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Brentford 0-0 Barnsley

Barnsley keeper Adam Davies clears the ball
Barnsley keeper Adam Davies has kept only three clean sheets in 25 games this season

Barnsley held on to end a run of five Championship defeats with a goalless draw against Brentford.

Both sides had chances to snatch victory in a hard-fought encounter.

Brentford's Yoann Barbet drilled a shot past Adam Davies' post from 25 yards before Tom Bradshaw poked Harvey Barnes' cross just over for the Tykes.

Ollie Watkins almost earned the Bees all three points deep in second-half stoppage time, but his close-range effort was kept out by Davies.

Barnsley's clean sheet was their first in their past 18 Championship away games, a run stretching back to a 2-0 win at Blackburn in April.

But they have scored only once in their past six games and are just four points above the relegation zone.

Brentford, meanwhile, extended their unbeaten league run at Griffin Park to 10 games, although seven of those have ended level.

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"We had a very good first half, made chances and created opportunities but didn't take them because of poor decision making.

"We need to start turning draws into wins because we're dominating possession and coming out with just a point. We did it against Derby when we had 78% possession, and it happened again today.

"It's difficult when teams come here with the intention of killing games off by whatever means possible, but we have to be better in our decision making and more clinical in the box. We created plenty of chances and could have been two up very early on, but we've taken none of them."

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought we got better as the game went on. We tried to stay calm and relaxed early on in the game even though we could see things we needed to improve. It's difficult to get information on the pitch, especially when you see five or six things you want to deal with.

"Brentford are a good side and I like watching them play. I like what they try and do. We knew that they were going to be difficult to play against and we had to accept that challenge.

"I'm pleased we got the point we deserved. In the second half in particular, we were pretty comfortable. We had real good opportunities on the break and spells where we got in behind and could have possibly done better."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forYennarisat 68'minutes
  • 14Egan
  • 5Bjelland
  • 29Barbet
  • 15Woods
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forMacLeodat 74'minutes
  • 47CanosSubstituted forJozefzoonat 74'minutes
  • 19SawyersBooked at 90mins
  • 11Watkins
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 7Jozefzoon
  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Chatzitheodoridis
  • 33Mepham

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 2McCarthy
  • 24PearsonSubstituted forPinnockat 50'minutes
  • 6Lindsay
  • 17YiadomBooked at 59mins
  • 10Moncur
  • 22GardnerBooked at 90mins
  • 4Williams
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forHammillat 89'minutes
  • 26ThiamSubstituted forUgboat 82'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 7Hammill
  • 13Townsend
  • 14Mallan
  • 16Pinnock
  • 19Ugbo
  • 20Potts
  • 37Bird
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
9,868

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Barnsley 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Davies.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yoann Barbet.

  7. Booking

    Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Barbet (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    Adam Davies (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

  12. Booking

    Gary Gardner (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gary Gardner (Barnsley).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Adam Hammill replaces Harvey Barnes.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod tries a through ball, but Florian Jozefzoon is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harvey Barnes with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

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8Ipswich2211293732535
9Preston229852622435
10Middlesbrough229582822632
11Nottm Forest22100123237-530
12Fulham227872728-129
13Brentford2261063330328
14Reading227692828027
15Sheff Wed226972627-127
16Norwich227692128-727
17Millwall226882422226
18QPR226792533-825
19Hull2257103740-322
20Barnsley2256112434-1021
21Sunderland2239102738-1118
22Burton2245131440-2617
23Bolton2237122141-2016
24Birmingham2244141132-2116
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