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Barnsley 1-1 Burton Albion

Luke Varney's scores the goal to ensure Burton's safety
Varney goal was Burton's first-ever against Barnsley

Substitute Luke Varney scored his first goal for Burton Albion to help confirm their Championship status with a nervy draw at Barnsley.

A poor Burton clearance allowed George Moncur to drill home the opener.

Brewers keeper Stephen Bywater made a string of saves before Varney met a Lasse Vigen Christensen corner to head home with his first touch.

John Brayford also made an important late block on Tom Bradshaw as Burton held on to guarantee their survival.

Nigel Clough's Brewers were rarely troubled by the hosts before John Mousinho's miscued ball out of defence was pounced upon and Moncur coolly finished.

The visitors themselves failed to seriously threaten before the break, with a wayward Jackson Irvine header moments before Moncur's strike their best chance.

The Tykes pressed for a second, with Bywater making a number of crucial interventions, including a fine effort to keep Angus MacDonald's acrobatic overhead kick out in the 51st minute.

Varney, a January arrival from Ipswich Town, made an immediate impact, scoring Burton's first-ever goal against the Tykes as he nodded beyond Adam Davies to equalise from a corner.

The forward continued to threaten as he twice tested Davies, while Kyle McFadzean went close to scoring an own goal when he sliced an attempted clearance from a Moncur cross narrowly wide of Bywater's right-hand post.

Brayford's intervention late on earned Burton the point they needed to be certain of remaining in the division for a second season, while the draw leaves the Tykes winless in nine games at Oakwell.

Barnsley coach Jamie Clapham:

"Today was always going to be difficult because we knew they were always going to get bodies behind the ball, make it tough and slow the game down, so it's nothing we didn't expect.

"Unfortunately, we just didn't have the quality to open them up. The quality that we did have was in the first half on the counter-attack and it was good, intricate play to score the goal.

"The players gave everything for the Barnsley shirt, as they have done all season, but it was incredibly difficult to break down that yellow wall.

"The season's not over. We're really looking forward to going to Newcastle and spoiling their party."

Burton boss Nigel Clough:

"I'd say this is our greatest achievement because of the clubs we have been up against this season and the strength of the league.

"To get 52 points and survive is a bigger achievement than actually reaching the Championship.

"We have had to play the likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday, week in, week out, so there are no easy games.

"You look at the resources and we are on a par with a lot of teams in League One, but we're not on a par with anyone in the Championship.

"You have to embrace that and say 'we are the smallest club' and get like-minded players who want to come and fight against the odds."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 29JonesBooked at 32minsSubstituted forMowattat 66'minutes
  • 18Jackson
  • 5MacDonald
  • 38ElderSubstituted forHedgesat 90+4'minutes
  • 6Scowen
  • 36James
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forA Armstrongat 81'minutes
  • 40Kent
  • 20Bradshaw
  • 15Watkins

Substitutes

  • 11Lee
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Evans
  • 27Mowatt
  • 28Williams
  • 32A Armstrong
  • 34Hedges

Burton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Bywater
  • 4Mousinho
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Turner
  • 3Brayford
  • 24Christensen
  • 30Murphy
  • 36IrvineSubstituted forAkinsat 45'minutes
  • 2FlanaganBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMcCroryat 77'minutes
  • 9Sordell
  • 28KightlySubstituted forVarneyat 51'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 10Akins
  • 11Dyer
  • 12Woodrow
  • 14McCrory
  • 15Naylor
  • 19Varney
  • 27Campbell
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,952

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 1, Burton Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Burton Albion 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Callum Elder.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match John Brayford (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matthew James (Barnsley).

  9. Post update

    Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

  11. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Booking

    Luke Varney (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by John Brayford.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Callum Elder (Barnsley).

  15. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Armstrong replaces George Moncur.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory replaces Tom Flanagan.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton45288973393492
2Newcastle452871082404291
3Reading45257136462282
4Sheff Wed452491259431681
5Huddersfield45256145655181
6Fulham4521141083562777
7Leeds452281560461474
8Norwich4519101681691267
9Derby451812155349466
10Brentford4518101774621264
11Preston451614156462262
12Aston Villa451613164647-161
13Cardiff451611185761-459
14Barnsley451513176464058
15Wolves451510205358-555
16Ipswich451316164855-755
17Bristol City45159216065-554
18QPR45158225262-1053
19Burton451313194759-1252
20Birmingham451214194464-2050
21Nottm Forest45139235972-1348
22Blackburn451115195064-1448
23Wigan451011243956-1741
24Rotherham4557333997-5822
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