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Barnsley 0-2 Swansea City: Swans move clear of Bournemouth

By Michael PearlmanBBC Sport Wales
Ben Cabango scores
Ben Cabango's goal was his third of the season

Swansea City moved four points clear of third-placed Bournemouth thanks to a clinical 2-0 victory at Barnsley.

The Tykes are now winless in their last 16 games against a Swansea side increasingly looking like genuine promotion contenders this term.

The Swans took the lead on the stroke of half-time with their first effort on goal as Ben Cabango's looping header from a long throw crept in.

Barnsley then gifted the Swans a second on 55 minutes when Mads Anderson and Michael Helik got in each others' way and allowed Jamal Lowe to run clear and slot home.

Despite plenty of endeavour and no little effort, Barnsley were never a huge threat, though Freddie Woodman did save brilliantly to deny Callum Brittain's rasping effort as the Tykes pushed to get back into things.

The win for Swansea gives them daylight in the automatic promotion berths, though they still trail leaders Norwich by four points, while Barnsley remain 10th, missing the chance to leapfrog Bristol City, Stoke and Middlesbrough.

Having picked a strong side in the FA Cup last weekend in their win over Tranmere, Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael made only two changes with Jack Walton returning in goal and Victor Adeboyejo earning a start in attack.

Swansea, who rotated heavily in the FA Cup, made one change from the side who played Watford in their last Championship game a fortnight ago, with Kyle Naughton replacing Ryan Manning as Jake Bidwell reverted to left-back in the Swans' defence that has been harder to breach than a bank vault.

The Swans' success this term has been built on their defence, having conceded just 13 Championship goals in their 24 games this season, the fewest by a team since 2015/16, with 14 clean sheets along the way.

However, they knew they would be in for a tough evening against a familiar Barnsley side, with Adeboyejo in particular looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium just 28 days ago where he scored an own goal.

It was the former Leyton Orient forward who had the first chance of a quiet first half at Oakwell, but he blasted over after Cabango's slip allowed him space.

Swansea were enjoying possession but not making inroads and Woodman had to be alert to save from Adeboyejo, while Conor Chaplin's effort was blocked and Brittain's effort tame.

The visitors had not created a single opportunity with half-time rapidly approaching, but they snatched the advantage in first-half stoppage time when Cabango rose highest to meet Connor Roberts' long throw and loop a header into the top corner.

The goal was extremely harsh on the hosts, but they only had themselves to blame when their defensive horror show sent Lowe clear to slot home a second before the hour, though replays showed Lowe was possibly in an offside position.

Cauley Woodrow headed wide as the hosts pushed to get back into things, before Woodman produced a stunning save from a thunderbolt from Brittain as he acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar, Barnsley's best effort on a frustrating evening for them.

Barnsley boss Valerian Ismael said: "It was a strong first half from us, it was exactly our gameplan. We were in the game and controlling the game.

"Then on the stroke of half-time we conceded and it was a real pity moment for us. We were still in the game, but then we make a mistake and the second goal kills us.

"Without the second goal we could have come back into the game, but the goal kills the performance.

"All the time it's the same story with us at the moment against the top six."

Swansea boss Steve Cooper said: "A 2-0 win away from home is a brilliant result even though at times it probably wasn't pretty, but that's what it took.

"I don't know what it looked like on television, but the conditions weren't easy, we had to show a different side to us and I thought we did that.

"Consistency is what every team is aiming for and we are no different, you see mad results week in, week out.

"If we are showing signs of consistency I think that is really important and will stand us in good stead."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Walton
  • 26SollbauerSubstituted forSibbickat 84'minutes
  • 30Helik
  • 6AndersenBooked at 82mins
  • 7Brittain
  • 27Mowatt
  • 8KaneSubstituted forPalmerat 62'minutes
  • 4Styles
  • 29AdeboyejoSubstituted forThomasat 84'minutes
  • 9Woodrow
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forMorrisat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Morris
  • 16Thomas
  • 19Schmidt
  • 20Sibbick
  • 21Palmer
  • 22Oduor
  • 28Frieser
  • 34Moon
  • 40Collins

Swansea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 44Cabango
  • 5Guehi
  • 23Roberts
  • 8Grimes
  • 6Fulton
  • 24Bidwell
  • 7Smith
  • 10A Ayew
  • 9LoweBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Manning
  • 15Routledge
  • 18Hamer
  • 20Cullen
  • 21Dhanda
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 28Byers
  • 31Cooper
  • 41Garrick
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 0, Swansea City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Swansea City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michal Helik (Barnsley).

  4. Post update

    Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Callum Styles (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by André Ayew (Swansea City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Brittain (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Styles.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jay Fulton.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Connor Roberts.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Toby Peter Sibbick replaces Michael Sollbauer.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Luke Thomas replaces Victor Adeboyejo.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jack Walton.

  17. Booking

    Mads Andersen (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).

  19. Post update

    Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Brittain (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Callum Styles following a set piece situation.

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1Norwich24155433211250
2Swansea24137429131646
3Bournemouth24119438201842
4Brentford22118336211541
5Watford23117527171040
6Reading2312473428640
7Middlesbrough2310672819936
8Stoke249962723436
9Bristol City2311392524136
10Barnsley24104102731-434
11Blackburn2496939281133
12Luton249692126-533
13Preston24102123033-332
14Huddersfield2494112834-631
15Cardiff2385103027329
16Millwall2351172024-426
17Coventry236892231-926
18Birmingham2468101829-1126
19Nottm Forest2467111927-825
20QPR235992230-824
21Sheff Wed2367101523-819
22Rotherham2154122029-919
23Derby2347121425-1119
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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