Barnsley ended a 17-match winless run with a 3-1 success over Yorkshire rivals Hull City at Oakwell on Saturday.  Alex Mowatt opened the scoring with a superb strike then Mike Bahre doubled the lead with his first Championship goal. The Tigers pulled one back but Conor Chaplin’s excellent injury-time volley secured the home win. 

The last-placed Reds have cut the gap between them and safety from five to eight points while they are two behind second-bottom Stoke City. They were the better team throughout the game and deserved their first victory since the opening day of the season.

Gerhard Struber, in his first home game as head coach, made two changes from the side that lost to Middlesbrough three days earlier. Jordan Williams and Aapo Halme returned from injury lay-offs to replace Dimitri Cavare, who dropped out of the squad, and the benched Luke Thomas. 

It was a diamond formation with Halme in front the back four, Mowatt and Mike Bahre the wide midfielders while Cauley Woodrow played behind strikers Jacob Brown and Conor Chaplin.  The first quarter of the match was very dull, with a succession of corners for both teams but no shots except a Woodrow effort from outside the box which sailed over. 

The opener came in the 23rd minute when, after some pinball in the visitors’ box, Mowatt brilliantly curled a shot from just outside the area into the top left corner.  Barnsley thought they should have had a penalty for handball seconds after scoring following a burst into the box by Bahre. 

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Hull had been disappointing in the first half but missed a huge chance to level on 41 minutes when, after hesitant defending by the home centre-backs, top-scorer Jarrod Bowen was through on goal but dragged his effort wide of the bottom left corner. 

Mowatt tried to net a second long-range strike seconds before the break but his 30-yard free-kick was pushed around the right post by goalkeeper George Long. 

The Reds had been the better side in the first half with Hull, who came into the match as one of the form sides of the division, well below their best before the break. The visitors had more chances after the interval but the Reds still played at a higher level throughout the match.  

Hull’s manager, the former Barnsley midfielder Grant McCann, made two chances at half-time including the introduction of Tom Eaves after they did not use a recognised striker in the first half. 

The Reds thought they had doubled their lead ten minutes after the interval when Chaplin bundled in a Mowatt cross from a yard out but the flag was up for offside. 

City nearly levelled on 63 minutes after superb work on the left wing by Kamil Grosicki and Eaves who cut the ball back to Bowen whose 15-yard shot was narrowly wide of the bottom right corner. 

Brown hooked a volley wide wide from Chaplin’s left-wing cross but soon the hosts doubled the lead on 75 minutes. An excellent step over by Brown opened the visiting defence up then Mowatt played in Bahre who finished nicely for his first goal of the season. 

The visitors replied on 81 minutes when Grosicki’s left-wing cross was headed back across goal by Eaves and substitute Keane Lewis-Potter nodded in on the line.

City did not create a clear chance for a leveller and the hosts secured the win deep in injury-time when they counter-attacked then, after good work by substitute Luke Thomas, Brown’s cross was sensationally volleyed in by Chaplin from the edge of the box. 

Barnsley (4-2-3-1): Radlinger; J Williams, Andersen, Diaby, B Williams; Halme, Mowatt, Bahre (Thomas 82mins), Woodrow (Schmidt 89);  Brown, Chaplin,  Subs: Collins, Dougall,, Sibbick, Oduor, Thiam.  Goals: Mowatt 23, Bahre 75, Chaplin 90+4. 

Hull (4-2-3-1): Long; Lichaj, De Wijs, Burke, Elder; Batty, Irvine; Grosicki, Honeyman (Lopes HT), Bowler; Bowen (Eaves HT).  Subs: Ingram, Tafazolli, Kingsley, Pennington, Lewis-Potter.  Yellow cards: Irvine.  Goals: Lewis-Potter 81. 

