Match ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn Rovers: Tykes win at Oakwell to boost survival hopes
Barnsley boosted their Championship survival hopes by beating play-off-chasing Blackburn Rovers at Oakwell.
Second-half goals from Conor Chaplin and Jacob Brown moved Barnsley to within one point of safety, having played a game more than 21st-placed Hull, who take on Middlesbrough on Thursday.
Chaplin opened the scoring for the hosts, rising highest to head home Kilian Ludewig's cross in the 57th minute.
Tony Mowbray's Blackburn were reduced to 10 men when striker Ben Brereton was shown a red card for a challenge on Ludewig after 74 minutes.
And Barnsley doubled their lead two minutes later when Brown calmly slotted the ball beyond Blackburn goalkeeper Christian Walton to secure all three points.
Barnsley a team on the up?
Despite their position near the foot of the Championship, Gerhard Struber's Barnsley have been in good form since the league's resumption and have now taken seven points from three matches.
The Tykes dominated the opening exchanges, with forward Cauley Woodrow twice stinging the palms of Walton.
But Rovers, coming into the fixture four points off a play-off spot, were dangerous after the first-half drinks break, with Adam Armstrong forcing a good save from Barnsley's Jack Walton, who then did exceptionally well to keep out Bradley Johnson's volley from the resulting corner.
Barnsley - who had won a division-low five home games before this match - were again fortunate not to fall behind in the 32nd minute when Dominic Samuel's cross-shot just evaded Joe Rothwell as the visitors continued to carve open the home defence.
Blackburn continued creating opportunities after the restart, with Samuels side-footing a Stewart Downing free-kick off target in the 47th minute.
But Barnsley soon went ahead as second-half substitutes Ludewig and Chaplin combined within three minutes of coming onto the field.
Blackburn created few opportunities in response and their task was soon made more difficult when referee Tony Harrington dismissed Rovers substitute Brereton.
Barnsley then doubled their advantage as skipper Alex Mowatt created the match-clinching second goal for Brown.
Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber: "We changed the formation at the break and that was the big key in the second half. The players at the moment have the right mindset.
"I think it's a very good situation - three games, three clean sheets and also points. This has a massive impact for our boys and our belief.
"The winning mentality at the moment is very good. But we are still in the relegation zone. We have to reproduce these performances.
"I think Stoke (who Barnsley face on Saturday) are a massive opponent and we have to bring in a similar performance."
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray on Ben Brereton's red card: "He's kicked him. It's really disappointing for the team. It's just unacceptable really for an individual to do that to the team.
"We lost the game because we didn't take our chances in the first half. Goals change games, as we've found out in the last two games.
"We were one point off the play-offs and now we've lost to two teams we should have been beating. Life looks pretty tough from this point onwards.
"We have to stick together, we have to take the positives. We win and lose together."
- 2WilliamsSubstituted forLudewigat 56'minutes
- 41PalmerSubstituted forStylesat 37'minutes
- 17RitzmaierSubstituted forThomasat 56'minutes
- 28Simoes InacioBooked at 40minsSubstituted forChaplinat 56'minutes
- 9WoodrowSubstituted forSchmidtat 80'minutes
- 31BennettSubstituted forChapmanat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 8RothwellSubstituted forGallagherat 68'minutes
- 12SamuelSubstituted forBreretonat 67'minutesBooked at 74mins
- 22HoltbySubstituted forDavenportat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 7ArmstrongSubstituted forGrahamat 68'minutes
- Tony Harrington
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers).
Ben Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers).
Callum Styles (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Barnsley. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Callum Styles is caught offside.
Foul by Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers).
Jacob Brown (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Styles.
Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Callum Styles (Barnsley).
Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Conor Chaplin (Barnsley).
Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.
Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Jacob Davenport is caught offside.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Harry Chapman replaces Elliott Bennett.
Offside, Barnsley. Mads Andersen tries a through ball, but Patrick Schmidt is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Chaplin with a cross.
Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Cauley Woodrow.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.
Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Goal! Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt following a fast break.
Hand ball by Conor Chaplin (Barnsley).
Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the red card.
Foul by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).
Kilian Ludewig (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Davenport.
Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).
Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Styles.
Offside, Barnsley. Jacob Brown tries a through ball, but Conor Chaplin is caught offside.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher replaces Joe Rothwell.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jacob Davenport replaces Lewis Holtby.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Adam Armstrong.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Dominic Samuel.
Foul by Lewis Holtby (Blackburn Rovers).
Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.