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Walsall 0-1 Barnsley

Jacob Brown was back in the Barnsley team after competing a three-match ban
Jacob Brown's goal was his fifth of the season for Barnsley

Barnsley boosted their hopes of automatic promotion as Jacob Brown's stoppage-time goal gave them victory at Walsall.

Brown fired the ball through keeper Liam Roberts' legs after his first effort was blocked when it looked like they would have to settle for a third successive goalless draw.

The win extended second-placed Barnsley's unbeaten run in League One to 19 games and they also recorded a seventh clean sheet in a row.

Walsall, though, could feel themselves hard done by, after creating the better chances and having a goal disallowed in the first half for a foul in the build-up before Isaiah Osbourne volleyed home.

They also went close after the break when Corey Blackett-Taylor squeezed the ball past keeper Jack Walton, only for Ben Williams to stretch and hook it off the line.

Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel had Cameron McGeehan and Brown back from suspension, but they were unable to impose themselves in midfield and Cauley Woodrow was an isolated figure up front for much of the game.

After Blackett-Taylor's near miss, both Josh Gordon and the lively Zeli Ismail were thwarted by the feet of Walton, playing his first game since mid-November, in the space of a minute.

Woodrow was denied by Roberts after finally creating an opportunity for himself from Mamadou Thiam's ball into the box.

But the Saddlers keeper was unable to keep out Brown's effort as the Tykes claimed a crucial win, which left them four points clear of Portsmouth and five ahead of Sunderland, who have two games in hand, with Walsall remaining in the relegation places.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 35Scarr
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 30OsbourneSubstituted forCookat 90+4'minutes
  • 4DobsonBooked at 82mins
  • 15Kinsella
  • 38Blackett-Taylor
  • 29Gordon
  • 10IsmailSubstituted forFerrierat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 9Cook
  • 13Dunn
  • 16Ferrier
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 34Laird
  • 36Oteh

Barnsley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Walton
  • 12Cavaré
  • 5Pinnock
  • 6LindsayBooked at 41mins
  • 28Williams
  • 21BähreSubstituted forStylesat 68'minutes
  • 8McGeehanSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 76'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 26ThiamSubstituted forGreenat 84'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 33BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 9Woodrow

Substitutes

  • 3Fryers
  • 15Green
  • 18Jackson
  • 20Styles
  • 22Williams
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 35Greatorex
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
4,969

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, Barnsley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Barnsley 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Andy Cook replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

  5. Booking

    Jacob Brown (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 0, Barnsley 1. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Callum Styles (Barnsley).

  9. Post update

    Morgan Ferrier (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Morgan Ferrier replaces Zeli Ismail.

  11. Booking

    Jordan Green (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Green (Barnsley).

  13. Post update

    George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Jordan Green replaces Mamadou Thiam.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Victor Adeboyejo (Barnsley).

  16. Post update

    Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Booking

    George Dobson (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

  20. Post update

    Jacob Brown (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton392411476314583
2Barnsley392212565283778
3Portsmouth392111768412774
4Sunderland371916264343073
5Charlton381910955371867
6Peterborough391610136054658
7Doncaster3815121161501157
8Blackpool391414114341256
9Coventry39168154343056
10Burton391411145346753
11Fleetwood381410144941852
12Gillingham39138185363-1047
13Oxford Utd391113154554-946
14Plymouth391210174961-1246
15Bristol Rovers381112153939045
16Wycombe381111164758-1144
17Accrington371111154054-1444
18Scunthorpe39128194767-2044
19Shrewsbury391013164252-1043
20Southend39126214757-1042
21Walsall39119194261-1942
22Rochdale38118194776-2941
23Wimbledon39116223457-2339
24Bradford39106234367-2436
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