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Stalemate at Oakwell

Our report from Barnsley...

27 June 2020

Barnsley and Millwall played out a goalless draw at Oakwell in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Shane Ferguson's free-kick, which hit the crossbar in the first-half, was the biggest chance of the game.

Gary Rowett made three changes from last Saturday's 3-2 defeat at home to Derby County, as Shaun Williams, Mason Bennett and Tom Bradshaw replaced Ryan Woods, Ryan Leonard and Matt Smith.

The Lions were seeing a lot of the ball early, with their high pressing causing the Barnsley defence to balloon the ball out of play twice - but the first real chance of the game went the way of the home side.

On 18 minutes, Romal Palmer was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Cauley Woodrow stepped up to take the free-kick - one which Bartosz Bialkowski expertly tipped over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, The Lions had a golden chance of their own, but after Jayson Molumby was brought down, Shane Ferguson's fantastic hit cracked the crossbar and bounced to safety after hitting Tykes goalkeeper Jack Walton on the way down.

It was Millwall who were making most of the attacking play as the midway point of the half came and went; Murray Wallace heading Ferguson's free-kick wide shortly before the drinks break, before Bennett's attempt was blocked behind.

The Tykes improved after the break and Bialkowski was made to work by Alex Mowatt - but as much as both sides probed, chances of an opening goal looked few and far between.

A flashpoint occured with 71 minutes played as Bennett challenged Jacob Brown, with referee Jeremy Simpson showing the attacker a yellow card, before chances at either end - Brown for Barnsley and Murray Wallace for Millwall - failed to register.

Jake Cooper's outstanding and potentially goal-saving challenge as Conor Chaplin shaped to shoot kept the sheet clean, before drama in injury-time first saw Bialkowski have to save from Mads Andersen and Connor Mahoney's free-kick cleared away as both sides had to settle for a point.

Barnsley: Walton, B. Williams, Andersen, Brown, Woodrow (Thomas 75'), Ludewig, Ritzmaier (Styles 60'), Sollbauer, Mowatt, Simoes (Chaplin 46'), Palmer (Halme 84'). Subs not used: Collins, J. Williams, Bahre, Schmidt, Oduor.

Booking: B. Williams, Brown

Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, S. Williams, J. Wallace (Skalak 90'), Bradshaw (Smith 69'), Ferguson (Thompson 90'), Romeo, Molumby (Woods 80'), Bennett (Mahoney 80'). Subs not used: Steele, Pearce, Leonard, Mitchell.

Booking: Bennett, Molumby

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

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