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REPORT: Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 1

By WGSweet  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

  • Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 1

  • REPORT: Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 1

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YEOVIL Town missed the chance to climb clear of the Sky Bet Championship drop zone for the second Saturday running as they drew 1-1 at Barnsley.

In a clash where referee Lee Probert left the pitch to boos, Joel Grant gave the Glovers the lead before the Tykes leveled from the spot.

Keeper Chris Dunn was too often called into action as Barnsley enjoyed solid spells only for the visitors to waste golden chances at the end to return south with three points.

Injury to Liam Davis forced one of two Yeovil changes, Jamie McAllister coming in at left back. Cardiff City's Joe Ralls started on the left wing as Grant partnered Ishmael Miller in attack and Adam Morgan dropped to the bench.

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Chris Dunn's busy half started on nine minutes as Paddy McCourt glided past the flat-footed Byron Webster and brought a fine full-stretch diving save from the Glovers' stopper.

A minute later the visitors were ahead. Peter Ramage was sucked under Webster's lofted ball and Grant pounced on the mix-up between defender and keeper Jack Butland to stab home.

The advantage should have been doubled on 22 minutes when Barnsley were hit on the break. Grant's intuitive flick into space found the marauding Joe Edwards who struck the inside of the post when he needed to tuck home.

On 33 minutes that miss was brought into stark focus as the Tykes launched the attack that eventually brought their leveler.

The Glovers backed off Tomasz Cywka and inexplicably allowed him to shoot from distance, resulting in a tremendous save from Dunn.

As Barnsley kept up the pressure, Webster dangled his leg in the box and when Cywka gratefully accepted his invite to go to ground, referee Lee Probert pointed to the spot and Marcus Tudgay thumped into the net.

Only Butland's excellence prevented Yeovil from forging ahead just seconds later. When Ed Upson rolled a 25-yard free kick to McAllister the captain fired goal-wards and the England man saved Jacob Mellis's blushes when he could only almost convert.

With five minutes of the half remaining Mellis was too easily allowed to create a shooting angle and with Dunn beaten the imperious Shane Duffy somehow headed off his own line.

The Everton loanee was Yeovil's saviour as the period entered added time, blocking Cywka's shot.

Barnsley started the second period the far brighter side as the Glovers took too long to find any rhythm and substitute Jim O'Brien rifled straight at Dunn from 20 yards.

On 57 minutes Edwards earned a corner and as the following deliver bounced around the six-yard box Yeovil were unable to get a telling touch.

Replacement Jason Scotland was allowed time and space to control and turn on 64 minutes and sent his 18-yard effort bouncing off the top of the crossbar.

Two minutes later Grant's wicked cross was pushed away by Butland. The save struck Miller and crossed the line only for Mr Probert to spot a handball.

Eleven minutes before the end Grant weathered two fouls to get to the byline and deliver to the far post. As the ball was knocked back into the danger area Miller wastefully headed over.

On 85 minutes Barnsley's gamble to deploy Jean-Yves M'voto nearly paid dividends when his header was athletically tipped away by Dunn.

Yeovil responded immediately and spurned the chance of the game to score a second. With three yellow shirts to the hosts' one, Grant's square pass was poor but substitute Adam Morgan still create a shot blocked by Cywka. As Barnsley failed to effectively clear, Grant crossed again and James Hayter somehow nodded over with the target at his mercy.

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