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Barnsley 0-0 West Brom: Drab stalemate extends Baggies 74-year winless run at Oakwell… however Valerian Ismael’s facet notch up eleventh clear sheet of the season to remain third
- Barnsley held West Brom to a boring 0-0 draw at Oakwell on Friday night time
- The Baggies haven’t gained at Barnsley for a staggering 74 years
- West Brom defender Cedric Kipre got here closest to scoring however hit the publish
Former Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael couldn’t encourage West Brom to their first win at Oakwell for 74 years on his return to the membership.
Albion, at present positioned 18 locations above Ismael’s outdated employers, had been pressured to accept a goalless Championship draw at his outdated stomping floor, extending the membership’s winless run within the South Yorkshire city to a nineteenth go to.
The sorry report – stretching again to 1947 – was maintained courtesy of some decided backs-to-the-wall defending by the hosts with Callum Brittain, Carlton Morris and Michal Helik all making glorious goal-line clearances, whereas visiting defender Cedric Kipre additionally rattled the body of the purpose.
Barnsley held agency towards third-place West Brom to play out a boring 0-0 at Oakwell on Friday
West Brom defender Cedric Kipre (second left) meets a cross however his header hits the publish
Barnsley 3-4-3: Collins; Helik, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Gomes, Benson (Cole 64), Brittain; Styles, Leya Iseka (Oduor 84), Morris
Subs not used: Walton, Moon, Hondermarck, Vita, Adeboyejo
West Brom 3-4-2-1: Johnstone; Kipre, Bartley, Clarke; Furlong, Livermore (Molumby 72), Mowatt, Townsend; Robinson (Diangana 72), Grant; Hugill (Reach 90+3)
Subs not used: Ajayi, Button, Gardner-Hickman, Fellows
Bookings: Livermore, Molumby, Townsend
Barnsley have nonetheless solely gained as soon as of their final 21 matches however, at least beneath Poya Asbaghi, the Tykes are starting to rediscover a little bit of the battling spirit that noticed Ismael take them to the Championship play-offs final time period.
The Baggies had been unlucky to not forge right into a third-minute lead when Kipre’s header thudded towards an upright following a right-wing free-kick delivered by former Tyke Alex Mowatt.
Moments later, a 20-yard Brittain shot whistled over the guests’ crossbar and, after a stagnant interval within the recreation, Albion proper wing-back Darnell Furlong lower inside and noticed his edge-of-the-box effort deflected away from purpose at the primary half’s halfway level.
Just earlier than the half-hour mark, Jordan Hugill was denied solely his second purpose of the season when Brittain positioned himself brilliantly on the road to get in the best way of the previous Preston striker’s sidefooted, six-yard try.
At the opposite finish, Sam Johnstone palmed Josh Benson’s 30-yard free-kick over after Jake Livermore had bundled Callum Styles to the bottom.
But a looping Hugill effort needed to be punched behind by Brad Collins because the ball threatened to dip beneath the house goalkeeper’s crossbar and, when Furlong’s subsequent nook was helped on amid a crowd of near-post our bodies, Barnsley striker Morris made a terrific overhead clearance off the road to maintain the scores degree at the break.
Barnsley largely defended and mustered their solely second half try after 71 minutes
Ismael’s males continued to pose the larger attacking intent after the restart with Kipre steering an opportunity extensive from near the penalty spot after his preliminary shot had been blocked.
A wayward free-kick by Furlong then wildly missed the goal when Mowatt, who was additionally standing over the ball, would have most likely been a greater choice.
Collins needed to react in sharp style on his personal goal-line, nevertheless, to claw away Furlong’s inswinging nook and the Barnsley stopper was additionally equal to Callum Robinson’s deflected strike after good work by means of the left channel by Karlan Grant.
Midway by means of the second interval, Baggies skipper Kyle Bartley headed the ball over from a Mowatt nook and after 71 minutes, Barnsley’s solely try of the half noticed Jordan Williams comfortably clear the crossbar from distance.
Barnsley’s Michal Helik makes a goal-saving interception from West Brom’s Karlan Grant (proper)
More heroic defending from the hosts saved the sport goalless shortly afterwards when Grant sprinted on to a Kipre ball by means of the best channel and skipped previous an outrushing Collins just for his shot to be blocked after glorious masking play by Helik.
A Grant up-and-under then noticed Furlong head off track as Albion started to get determined of their endeavours to drive a breakthrough and Matt Clarke went on to see a looping late header land on high of the netting.
At the opposite finish of the pitch, although, Ismael’s males stay peerless within the Championship with the division’s greatest defence preserving an eleventh clear sheet to stay third with the hosts second-bottom.