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Luton Town 1-1 Barnsley: Aapo Halme rescues point for Tykes in bottom two scrap

Luke Berry (right) celebrates his goal for Luton
Luton goalscorer Luke Berry (right) played 37 games for Barnsley in 2014-15

Barnsley battled back to rescue a point against fellow strugglers Luton Town to help keep their hopes of Championship survival alive.

The Hatters took the lead early on when Elliott Lee hit the post and Luke Berry fired in his first goal of the season on the rebound.

The visitors scored a late equaliser when substitute Aapo Halme poked home inside the box as Luton struggled to clear the ball away.

Both sides almost pulled off a dramatic win late on when Patrick Schmidt's flick-on flew across the face of the Luton goal while Jack Walton saved Harry Cornick's shot in a one-on-one at the other end moments later.

The result means Luton remain bottom of the table and are four points from safety while Barnsley are within three points of survival themselves with the same amount of games remaining.

In an entertaining and end-to-end first half, both sides exchanged chances as they desperately tried to get off the mark quickly following heavy defeats at the weekend.

Barnsley pushed for an equaliser after Berry's opener and they protested for a penalty when Alex Mowatt was tripped by Hatters keeper Simon Sluga however referee Dean Whitestone awarded a free-kick on the verge of the area.

The visitors pelted the Luton goal with a number of chances before the break, with Conor Chaplin volleying wide from Marcel Ritzmaier's delivery while Cauley Woodrow hit the post and forced a last ditch save from a looping header.

Both sides could have wrapped up victory late on through Schmidt and Cornick, but the latter should have sent Luton home when he was played clean through in space but Walton came to Barnsley's rescue.

A draw that will feel like a defeat for Luton

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Coming into the game off the back of a 5-0 hammering by Reading on Saturday, Berry's 13th-minute strike gave Luton a much-needed foothold in the game as Barnsley controlled much of the first half.

Having finished last season as League One champions with the Tykes joining them in winning automatic promotion, Luton have struggled with life in the second tier.

Before kick-off, their total of 78 goals conceded was more than any other side in the Championship, and they did well not to add to that tally in the opening period as the visitors created a number of decent chances.

Following their defeat by Reading, Hatters manager Nathan Jones said the performance was "out of character" and he will have been encouraged by the attitude of his side as they defended their a slim lead for much of the game.

Had they held on, it could have been the catalyst Jones' side needed to survive but, with three of their final four games against sides in the bottom half of the table, they will still fancy their chances despite their four-point deficit.

Barnsley not throwing in the towel

Aapo Halme
Aapo Halme (centre) climbs to his feet after scoring Barnsley's late equaliser

That two former Barnsley players in Lee and Berry combined for Luton's goal was symbolic of the lack of fortune the Tykes had during a trip to Kenilworth Road as Gerhard Struber's side's woeful away form continued.

Only Luton, with 14 points, have won fewer than their 16 away from home in the Championship this term, and their poor finishing let them down on this occasion.

Barnsley - beaten 4-0 by Stoke on Saturday - registered 20 shots on goal and could only have been relieved that Halme's scrappy goal ensured their trip south at least brought some reward.

With fixtures against Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Brentford still remaining, Barnsley's chances of staying up look slim and this was a game in which they desperately needed all three points.

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We deserved victory today. We had so many chances in the first half, three or four top chances but we didn't use them.

"It's painful but it's not frustrating. We delivered today a big fight. That was our goal today.

"In the end one point in our situation is not helpful and we need more. But we look forward and we'll fight until the last game."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 12SlugaBooked at 16mins
  • 26Bree
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 5Bradley
  • 3PottsBooked at 42mins
  • 2CranieBooked at 90mins
  • 8BerryBooked at 64mins
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 10LeeSubstituted forShinnieat 45'minutes
  • 9HyltonSubstituted forCornickat 71'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 6Pearson
  • 7McManaman
  • 11Shinnie
  • 14Cornick
  • 20Moncur
  • 29Butterfield
  • 30Kioso
  • 36Shea

Barnsley

  • 13Walton
  • 18SollbauerBooked at 54mins
  • 6AndersenBooked at 63mins
  • 2WilliamsSubstituted forStylesat 80'minutes
  • 14Ludewig
  • 27Mowatt
  • 10BähreSubstituted forSimoes Inacioat 59'minutes
  • 17Ritzmaier
  • 9WoodrowSubstituted forSchmidtat 83'minutes
  • 7Brown
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forHalmeat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 16Thomas
  • 19Schmidt
  • 20Styles
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 28Simoes Inacio
  • 33Wolfe
  • 40Collins
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home10
Away21
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 1, Barnsley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Barnsley 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

  4. Post update

    Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Bree (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Berry.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marcel Ritzmaier (Barnsley).

  7. Post update

    Luke Berry (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Booking

    Martin Cranie (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Barnsley. Marcel Ritzmaier tries a through ball, but Aapo Halme is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Elliot Simoes (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Luke Berry (Luton Town).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Aapo Halme (Barnsley).

  17. Post update

    Luke Berry (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Cornick (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Berry with a through ball.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Collins (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dan Potts.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcel Ritzmaier with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds41239963342978
2West Brom412114671403177
3Brentford422291175344175
4Fulham4221101156441273
5Nottm Forest4218141054421268
6Cardiff421616106054664
7Derby411613125653361
8Swansea411515115248460
9Blackburn421611155955459
10Millwall411417104844459
11Preston411610155250258
12Bristol City411510165360-755
13Reading421411175348553
14QPR41158186066-653
15Sheff Wed411410175056-652
16Wigan411311174553-850
17Birmingham411213165164-1349
18Huddersfield421211194963-1447
19Stoke41137215461-746
20Charlton421210204757-1046
21Hull41129205672-1645
22Middlesbrough411014174053-1344
23Barnsley421012204667-2142
24Luton42118234779-3241
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