53

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

55:40

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by David Jones with a headed pass.

54:57

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

54:23 Booking

Booking Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

54:15

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).

54:15

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:46

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

52:25

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

52:05

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Barnsley).

52:05

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:26

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:26

Foul by Brian Stock (Burnley).

50:26

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

48:46

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

48:46

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:09

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

45:23

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).

45:23

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 0, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 0, Barnsley 0.

44:12

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).

44:12

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:16

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:16

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

42:37

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Ings.

41:29

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:29

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

40:51

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

40:51

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:15

Attempt saved. Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

37:22

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:22

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

36:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:57

Delay in match Michael Duff (Burnley) because of an injury.

35:11

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Brian Stock.

35:09

Attempt blocked. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

34:37

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Jones with a headed pass.

33:56

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

33:05

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

33:05

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:56

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

26:30

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:34

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Wiseman with a cross.

20:36

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

20:32

Attempt saved. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick McCourt with a through ball.

19:39

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

18:37

Offside, Burnley. Michael Kightly tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

17:35

Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:35

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

16:06

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:06

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

15:48

Attempt blocked. Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Tudgay.

14:16

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:16

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

11:47

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

10:30

Peter Ramage (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:30

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

9:49

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

9:49

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:25

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Brian Stock.

9:21

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

8:45

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

8:05

Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Ben Mee is caught offside.

6:26

Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

5:29

Attempt missed. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Perkins.

4:41

Attempt blocked. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

3:05

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

1:57

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Shackell.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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