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Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday2BarnsleyBarnsley0

Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Barnsley: Murphy and Fletcher make it two wins from two

Jacob Murphy
Jacob Murphy took just 100 seconds to score his first Wednesday goal after joining the club on Thursday

A debut goal from Jacob Murphy and a Steven Fletcher strike were enough for Sheffield Wednesday to defeat Barnsley and complete back-to-back wins to start the new Championship season.

Murphy joined the Owls on-loan from Newcastle on Thursday and calmly slotted home in under two minutes.

He was also involved in the second after finding Kieran Lee, who then passed to Fletcher to fire home from the edge of the box.

Barnsley went closest when substitute Mamadou Thiam's effort was cleared off the line by Julian Borner.

Murphy's strike came just 100 seconds into his debut after Barnsley gave away possession in their own half.

Kadeem Harris showed good pace to reach the loose ball and after his shot was blocked, the ball fell kindly for the supporting Murphy.

Barnsley's first chance fell to Luke Thomas from a Toby Sibbick cross, but his effort was off-target.

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher scored the second goal of the game with a finely-struck shot from outside the box

And the Tykes went close again shortly before half-time when Mallik Wilks shot narrowly wide.

The home side put the game beyond doubt on the hour, with a mazy run from Magpies loanee Murphy proving instrumental.

After beating several players, he passed to Lee, who fed the ball across the edge of the box to Fletcher and the Scot allowed the ball to run across his body before firing a left-footed effort home.

Thiam came within inches of narrowing the deficit in the 68th minute but saw his effort cleared off the line after beating goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.

The win means Sheffield Wednesday are top of the table on goal difference after winning both of their opening games.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Lee Bullen told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"As game plans go, they followed it to the 't'. I had a bit of a go at half-time as I felt we had more in the locker but we tried to keep pushing on and the lads were fantastic.

"You can't get a better debut can you, scoring with his first touch, he must have thought all his Christmas' had come at once. He could have frozen in that situation but it just shows his quality. He and Kadeem Harris are two fantastic outlets to allow us to play like that.

"We're all enjoying ourselves but this league is ruthless so our feet are firmly planted on the ground, but while we're winning games we will enjoy it as well."

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Wednesday were better than us and deserved to win this game but we can play so much better than today.

"They played well and we didn't have the chances that we wanted. It was a big punch in the first minute to come back from.

"We tried to play but after one minute we are 1-0 down and it's not so easy for our young team; we don't have a lot of experience in the Championship so we need to learn from this game."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Dawson
  • 22Odubajo
  • 15Lees
  • 13BörnerBooked at 50mins
  • 2Palmer
  • 5LeeSubstituted forLuongoat 80'minutes
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 20Reach
  • 14MurphySubstituted forPelupessyat 74'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forRhodesat 77'minutes
  • 7K Harris

Substitutes

  • 3Fox
  • 6Rhodes
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 21Luongo
  • 36Jones
  • 45Forestieri

Barnsley

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 21Sibbick
  • 5Diaby
  • 6Andersen
  • 12Cavaré
  • 8McGeehanBooked at 90mins
  • 27MowattSubstituted forStylesat 77'minutes
  • 16Thomas
  • 10BähreSubstituted forChaplinat 61'minutes
  • 36WilksSubstituted forThiamat 62'minutes
  • 9Woodrow

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 11Chaplin
  • 20Styles
  • 24Halme
  • 25Miller
  • 26Thiam
  • 40Collins
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
28,028

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Barnsley 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

  4. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Mamadou Thiam.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley).

  8. Post update

    Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Booking

    Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

  11. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley).

  13. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Callum Styles (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Thomas with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Massimo Luongo replaces Kieran Lee.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Wed22005146
2Charlton22005236
3Leeds21104224
4QPR21103214
5West Brom21103214
6Derby21102114
7Swansea21102114
8Birmingham21102114
9Millwall21102114
10Preston21013123
11Fulham21012113
12Cardiff21014403
13Hull21013303
14Brentford21011103
15Barnsley210112-13
16Wigan210135-23
17Luton201145-11
18Middlesbrough201134-11
19Huddersfield201123-11
20Nottm Forest201123-11
21Bristol City201124-21
22Reading200225-30
23Stoke200225-30
24Blackburn200214-30
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