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Burnley 1-0 Barnsley

Michael Kightly celebrates

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.

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."

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 14Jones
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 37Arfield
  • 22StockSubstituted forEdgarat 76'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 10Ings
  • 19KightlySubstituted forStanislasat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 28Long
  • 33Hewitt
  • 35Noble

Barnsley

Formation 4-5-1

  • 12Butland
  • 14Wiseman
  • 4Kennedy
  • 11Perkins
  • 6Cranie
  • 3Ramage
  • 21Mellis
  • 23EtuhuSubstituted forScotlandat 69'minutes
  • 50TudgayBooked at 55mins
  • 19CywkaSubstituted forO'Brienat 76'minutes
  • 42McCourtSubstituted forPedersenat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 7O'Brien
  • 8Dawson
  • 9Scotland
  • 20Pedersen
  • 22Mvoto
  • 34Fox
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
11,462

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home16
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 1, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Barnsley 0.

  3. Booking

    Junior Stanislas (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by David Edgar (Burnley).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Michael Kightly.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Marcus Pedersen replaces Patrick McCourt.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley19116230131739
2QPR19116222101239
3Leicester19122531211038
4Derby19104540261434
5Nottm Forest198742922731
6Reading198742822631
7Blackpool198742321231
8Leeds199372923630
9Ipswich198563024629
10Brighton197752418628
11Huddersfield197572523226
12Watford196763027325
13Blackburn196672222024
14Wigan186481920-122
15Bolton195772023-322
16Bournemouth196492436-1222
17Millwall195682337-1421
18Middlesbrough194873030020
19Birmingham195592426-220
20Doncaster195591731-1420
21Charlton194691623-718
22Yeovil1944111626-1016
23Sheff Wed182882029-914
24Barnsley1935111837-1914
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