Barnsley 2-1 Millwall: Michal Helik goal helps Tykes to fifth straight win

Cauley Woodrow
Cauley Woodrow scored his 10th goal of the season as Barnsley opened the scoring after just two minutes

Barnsley continued their march towards the Championship play-off places by making it five wins in a row with victory over Millwall.

The Tykes took the lead inside two minutes when Alex Mowatt's free-kick was not dealt with and Cauley Woodrow smashed home his 10th goal of the season.

But the lead was short-lived as Mason Bennett levelled for Millwall after six minutes following a swift counter-attack.

Barnsley defender Michal Helik grabbed the winner after 59 minutes, lashing a finely-struck volley past Lions goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Both sides came into the game in good form with Barnsley winning their past four and Millwall unbeaten in nine league games.

In a fast-paced opening it was not long before the Tykes were ahead. Mowatt floated a ball into the penalty area which fell kindly to Woodrow, who swivelled before firing past Bialkowski.

Barnsley's confidence was soaring but as they went in search of a second they left themselves open at the back and a fast break saw Bennett drive into space, before unleashing a left-footed shot across Bradley Collins, to equalise just four minutes after the opener.

Callum Styles, a goalscorer in Barnsley's midweek win over Stoke, had a chance to put the hosts back into the lead shortly before the break but sent his shot wide as the sides finished the half level.

Bennett went close to giving Millwall the lead after 55 minutes but his effort was saved by Tykes goalkeeper Collins, before Barnsley midfielder Mowatt tried his luck with a free-kick from 20 yards which beat the wall, but not the dive of Bialkowski.

But the Lions goalkeeper was beaten after 59 minutes when a long ball was headed-on by Mads Andersen to Helik, allowing the Polish defender to fire an unstoppable volley past his compatriot.

The lively Bennett was continuing to cause problems for the Tykes backline and found himself through on goal with 17 minutes remaining but put too much on his effort and it sailed over.

The victory sees Valerien Ismael's upwardly mobile side rise to seventh, just a point outside the play-off places, while Millwall drop a place to 12th.

Tykes boss Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Congratulations to the guys. It was a big battle. We expected that sort of game against a strong side.

"We defended very well apart from the goal. We did better in the second half with more passion and more desire to win the duel. It's another win for team spirit. It's brilliant and is good for confidence.

"We need to recover now but it's a great feeling to reach 51 points in February. It's great to see the guys improve every week, never complain and try to go one step further. We know now we can beat anyone."

Lions manager Gary Rowett:

"I thought it was a very close game. I thought we were the better side in the first half and they were probably the better side in the second half.

"The first goal is offside. I'm not going to massively complain about it but it's a clear offside and I think the linesman should certainly be able to see that.

"They are really direct. They're probably the most direct side that I've seen in the Championship. They're good at it. It's the Championship and you don't always get what you deserve. We didn't play with enough quality and we didn't defend set-pieces."



Formation 3-4-3

  • 40Collins
  • 26SollbauerSubstituted forSibbickat 45'minutes
  • 30Helik
  • 6Andersen
  • 7Brittain
  • 21PalmerSubstituted forHalmeat 45'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 4StylesSubstituted forWilliamsat 81'minutes
  • 9WoodrowBooked at 89minsSubstituted forFrieserat 90+1'minutes
  • 10DikeSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 75'minutes
  • 14Morris


  • 1Walton
  • 2Williams
  • 8Kane
  • 11Chaplin
  • 20Sibbick
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 28Frieser
  • 29Adeboyejo


Formation 3-5-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15PearceSubstituted forBödvarssonat 85'minutes
  • 28Evans
  • 12Romeo
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forSmithat 75'minutes
  • 19WoodsBooked at 46mins
  • 6WilliamsSubstituted forFergusonat 85'minutes
  • 14Malone
  • 7J WallaceSubstituted forBradshawat 90+2'minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forBureyat 85'minutes


  • 1Fielding
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 23McNamara
  • 24Mitchell
  • 27Tiensia
  • 32Burey
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Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamMillwall
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 2, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Jed Wallace.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Dominik Frieser replaces Cauley Woodrow.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Millwall. Matt Smith tries a through ball, but Jed Wallace is caught offside.

  7. Booking

    Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Woods (Millwall).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tyler Burey (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Shaun Williams.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Alex Pearce.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tyler Burey replaces Mason Bennett.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Toby Peter Sibbick (Barnsley).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Jordan Williams replaces Callum Styles.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Carlton Morris (Barnsley).

  18. Post update

    Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carlton Morris (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

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