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Barnsley 0-3 Preston: Tom Barkhuizen scores twice in Oakwell victory

Barkhuizen was also on target when Preston beat Barnsley 5-1 earlier in the season
Tom Barkhuizen (centre) scored his second to put Preston 3-0 up on the stroke of half-time

Tom Barkhuizen scored twice and set up a third goal as Preston overpowered Barnsley at Oakwell to climb back into the Championship's top six.

Barkhuizen's first-half double sandwiched a Daniel Johnson strike, securing North End's first away win in six games - and their biggest victory on the road for just over a year.

Barnsley were unable to muster a response as they slid to their first home defeat since Gerhard Struber took over as manager in November.

The Tykes remain 22nd in the table, four points adrift of safety following Stoke's win at West Brom on Monday.

The visitors offered little during the opening 20 minutes, while Conor Chaplin went close for Barnsley as his low drive was tipped around the post by Declan Rudd.

But Barkhuizen opened the scoring with Preston's first genuine attack of the game, finishing off a fluent move down the right by slamming home Darnell Fisher's cutback.

The visitors doubled their lead 15 minutes later as Barkhuizen pounced on a defensive error to seize possession and set up Josh Harrop, whose attempt rebounded for Johnson to score with a half-volley.

Barnsley's Marcel Ritzmaier threatened to halve the deficit soon afterwards, unleashing a left-footed effort that forced another flying save from Rudd.

However, another lapse from the Tykes' back line enabled Barkhuizen to grab his second on the stroke of half-time, bursting into the box to beat Samuel Radlinger.

Alan Browne might have stretched Preston's advantage further after the break, heading wide from a free-kick.

Harrop was also off target following a one-two with substitute David Nugent, while Barnsley failed to carve out any chances of note during a tame second half.

Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber told BBC Sheffield:

"I think in the first half, many situations on and off the ball were not like a professional team. There were mistakes like an amateur player and this is not our standard.

"You must stand up and never give up and today, the body language in the first half when we gave away the goals, was not like a professional.

"This was a raven-black day. It's not enough to pick up points and also for the fan, when he pays a lot of money for the tickets, this is not enough.

"The only thing we can do now is say a big sorry to our fans. This is not the performance we can give normally at home."

Preston manager Alex Neil said:

"It was a ballsy way that we set up but we felt it was the best way to win the game. Our first real bit of quality play led to the first goal and we upped the tempo from there.

"That's seven points out of nine now. We took the goals well and we've got a clean sheet, so it's really pleasing.

"This is the best position we've been in during the three years I've been here and arguably the best position the club's been in for a decade, so what we should do is embrace it.

"If I had to single one player out tonight it would be Alan Browne - he was excellent, but it would be difficult to pick anybody out who didn't play well tonight. They were great."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 2Williams
  • 24Halme
  • 6Andersen
  • 14Ludewig
  • 16ThomasSubstituted forStylesat 61'minutes
  • 4DougallSubstituted forWoodrowat 54'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 27Mowatt
  • 17Ritzmaier
  • 7Brown
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forSchmidtat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 9Woodrow
  • 19Schmidt
  • 20Styles
  • 21Sibbick
  • 28Simoes Inacio
  • 40Collins

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 15Rafferty
  • 8Browne
  • 4Pearson
  • 10HarropBooked at 57mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forPottsat 67'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forNugentat 74'minutes
  • 31SinclairSubstituted forMaguireat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 18Ledson
  • 20Stockley
  • 24Maguire
  • 25Ripley
  • 35Nugent
  • 44Potts
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,207

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 0, Preston North End 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Preston North End 3.

Attempt blocked. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Aapo Halme (Barnsley).

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kilian Ludewig (Barnsley).

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Josh Harrop.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kilian Ludewig.

Attempt missed. Kilian Ludewig (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Attempt blocked. Marcel Ritzmaier (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

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

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Nugent.

Offside, Preston North End. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.

Booking

Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley).

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Harrop with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Foul by Callum Styles (Barnsley).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Conor Chaplin.

Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. David Nugent replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Marcel Ritzmaier (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Offside, Barnsley. Kilian Ludewig tries a through ball, but Conor Chaplin is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Harrop.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Sean Maguire replaces Scott Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brad Potts replaces Daniel Johnson.

Offside, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

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

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

goal

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5Nottm Forest27138638271147
6Preston2913794234846
7Swansea2812973431345
8Millwall28111163632444
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13Cardiff2891273941-239
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17Middlesbrough29811102936-735
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20Huddersfield2878133144-1329
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22Barnsley2959153554-1924
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