Burnley took another big step towards promotion to the Premier League with a win at relegation-threatened Barnsley to move them 11 points clear in second.

The Clarets could seal promotion with a win over Middlesbrough on Saturday, if Derby lose to Huddersfield.

At Oakwell, Ashley Barnes flicked Michael Kightly's cross into the net with his head for the opener.

He also had an offside goal ruled out as Burnley extended their unbeaten away run in the Championship to 10 games.

Did you know?

Burnley have conceded only 34 league goals so far this season - the fewest in the Championship

They have won five of those games to move within six points of already promoted Leicester - who were beaten at home by Brighton.

Barnsley, who had won two of their previous three games but failed to score in any of their last three home matches, are second from bottom with a five-point gap to safety.

The visitors, who welcomed top scorer Danny Ings back into the team after injury, started well and deservedly took the lead on just seven minutes with their first attack.

Kightly's near-post cross was met first by Barnes, who glanced his header into the top corner.

Barnes then had a goal ruled out for offside before Jacob Mellis and Dale Jennings shot over for Barnsley.

Scott Arfield had a shot blocked for Burnley after the break as the visitors stayed solid to secure another valuable win.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"We're disappointed, of course we are. Anything we could have taken off the team who are second would have been a real confidence booster for us.

"But we move on to Bolton on Saturday. There is still great belief. There's six games to go, 18 points to play for, which is a lot at this stage.

"We're still in with a chance, but it's down to ourselves. It's whether we believe or not that we can push it over the line and I certainly do."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"The next game for us is a big one. We've been focusing on it all season and that won't change.

"They're all tough games, so we'll be preparing for it.

"I've already told the players to enjoy tonight, but we're already prepping, recovering already and getting ready for the weekend.

"The outcome was the main part we were looking for - to come away from here with a 1-0 victory, a clean sheet and our keeper's not had a save to make."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 27 McLaughlin
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 11 Woods (McCourt - 81' )
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 21 Mellis Booked (Noble-Lazarus - 60' )
  • 08 Dawson
  • 10 O'Grady Booked
  • 19 Cywka
  • 16 Jennings

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 12 Hunt
  • 15 Frimpong
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 31 Turner
  • 42 McCourt

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 17 Baird
  • 06 Mee
  • 14 Jones
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly
  • 08 Marney Booked
  • 10 Ings (Treacy - 88' )
  • 30 Barnes
  • 37 Arfield

Substitutes

  • 02 Trippier
  • 07 Wallace
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 22 Stock
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 12,904

Match Stats

Shots

5 10

On target

0 4

Corners

2 3

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnsley 0, Burnley 1.

90:00 +3:20 Full time

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

90:00 +2:37

Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Barnsley).

90:00 +2:37

Chris Baird (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:42

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a set piece situation.

87:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Danny Ings.

86:31

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

86:31

Foul by Chris Baird (Burnley).

83:58 Booking

Booking Dean Marney (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Paddy McCourt replaces Martin Woods.

80:31

Attempt missed. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

75:35

Foul by Martin Woods (Barnsley).

75:35

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:18

Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:18

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

72:16

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross.

72:02

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

68:09

Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

67:36

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

67:36

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:41

Foul by Martin Woods (Barnsley).

66:41

Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:10

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Michael Duff.

62:03

Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:03

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

60:51

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

60:51

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

60:03

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

59:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Jacob Mellis.

59:13

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

57:50

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Luke Steele.

57:45

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

54:08

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

54:08

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

53:21

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:21

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

51:26

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

49:54

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

49:54

Foul by Jason Shackell (Burnley).

47:55 Booking

Booking Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

47:19

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

47:19

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:53

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

46:53

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

45:00

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Burnley 1.

45:00 +3:53 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnsley 0, Burnley 1.

45:00 +2:37

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

45:00 +2:37

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:53

Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:53

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

42:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:35

Delay in match Martin Woods (Barnsley) because of an injury.

39:15

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

39:15

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

37:41

Offside, Burnley. Ashley Barnes tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

35:58

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dean Marney with a headed pass.

34:01

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

34:01

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:35

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:35

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

31:56

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

31:12 Booking

Booking Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

28:50

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

28:50

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

26:04

Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:04

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

25:05

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Ings.

25:04

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

24:41

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:46

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

23:46

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:59

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

21:52

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

21:08

Hand ball by Dean Marney (Burnley).

19:21

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

19:21

Chris Baird (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:53

Offside, Burnley. Michael Kightly tries a through ball, but David Jones is caught offside.

17:10

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

16:19

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

16:19

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:19

Offside, Barnsley. Jacob Mellis tries a through ball, but Dale Jennings is caught offside.

13:45

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

10:55

Offside, Burnley. Dean Marney tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

10:33

Foul by Dale Jennings (Barnsley).

10:33

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Burnley 1. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

5:32

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

5:32

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

3:21

Offside, Burnley. Jason Shackell tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

1:39

Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:39

Dangerous play by Dean Marney (Burnley).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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