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Barnsley 1-0 Millwall

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien scored the only goal as Barnsley moved to within two points of exiting the relegation zone with a win over fellow strugglers Millwall.

Just four minutes in, O'Brien latched on to a Martin Cranie ball, rounded keeper David Forde and slotted in.

Millwall went close when DJ Campbell shot just wide and Steve Morison had a header excellently saved.

But Barnsley, who had a Peter Ramage header cleared off the goalline, held on to secure the victory.

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Post-match: Millwall boss Ian Holloway

The defeat left Millwall one place above the relegation zone, with the Tykes just two places and two points below them with a game in hand.

Both teams had won just one of their previous 12 league games, and O'Brien's goal, from the first chance of the match, proved the difference.

The visitors gradually came back into the game after the early goal and, after a mistake by Tykes defender Ramage, on-loan striker Campbell shot just wide from the edge of the 18-yard area.

Luke Steele then denied Morison before Ramage's header from a corner was cleared by Shane Lowry.

Millwall, whose only away win of the season came at Charlton in September, rarely looked like getting an equaliser and have gained only three points from their past six games.

Barnsley assistant manager Micky Mellon:

"We know the value of three points at this time of the season and it was much-needed against one of the teams that are down there with us.

"I'm delighted to get the result and collect all three points.

"There was a lot of big performances there and it's those types of performances that are required at this time of the season and we're well aware of that."

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "We've got to stick together as a team. We've got 14 games left, things have got a lot harder after this result but they were going to be hard anyway.

"We stayed up by one point last year, does anybody see it any differently [this year]? It might have been different if we'd got the right result against Barnsley.

"A draw would've kept them [Barnsley] away from us but now that's given them a chance, that's lifted their spirits and we've just got to show some character, which our club is full of."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 12Hunt
  • 4Kennedy
  • 15FrimpongBooked at 87mins
  • 3Ramage
  • 6Cranie
  • 7O'Brien
  • 21MellisSubstituted forDawsonat 45'minutes
  • 10O'Grady
  • 9ProschwitzSubstituted forSheaat 63'minutes
  • 16Jennings

Substitutes

  • 8Dawson
  • 11Woods
  • 14Lawrence
  • 19Cywka
  • 31Turner
  • 33Shea
  • 42McCourt

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 14Fredericks
  • 28MaloneSubstituted forBessoneat 85'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 15UpsonSubstituted forFeeneyat 57'minutes
  • 3Shittu
  • 12Lowry
  • 22Campbell
  • 17Williams
  • 9Morison
  • 27McDonaldBooked at 69minsSubstituted forJacksonat 73'minutes
  • 11Woolford

Substitutes

  • 2Dunne
  • 7Feeney
  • 8Easter
  • 19Jackson
  • 26Abdou
  • 31Bessone
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
9,653

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 1, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Millwall 0.

Offside, Millwall. Martyn Woolford tries a through ball, but DJ Campbell is caught offside.

Foul by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

Shane Lowry (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brek Shea (Barnsley).

Federico Bessone (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jack Hunt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Federico Bessone (Millwall).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Federico Bessone.

Booking

Federico Bessone (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Hunt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Federico Bessone (Millwall).

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

Foul by Danny Shittu (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Federico Bessone replaces Scott Malone.

Brek Shea (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Malone (Millwall).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Forde (Millwall) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Attempt blocked. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Morison.

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Scott Malone (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

Offside, Barnsley. Chris O'Grady tries a through ball, but Dale Jennings is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Simeon Jackson replaces Scott McDonald.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by DJ Campbell.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Luke Steele.

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Shittu.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

Hand ball by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

Booking

Scott McDonald (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3222552771
2Burnley32171232463
3Derby3218772061
4QPR3116871256
5Nottm Forest32141351855
6Reading32148101350
7Wigan3114710849
8Brighton3112109646
9Blackburn3112109346
10Ipswich3211129645
11Leeds3112712443
12Watford32101210542
13Middlesbrough3291310540
14Huddersfield3211714-440
15Sheff Wed3181211036
16Birmingham329914-236
17Bournemouth319913-1436
18Blackpool3281113-1535
19Bolton3271213-1233
20Doncaster327916-2030
21Millwall3261016-2928
22Charlton296914-1427
23Barnsley3151115-2126
24Yeovil316718-2025
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