Ryan McLaughlin was inches away from earning 10-man Barnsley a win over play-off-chasing Brighton and helping in their battle to avoid the drop.

The midfielder headed against the crossbar in the second half before Kelvin Etuhu was sent off for two bookings in two minutes.

Leonardo Ulloa and Kazenga LuaLua had chances for the Seagulls, who are now winless in five games.

Barnsley remain third from bottom, two points adrift of Charlton.

A welcome relief for Danny Wilson

Barnsley's clean sheet against Brighton was only their sixth this season

After promotion-chasing rivals Reading beat the Addicks, Oscar Garcia's Brighton side are five points off the play-offs.

Despite their lowly position, Barnsley began the brighter of the two sides at Oakwell and went close when Dale Jennings, searching for his third goal in three games, picked up a loose ball on the left-hand corner of the Albion 18-yard box before curling a right-footed attempt which was collected by Tomasz Kuszczak in the Brighton goal.

The away side had plenty of possession but failed to carve out a meaningful chance until the 36th minute when Ulloa's effort was deflected wide.

Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele was forced to smother a dangerous low cross from Solly March seven minutes after the restart before Danny Wilson's men almost edged in front as Tom Kennedy's whipped cross was met by McLaughlin, who hit the woodwork.

Tykes defender Jean-Yves M'Voto should have put the hosts ahead with 20 minutes to play but he headed narrowly wide of the left-hand upright from inside the six-yard area following another Kennedy cross.

At the other end, Jesse Lingard then pulled the ball back for Albion top-scorer Ulloa and the former Almeria man placed a side-footed finish past Steele only to see the goal-bound effort cleared by full-back Etuhu.

Etuhu was then dismissed for two yellow cards following two challenges on Brighton substitute LuaLua.

LuaLua had only been on the pitch for 13 minutes before the red card and after the second challenge, a cynical shirt pull, he smashed the resultant free-kick inches wide.

Danny Wilson, Barnsley manager, on the dismissal of Kelvin Etuhu:

"The first booking was shocking . . . nothing wrong with it. [It was] a shoulder charge, he comes away with the ball, he's too strong for the boy, just eases him out of the way. It's not even a foul, let alone a booking. The second booking I'll accept.

"I think throughout the game there were lots of questionable decisions which I think everybody was confused about - not just our bench but theirs as well.

"Etuhu was outstanding again today and I felt with him on the pitch we would've gone on to win but that was taken away from us."

Oscar Garcia, Brighton manager:

"I think we were the better side and we created the best chances but we didn't take them.

"In the last two games we have shown a lot of character. We didn't play so well in the first half but in the second half we played much better and we created chances.

"This is the way to go and the way to win the games. When the opposition had to play with one man less we put on an extra striker to try and create more chances."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 23 Etuhu Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 08 Dawson
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 27 McLaughlin (Proschwitz - 65' )
  • 14 Lawrence Booked
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 19 Cywka (Hunt - 78' )
  • 16 Jennings

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 11 Woods
  • 12 Hunt
  • 15 Frimpong
  • 31 Turner
  • 42 McCourt

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 14 Calderón
  • 17 Ward Booked
  • 04 Andrews
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 27 March
  • 06 Stephens
  • 19 Ulloa Booked
  • 35 Lingard (Mackail-Smith - 78' )
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez Booked (Lua Lua - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 05 Dunk
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 15 Chicksen
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 21 D. López
  • 25 Lua Lua
Ref: Tony Harrington
Att: 10,195

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

3 1

Corners

3 5

Fouls

16 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnsley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

90:00 +2:28

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +2:28

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

90:00 +2:11

Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

90:00 +1:36

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:33

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Mackail-Smith.

90:00 +0:41

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Craig Mackail-Smith is caught offside.

89:31

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

89:31

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:58

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris O'Grady.

86:47

Attempt saved. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

86:17

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

86:17

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

84:10

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:10

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley).

82:27

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

82:27

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:46

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jack Hunt replaces Tomasz Cywka.

77:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Jesse Lingard.

76:57

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dale Stephens following a set piece situation.

75:24 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) for a bad foul.

75:18

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:18

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

74:15

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

74:15

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

73:41 Booking

Booking Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:31

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:31

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

71:59

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

71:59

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:29

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

69:55

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:55

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

69:35

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

69:35

Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:07

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a set piece situation.

69:00

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Lawrence.

68:02

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

68:02

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:38

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

65:38

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

64:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Nick Proschwitz replaces Ryan McLaughlin.

62:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces David Rodríguez.

60:37

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

59:13

Hand ball by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

58:34

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:34

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

56:56

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

56:41

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:41

Foul by Dale Jennings (Barnsley).

56:02

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ryan McLaughlin.

54:54

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

54:23

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

51:49

Ryan McLaughlin (Barnsley) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

50:36

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kelvin Etuhu.

50:04

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ryan McLaughlin.

49:32

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:32

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

49:17

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:17

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

48:43

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

48:43

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

46:27

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

46:27

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

46:02

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:02

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

45:44

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

45:44

Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnsley 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

45:00 +1:17

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dale Jennings.

41:56

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

41:56

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:04 Booking

Booking Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

40:55

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

40:55

Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:14

Hand ball by Dale Jennings (Barnsley).

39:16 Booking

Booking Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:14

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:14

Foul by Liam Lawrence (Barnsley).

38:32

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

35:49

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

35:48

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

33:14

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:14

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley).

32:30

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

31:21

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

31:21

Ryan McLaughlin (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:38

Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

30:34

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:40 Booking

Booking David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:36

Foul by David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion).

29:36

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:36

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

26:36

Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:39

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Solly March.

21:24

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

20:38 Booking

Booking Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:30

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

20:30

Ryan McLaughlin (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:23

Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

18:49

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

15:40

Attempt saved. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:52

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:52

Foul by Liam Lawrence (Barnsley).

11:54

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

10:45

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:45

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

9:19

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

9:10

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Lawrence.

8:02

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

8:02

Ryan McLaughlin (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:44

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

5:44

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:18

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelvin Etuhu.

2:08

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

2:08

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:06

Delay in match David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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