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Brentford 0-2 Barnsley: Tykes prevent Bees' return to the top of the Championship

Carlton Morris
Carlton Morris scored his first goal for Barnsley since joining from Norwich in January

Barnsley pulled off a stunning win to prevent Brentford returning to the Championship summit and end their 21-match unbeaten league run.

Former Tykes defender Ethan Pinnock left Callum Brittain's cross for keeper David Raya, but Conor Chaplin nipped in to turn in the opener and reward the visitors' strong start.

Pinnock then failed to cut out Daryl Dike's low ball across the box and Carlton Morris crashed a shot in off the post.

The Bees, who had not tasted defeat in the league since a 3-2 loss at Stoke on 24 October, struggled to create clear chances throughout, despite late pressure, and were kept scoreless for the first time in 12 matches.

Brentford had seen their automatic promotion hopes ended the last time they hosted Barnsley, who pulled off an unlikely escape from relegation with a 2-1 win on the final day of last season.

The odds of a repeat looked unlikely with the Tykes on a five-match winless league run and facing a Bees side who had won eight out of their last nine, yet they were full value for their half-time lead, with Morris also forcing a decent save from Raya.

The Bees had netted 17 times in four straight league wins, but failed to muster a serious threat until Saman Ghoddos' fierce low drive forced keeper Brad Collins into a good save in first-half stoppage-time.

That was as good as it got for out-of-sorts Brentford, and it was the visitors who went closest to a third goal as Victor Adeboyejo sent a half-volley just wide.

It was a miserable afternoon for Pinnock - who spent two seasons at Barnsley before joining the Bees - and only an offside flag prevented him giving the visitors a third goal when he turned a cross into his own net.

Brentford stayed in second place, a point behind leaders Norwich, while Barnsley climbed to 12th and within seven points of the play-off places.

Reaction - Barnsley 'at their top level'

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"It was inevitable that we would not go the rest of the season unbeaten, but I think we have been so consistent and so good.

"Today there was no lack of effort and they put everything out there. There was big determination and we lost a game to a team that were at their very top level.

"This is going to go to the end of the season, I have no doubt about that, so everyone speaking about promotion must know the only thing we speak about is the next game."

Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael:

"For a few weeks we've performed well but not got the result, but all the time against the top sides like Norwich and Watford we have been very close.

"This win means a lot because we said we needed to make the next step. How good you play is all very well, but in football you need a result.

"Since I have been trainer here it was the best week. We have a way to play football and today was the result of three months' work."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 22DalsgaardSubstituted forRasmussenat 74'minutes
  • 5Pinnock
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 3Henry
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forJensenat 74'minutes
  • 27Janelt
  • 20GhoddosSubstituted forForssat 74'minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 64'minutes
  • 17ToneyBooked at 90mins
  • 7Canós

Substitutes

  • 4Goode
  • 8Jensen
  • 15Forss
  • 23Reid
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 30Rasmussen
  • 31Zamburek

Barnsley

Formation 3-4-3

  • 40Collins
  • 26SollbauerBooked at 25minsSubstituted forSibbickat 67'minutes
  • 30Helik
  • 6Andersen
  • 7Brittain
  • 21PalmerSubstituted forWilliamsat 77'minutes
  • 27MowattBooked at 90mins
  • 4Styles
  • 10DikeBooked at 43minsSubstituted forWoodrowat 56'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 56'minutes
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forFrieserat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 2Williams
  • 8Kane
  • 9Woodrow
  • 20Sibbick
  • 22Oduor
  • 28Frieser
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 34Moon
Referee:
David Coote

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away24

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Barnsley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Barnsley 2.

  3. Booking

    Ivan Toney (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Toney (Brentford).

  5. Post update

    Michal Helik (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominik Frieser.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Michal Helik.

  8. Post update

    Mads Bech Sørensen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dominik Frieser (Barnsley).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mathias Jensen with a cross following a set piece situation.

  11. Booking

    Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Toney (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Michal Helik (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley).

  18. Booking

    Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Vitaly Janelt (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 14th February 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich29177539241558
2Brentford29169455302557
3Swansea27158435152053
4Watford29149637201751
5Reading2914694234848
6Bournemouth291210743281546
7Cardiff29117114033740
8Middlesbrough29117113230240
9Blackburn281161142311139
10Stoke2991283333039
11Preston29123143437-339
12Barnsley28116113134-339
13Bristol City29123142939-1039
14Millwall2981472827138
15Luton28107112329-637
16Nottm Forest2989122530-533
17QPR2789102632-633
18Huddersfield2996143342-933
19Derby2887131929-1031
20Coventry29710122740-1331
21Rotherham2785143338-529
22Sheff Wed2897122130-928
23Birmingham29610132135-1428
24Wycombe2847172149-2819
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