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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Gary Gardner (25')
  • Oliver McBurnie (74')
  • Tom Bradshaw (88')
  • John Fleck (57')
  • Leon Clarke (65')

Barnsley stun Sheffield United to boost Championship safety push

Barnsley gave their survival chances a huge boost with a 3-2 over South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United at Oakwell.
Barnsley struck first through Gary Gardner before goals for the Blades from John Fleck and Leon Clarke put the visitors in front by midway through the second half.
However, the game was far from over as Oliver McBurnie levelled for the home side before Tom Bradshaw headed in a dramatic 88th-minute winner.
The win for Barnsley strengthens their hopes of staying in the Sky Bet Championship and was a first home success for head coach Jose Morais.
The result provided bitter disappointment for opposite number Chris Wilder, however, as the Blades missed an opportunity to keep pressure on the teams in the play-off positions.
Barnsley midfielder George Moncur had the first effort on goal, rattling the crossbar from a short corner.
It was relegation-threatened Barnsley who struck the opener too. Moncur delivered a low corner that was cleared to the edge of the box and lurking was Gardner, who drove the ball first time into the top right of the net.
Barnsley had two great chances to double their lead. Kieffer Moore took the ball past United goalkeeper Simon Moore but saw his shot blocked before Lloyd Isgrove stole the ball on the halfway line and burst forward, finding Moncur in space, but a slip just before his shot meant it was comfortable for Moore.
United had started to find their flow and were dominating after the break and Fleck put the scores level after 57 minutes. Just outside the box, he got past Brad Potts and rifled the ball into the back of the net, leaving Adam Davies with no chance.
The Blades then went ahead through top scorer Clarke. Davies had done well to deny him in a one-on-one situation but chaos ensued with both himself and Adam Jackson failing to clear. Clarke took advantage of the uncertainty to put United 2-1 up in front of the travelling fans.
Going behind seemed to rejuvenate Barnsley, along with the introduction of Adam Hammill, who made an immediate impact. The 30-year-old winger cut inside and tried his luck on his left foot and Moore could not hold the shot, allowing McBurnie to poke in his seventh goal for the club.
With time running out, Moore's drilled cross then found Bradshaw at the back post and the Welsh striker made no mistake in front of the Kop end to secure all three points.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 17 +8 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 +11 31
3 Leeds United 17 +12 30
4 Sheffield United 17 +8 30
5 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 28
6 Derby County 17 +5 28
7 Nottingham Forest 17 +7 27
8 Swansea City 17 +6 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 17 -1 26
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 -1 22
15 Brentford 17 +4 21
16 Wigan Athletic 17 -7 20
17 Sheffield Wednesday 17 -9 20
18 Preston North End 17 -4 18
19 Rotherham United 17 -9 18
20 Reading 17 -5 16
21 Millwall 17 -7 16
22 Hull City 17 -8 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -12 16
24 Ipswich Town 17 -14 11