Barnsley 3-2 Leeds: Match Report

21 January 2017 08:34

Barnsley rock Leeds with Oakwell fightback to close in on Championship top six

Barnsley moved just four points away from the Sky Bet Championship play-off places with a 3-2 win over Leeds at Oakwell.

After falling behind, Barnsley fought back to stun their Yorkshire rivals with three quick goals from Tom Bradshaw, Ryan Kent and Conor Hourihane.

Fourth-placed Leeds did pull one back with Chris Wood's second of the game but the home side clung on to take all three points.

The hosts started the game brightly, taking the game to their opponents but with little threat to Rob Green's goal.

Adam Armstrong's cross flashed across the six-yard box but was dealt with by the Whites defence. Moments later the striker's shot was blocked by the diving Luke Ayling.

Pablo Hernandez broke free down the right for Leeds but his lofted cross was headed behind by the returning Marc Roberts.

From the resulting corner the visitors took the lead in the 18th minute. Wood netted his 15th league goal of the season, making a run to the near post and flicking Hernandez's delivery past Adam Davies.

Wood then almost had his and Leeds' second but his close-range header was cleared off the line by the Barnsley defence.

After withstanding constant pressure since failing behind, Barnsley were almost back in the game through Roberts. The defender rose highest from Kent's free-kick but could not beat Green with a downward header.

The visitors had the chance to double their lead heading into the break, but Davies was out quickly to clear Kemar Roofe's through-ball off the boot of Wood.

The hosts went straight up the other end and levelled the game on the stroke of half-time through Bradshaw. The Welshman headed home into the far corner from Armstrong's cross.

Barnsley turned the game on its head and took the lead in the 48th minute. Kent received Marley Watkins' pass with his back to goal, turned and fired a low left-footed shot into the far corner past Green.

The home side had a third shortly after as Roofe tripped Josh Scowen, resulting in a free kick 25 yards out. Hourihane stepped up and bent the ball around the wall and past the outstretched Green.

Leeds were awarded a penalty when Roberts appeared to deflect the ball away from Wood with his hand. The striker converted the spot-kick, sending Davies the wrong way and guiding the ball into the right corner.

Both sides had chances to give the game a sixth goal. Hourihane shot wide from inside the box, then a flurry of Leeds corners were scrambled away by the Barnsley defence.

Leeds could have drawn level in time added on but Roofe chested wide from four yards out after diving to reach Stuart Dallas' cross.

Source: PA