Chris O'Grady scored a second-half penalty to earn struggling Barnsley a draw with play-off hopefuls Blackburn.

The hosts took the lead through debutant Nick Proschwitz, but goals from Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede meant they trailed at the break.

O'Grady levelled matters from the spot after Liam Lawrence was brought down in the box by Grant Hanley.

And Rovers suffered a further setback when midfielder Lee Williamson was carried off on a stretcher.

Blackburn started the brighter and Tykes goalkeeper Luke Steele had to be alert to keep out Cairney, Gestede and Jordan Rhodes before Proschwitz opened the scoring at the other end.

The Hull loanee fired past Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson having earlier been denied by the former England international.

Cairney's superb 25-yard effort brought the visitors back level before Gestede put them in front on the stroke of half-time after good work from David Dunn.

But Barnsley manager Danny Wilson introduced midfielders Lawrence and Tomasz Cywka in the 62nd minute, and it was the former who won the penalty for the equaliser as Hanley bundled him over.

O'Grady sent Robinson the wrong way from the spot to salvage a draw for the hosts, with Williamson leaving the field soon after following lengthy treatment.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"I am happy with a point because to go behind against a quality side like Blackburn and fight back like we did.

"In the first half they gave us a lesson. They passed us to death at times and we didn't get to grips with it at all.

"They picked up the ball in midfield and played through us. Getting them in at half-time was a bonus from my point of view at only being a goal down. We got away with it. We have to be honest."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"The [penalty] decision is not acceptable. It cannot be. Jordan Rhodes gets flattened in the penalty box. I spoke to the referee but it didn't make me feel any better.

"You should be talking about how well we played, especially in the first half. We were outstanding.

"Their goal came against the run of play but we didn't panic. We just kept playing the way we play and scored two very good goals."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 05 Nyatanga (Cywka - 55' )
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 08 Dawson Booked (Digby - 45' )
  • 03 Ramage
  • 06 Cranie
  • 33 Shea
  • 07 O'Brien
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 16 Jennings (Lawrence - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Lawrence
  • 17 Digby
  • 19 Cywka
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 30 Dibble
  • 42 McCourt

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 27 Henley
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe Booked
  • 05 Hanley
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 45 Cairney
  • 08 Dunn (Taylor - 64' )
  • 39 Gestede
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 17 Williamson (King - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 07 King
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 14 Olsson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 24 Morris
  • 31 Mahoney
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 9,703

Match Stats

Shots

14 20

On target

4 6

Corners

6 6

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90:00 +9:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90:00 +8:29

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

90:00 +7:25

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

90:00 +6:23

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +6:23

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

90:00 +3:09

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a cross.

90:00 +2:18

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brek Shea.

90:00 +1:45

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +1:45

Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

89:01

Hand ball by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

86:48

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

86:48

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

86:09

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

85:25

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

84:49

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

84:49

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

83:30

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:30

Foul by Brek Shea (Barnsley).

80:48

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:48

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

80:17

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

80:15

Attempt blocked. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

79:50

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

79:46

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon with a headed pass.

78:46

Offside, Barnsley. Luke Steele tries a through ball, but Nick Proschwitz is caught offside.

78:11

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

78:11

Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:17

Attempt missed. Martin Cranie (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Lawrence with a cross following a corner.

77:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Lee Williamson because of an injury.

70:37

Delay in match Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

70:25

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

68:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

67:21

Penalty conceded by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

67:21

Penalty Barnsley. Liam Lawrence draws a foul in the penalty area.

66:35

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Brek Shea.

65:16

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:16

Dangerous play by Brek Shea (Barnsley).

64:21

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:21

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

63:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces David Dunn.

61:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Liam Lawrence replaces Dale Jennings.

60:06

Attempt saved. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brek Shea.

57:03 Booking

Booking Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

56:22

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

55:30

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Adam Henley.

54:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Tomasz Cywka replaces Lewin Nyatanga.

53:52

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

51:16

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

51:16

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:53

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Dunn.

49:23

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

48:48

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

47:52

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Dunn.

45:00

Second Half begins Barnsley 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Paul Digby replaces Stephen Dawson.

45:00 +3:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnsley 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

43:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Dunn.

41:34

Attempt blocked. Martin Cranie (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

41:02

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

37:40

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:40

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley).

35:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

35:25

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

34:58

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

33:11

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

31:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:44

Delay in match Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

30:27

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Henley with a cross.

28:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dale Jennings with a cross.

27:37 Booking

Booking Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:53

David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:53

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

26:08

Hand ball by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

25:28

Offside, Barnsley. Stephen Dawson tries a through ball, but Brek Shea is caught offside.

22:12

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

21:38

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

20:34

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

19:33

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:33

Foul by Peter Ramage (Barnsley).

19:07

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes tries a through ball, but David Dunn is caught offside.

18:40

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

16:49

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:49

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

16:21

Attempt saved. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

15:27

Attempt blocked. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Henley with a cross.

12:30

Attempt missed. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

9:42

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:42

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

8:29

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

7:36

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

6:41

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

4:23

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Steele.

4:17

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

2:09

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:09

Foul by Brek Shea (Barnsley).

1:46

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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