  • 15:06pm
    A quiet first two minutes with neither side really attacking so far. Sami Radlinger has come well out of his box a couple of times but has cleared well on both occasions
  • 15:07pm
    4 It's been quite a bright start by the Reds, and Jacob Brown wins a corner on the right
  • 15:08pm
    5 Mowatt's corner is headed out then Woodrow fires over from 20 yards out
  • 15:08pm
    'That's why you're going down' sing the away fans
  • 15:09pm
    It is a diamond formation with Halme in front the back four, Alex Mowatt and Mike Bahre the wide midfielders and Cauley Woodrow behind strikers Jacob Brown and Conor Chaplin.
  • 15:11pm
    8 Radlinger makes a save from George Honeyman after good work on the right by Josh Bowler, but the flag is up for offside
  • 15:13pm
    9 Hull's first corner, taken by Bowen on the left, is headed out by Halme then eventually Ben Williams is fouled on the edge of the box
  • 15:15pm
    The first 12 minutes have been pretty even with only one shot, which went well over from Woodrow
  • 15:17pm
    14 Mowatt's free-kick into the box is scrambled out for a corner on the right
  • 15:18pm
    15 Mowatt's corner is to the near post where goalkeeper George Long fumbles it behind for another corner which is cleared
  • 15:19pm
    16 Hull have another corner which easily claimed by Radlinger
  • 15:20pm
    17 Kamil Grosicki wins a corner off Diaby but it is well cleared by Halme
  • 15:21pm
    18 Another corner is headed behind by Halme for yet another corner
  • 15:22pm
    19 This latest corner is cleared by Brown against a Hull player and goes out for a goal kick
  • 15:22pm
    Plenty of corners and free-kicks but not many passing moves going on and very few chances
  • 15:24pm
    21 Now Barnsley have a corner on the left. It is taken by Bahre and Andersen loops up a header which the goalkeeper comes off his line to catch
  • 15:26pm
    Alex Mowatt opens the scoring with a superb strike into the top left corner from the edge of the box
  • 15:28pm
    After some pinball in the box, it came to Mowatt and he brilliantly controlled the shot into a place the goalkeeper could never reach
  • 15:29pm
    Barnsley think they should have a penalty after Mike Bahre bursts into the box and there are appeals for a handball
  • 15:32pm
    This is the first time Barnsley have led since they went 2-0 up at West Brom and the first time at home since the 2-2 draw with Derby on October 5
  • 15:33pm
    It's Mowatt's second goal of the season – he also scored the first under Adam Murray against Swansea in October
  • 15:33pm
    Mowatt is now second top-scorer, joint with Cameron McGeehan, Aapo Halme and Conor Chaplin
  • 15:35pm
    The game has now calmed down a little bit but the home fans are behind their team at the moment while the away end is quiet
  • 15:36pm
    Alex Mowatt after scoring
  • 15:40pm
    Mads Andersen runs 30 odds yards with the ball as he comes out of defence. The Reds are playing with a lot more confidence today
  • 15:42pm
    Approaching the last five minutes of the first half, in which Barnsley have been the better team and deserve to lead
  • 15:45pm
    41 A huge chance for Hull to level, after some hesitant defending by Diaby and Andersen, Bowen is clean through on goal but drags his shot just wide of the bottom left corner
  • 15:47pm
    Into the last minute of the first half
  • 15:48pm
    45 Mowatt tries again from long-range but his 30-yard free-kick is pushed around the right post by Long
  • 15:48pm
    One extra minute
  • 16:05pm
    The players are back out. Tom Eaves is coming on for Hull after they played the first half with no strikers
  • 16:06pm
    Leonardo Lopes is also coming on for George Honeyman
  • 16:06pm
  • 16:10pm
    Sami Radlinger does a Cruyff turn in his own box to get away from Eaves. A scary moment
  • 16:12pm
    Hull already look more dangerous in this half, with Eaves now providing a focal point up front and Bowen just behind him. But they are yet to create a chance after the break
  • 16:17pm
    55 Barnsley think they have a second goal when Alex Mowatt's cross from the left of the box is bundled in by Conor Chaplin, but the flag is up for offside
  • 16:21pm
    Approaching the hour-mark and Barnsley are in a position to get a huge victory. The visitors have been a bit better after the break.
  • 16:21pm
    Jackson Irvine is the first man booked
  • 16:24pm
    63 Hull come very close after an excellent move. Jordan Williams loses the ball well up the pitch on the right wing then Grosicki and Eaves work it brilliantly down the flank before the latter pulls the ball back to Bowen 15 yards out but his left is narrowly wide of the bottom right corner
  • 16:28pm
    Two thirds through the game now, the away side looks a lot more threatening than in the first half but the hosts are still pushing to double their lead
  • 16:32pm
    70 Half chance for the Reds. Conor Chaplin crosses from the half but Brown hooks a volley well wide from about ten yards out
  • 16:34pm
    Conor Chaplin is down injured so there is a break and the other players have a drink
  • 16:35pm
    Play is back under way, just more than quarter of an hour for Barnsley to hang on for victory
  • 16:35pm
    Mike Bahre doubles the lead!
  • 16:37pm
    It's an excellent goal, Brown dummies the ball and Mowatt passes through to Bahre who finishes very well for his first goal of the season
  • 16:37pm
    Hull have made their last change with ex-Red Callum Elder coming off for Keane Lewis-Potter
  • 16:40pm
    It's Bahre's first goal in the Championship and first of this season
  • 16:41pm
    Keane Lewis-Potter pulls one back
  • 16:43pm
    Grosicki crosses from the left, Eaves heads it back across goal and the young sub heads in almost on the line
  • 16:43pm
    Luke Thomas has come on for Mike Bahre
  • 16:44pm
    That goal has set up a very nervous final ten minutes now
  • 16:49pm
    Into the 87th minute, Hull are yet to create a chance for a leveller. There is a tension in the ground as Barnsley look to end a 17-game winless run
  • 16:49pm
    Patrick Schmidt replaces Cauley Woodrow
  • 16:51pm
    Five added minutes and Hull have a corner
  • 16:54pm
    Barnsley are defending well, clearing a couple of corners. They have put everything into this performance
  • 16:56pm
    Conor Chaplin secures the first win in 17 matches!
  • 17:07pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 3, Hull 1.