It was Sheffield Wednesday who took all three points during tonight’s feisty South Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough as they ran out 2-0 winners.
In front of a bumper crowd of 27,248 this match was evenly contested throughout. The Owls will be happy with their win but Barnsley will be disappointed not to have taken something from the contest.
Owls manager Carlos Carvalhal was delighted with the crucial win stating that the team played with heart and deserved the win against their Yorkshire counterparts. Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom stated “we’re disappointed with the result but satisfied with the performance.”
It was Barnsley who had the first big chance of the match in the 22nd minute as Kieran Westwood stopped a Tom Bradshaw shot as the forward was played through one-on-one with the keeper.
The Owls also came close soon after as forward Lucas Joao saw his glancing header flash just wide of the Tykes goal from a corner.
The Owls took the lead in the 37th minute through an owl goal and a moment to forgot for Barnsley centre back Angus McDonald. After some neat build up play out on the right Liam Palmers cross was met by the head of Joao. His effort was poked at by McDonald who saw his touch take the ball past goalkeeper Adam Davies
Josh Scowen had a headed effort that went close but in truth the first half largely failed to live up to expectations.
It was Barnsley again who started the second half strongest and went close to grabbing an equaliser when Bradshaw saw his close range header held well by Westwood.
Wednesday should have doubled their lead soon after. Tom Lees missed a golden opportunity as he got on to the end of a corner that was floated in from the right but somehow skewed his shot wide when it looked easier to score.
The Owls did manage to double their lead eventually. Ross Wallace drifted in a corner which fell invitingly for Sam Hutchinson who saw his deflected shot fly past the hapless Davies.
The match heated up after the Owls doubled their advantage as controversy ensued. Tykes substitute Adam Hamill seemed to stamp on Wednesday scorer Hutchinson after a strong tackle with referee Peter Bankes giving the midfielder his marching orders. Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom and Wednesday coach Lee Bullen were also both sent to the stands after a confrontation on the sidelines after the sending off.
The Owls saw out the 2-0 victory in the later stages relatively comfortably as the Tykes started to tired. The win sees the Yorkshire club stay in 6th place and the play-off places as Barnsley stay in 11th place in the Skybet championship table.