Tykes grind out Oakwell victory

Barnsley moved further away from the Championship relegation zone after grinding out a 2-1 win over Coventry City at Oakwell.

Last Updated: 03/01/11 at 17:40

Lovre: Hit the winner

Lovre: Hit the winner

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Tykes made a flying start and went ahead after four minutes through a stunning 30-yard strike from Nathan Doyle before Freddy Eastwood drew Coventry level in the 35th minute with his second goal in as many games.

The visitors looked more likely to go in front at the end of the first half but their defence let them down once again when Goran Lovre was left all alone to put Barnsley in front just before the hour mark.

Coventry had a good chance to equalise at the end but Aron Gunnarsson fired over when clean through as Barnsley held out for the win which moved them eight points clear of the bottom three.

The defeat extended Coventry's winless run to six matches and they slipped down to 11th place as a result.

Barnsley started strongly and took the lead in style with when the Coventry defence backed off Doyle and he smashed in a looping shot which gave Kieren Westwood no chance.

Coventry were struggling to get a foothold in the game and Barnsley had another chance when a free-kick found Matt Hill in on the left-hand side but he opted to shoot instead of passing and the effort went well over.

The Sky Blues did eventually start to exert some pressure and Barnsley almost gifted them an equaliser in bizarre circumstances midway through the half.

A long ball forward was cleared by Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele into the path of Diego Arismendi, who inexplicably played the ball back towards his own goal. Clive Platt was completely unmarked but failed to react quick enough and Steele got back to save.

With 35 minutes gone Coventry made the pressure tell. Gunnarsson was afforded a lot of space on the right and whipped in a cross which just missed Platt but Eastwood was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.

The equaliser buoyed the visitors and they came close to going in front before half-time when Richard Wood almost got a vital touch on to Gary McSheffrey's corner but Barnsley somehow scrambled it away.

Coventry finished the first half on top but they found themselves behind once again 12 minutes after the restart after more shocking defending.

A hopeful ball into the box found Garry O'Connor and from his flick-on Lovre was left completely unmarked to slot the ball home from close range.

Once again Adrian Boothroyd's side found themselves chasing the game but they reacted well with McSheffrey's 25-yard shot bringing a good save out of Steele.

They had to wait until injury-time for their best chance to equalise but Gunnarsson fired over when he should have done better.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 30 August 2014
15:00
Brighton 2-2 Charlton  
Derby 1-1 Ipswich  
Fulham 1-1 Cardiff  
Leeds 1-0 Bolton  
M'boro 0-1 Reading  
Millwall 2-1 Blackpool  
Norwich 1-1 Bournemth  
Rotherham 0-2 Brentford  
Watford 4-2 Huddersfld  
Wigan 4-0 Birmingham  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 5 8 13
2 Watford 5 7 12
3 Wolves 5 4 12
4 Norwich 5 5 10
5 Millwall 5 3 10
6 Charlton 5 2 9
7 Derby 5 4 8
8 Brentford 5 2 8
9 Cardiff 5 2 8
10 Sheff Wed 5 1 8
11 Bournemth 5 3 7
12 Wigan 5 3 7
13 Brighton 5 1 7
14 Blackburn 5 -2 7
15 Reading 5 -3 7
16 M'boro 5 0 6
17 Rotherham 5 -3 6
18 Leeds 5 -5 6
19 Ipswich 5 -1 5
20 Birmingham 5 -5 5
21 Huddersfld 5 -7 4
22 Bolton 5 -6 1
23 Fulham 5 -7 1
24 Blackpool 5 -6 0

Updated Sat, 30 Aug 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin in plea after thwarted move

Morgan Schneiderlin has appealed to Southampton fans after a thwarted attempt to leave St Mary's.

Premier League: Chelsea hit Everton for six in nine-goal Goodison Park thriller

Chelsea hit Everton for six in a goal-filled Premier League extravaganza at Goodison Park which finally ended 6-3.

Transfer news: Leicester sign QPR full-back Danny Simpson

Leicester City have signed full-back Danny Simpson from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property