Barnsley kept their first clean sheet in 19 games in a 0-0 draw at Swansea City on Sunday. 

The Reds are now unbeaten in five games and moved up a place to third-bottom, now in the relegation zone on goal difference. 

The hosts forced Sami Radlinger into a string of good saves and hit the crossbar but the visitors also hit the post through Jacob Brown and had three goals ruled out for offside. 

Gerhard Struber kept the same team that drew with West Brom on Thursday, after Alex Mowatt recovered from illness. 

There were no chances in the first quarter of the match until Conor Chaplin headed a left-wing cross well off-target from 12 yards out. Chaplin then had a goal ruled out for offside after kicking in from a few yards out following Cauley Woodrow’s backheel from a Jordan Williams cross. 

The Swans had offered very little going forward in the first half an hour but then suddenly had three chances in five minutes. First, after Williams failed to cut out a simple pass, Bersant Celina burst into the box from the left and had the first shot on target of the game which was blocked by the legs of Radlinger. 

The goalkeeper made an even better save seconds later when a cross from the left was not cleared and Sam Surridge was free on the right of the six-yard box but Radlinger came up with an outstanding point blank stop. 

Radlinger almost cost his team a goal soon after when he raced out of his box to head away a long ball but it went straight to a Swansea man and Surridge shot from 35 yards but it lofted onto the bar. 

The Reds had a huge chance to take the lead early in the second half when Mowatt’s low cross from the left took a slight deflection and reached Brown at the far post three yards out but he slammed his effort against the post.

At the other end, Radlinger made another save from an Andre Ayew header then Celina put the rebound well over with the goal gaping. 

Struber made a double change after an hour with Mike Bahre and Patrick Schmidt coming on for Mowatt and Brown. Both Schmidt and Chaplin put the ball in the net but were each given offside as they went through on goal, with the same happening at the other end to Surridge. 

Swansea substitute George Byers and Barnsley’s Luke Thomas each fired wide of the bottom right corner from just outside the box. Woodrow’s effort from a similar distance was straight at the goalkeeper then Celina drew a save out of Radlinger who had to dive to his right to push away the 25-yard effort. 

Barnsley (4-4-2 diamond): Radlinger; J Williams, Diaby, Andersen, Ouder; Halme, Mowatt (Bahre 61mins), Thomas, Woodrow; Chaplin, Brown (Schmidt 61). Unused: Collins, Sibbick, Dougall, Simoes, Styles.   Yellow cards: Mowatt, Andersen, Diaby. 

Swansea (4-3-3): Woodman; Naughton, Cabango, Wilmot, Bidwell; Carroll (Byers 70mins), Grimes, Fulton; Celina, Surridge (Routledge 77), Ayew.  Unused: Nordfeldt, John, McKay, Baston, Roberts.  Yellow cards: Carroll.

  • Game underway
  • 15:04pm
    Decent start for the visitors. They have had a fair bit of the ball and passed it nicely in the home half. No chances yet
  • 15:06pm
    Sounds like ex-Red Marley Watkins has put Bristol City ahead against Barnsley's relegation rivals Luton
  • 15:06pm
    Barnsley are still attacking here. Most of the game has been spent in the home half but there have been on chances as of yet
  • 15:09pm
    8 A bullocking run from Bambo Diaby up the centre of the pitch to the edge of the Swansea box but he is tackled
  • 15:11pm
    11 First attack from Swansea after some good touches by Ayew and Celina but the cross from the left is easily caught by Radlinger
  • 15:14pm
    14 Swansea appeal for a foul by Halme on Celina but it was very optimistic as the defender barely seemed to touch the Kosovan
  • 15:17pm
    Clarke Oduor looks a quality football, he's been very solid at left-back in the last three games and today already he has shown off some excellent skill as Barnsley kept possession well
  • 15:18pm
    18 Mowatt takes a free-kick on the left, Diaby tries to get on the end of it at the back post but a defender heads it back to the goalkeeper
  • 15:21pm
    20 minutes in and no chances for either side but Barnsley have given as good as they have got and played some good stuff
  • 15:23pm
    22 The first shot on target of the game as a cross from the left is flicked by the head of Chaplin and it goes over
  • 15:23pm
    Alex Mowatt the first man in the book for a foul 45 yards from the Reds goal
  • 15:27pm
    27 Chaplin free-kick is blocked then his follow-up cross is cleared
  • 15:28pm
    28 Chaplin has the ball in the net but it's ruled out for offside and rightly so. it was turned in after Woodrow back heeled Williams' cross
  • 15:29pm
    Mads Andersen joins his captain in the book. Free-kick on left wing
  • 15:29pm
    29 Oduor heads free-kick away then closes down the ball and helps the visitors get the ball away
  • 15:34pm
    33 Swansea's first chance and the game's first shot on target. Williams lets the ball under his foot and Celina is in on the left but Radlinger comes up with a good save with his feet
  • 15:35pm
    32 A massive save by Radlinger! A cross from the right totally opens the Reds up and Surridge looks certain to score but the goalkeeper makes an outstanding point blank save
  • 15:37pm
    35 Another huge chance for the hosts. Radlinger rushes out of his box and heads the ball but straight to a home player and Surridge shoots towards the empty goal but it bounces off the crossbar
  • 15:38pm
    So that's three big chances in as many minutes for City but it is still 0-0
  • 15:38pm
    Tom Carroll booked for clearly pulling back Diaby who was surging forward
  • 15:43pm
    43 Swansea free-kick taken by Celina. He goes for goal from 30 yards and puts it just over the bar
  • 15:44pm
    The Reds will be happy to get to half-time. They have been under the cosh a lot in the last 15 minutes
  • 15:47pm
    HALF-TIME: Swansea 0, Barnsley 0
  • 16:02pm
  • 16:04pm
    47 Bright start after break for visitors. They win a corner which is half cleared then Woodrow's shot is blocked
  • 16:04pm
    48 Another corner for the Reds, this time it is easily cleared by the hosts. But a good start to the second half for Barnsley
  • 16:06pm
    Bambo Diaby joins Andersen in the book after taking out Surridge on the right wing
  • 16:07pm
    Swansea had a four on four chance to counter attack but a poor pass is cut out by Andersen and there are loud moans and groans around this ground
  • 16:09pm
    52 Mowatt's third corner of second half is cleared easily
  • 16:10pm
    52 Massive chance for the Reds. Mowatt sends in a low cross from the left and it takes a deflection before reaching Brown at the back post but, two yards out, he slams it against the post
  • 16:11pm
    55 Surridge heads a left wing cross but it floats into the hands of Radlinger
  • 16:13pm
    56 Radlinger makes another save, this time from Ayew's flick header at the front post then Celina fired over
  • 16:14pm
    57 Surridge goals clean through on goal and nets but the flag had long since been up
  • 16:16pm
    Mike Bahre and Patrick Schmidt are both about to come on
  • 16:17pm
    Bahre on for Mowatt
  • 16:17pm
    Schmidt on for Brown
  • 16:19pm
    Alex Mowatt has been booked and he's previously been ill so maybe the right decision to give him half an hour off. Brown has been poor and missed the big chance
  • 16:21pm
    64 Schmidt's cross falls to Thomas on the right of the box but his cross is blocked
  • 16:23pm
    For the third time this game the ball is in the net but the linesman's flag is up as Schmidt goes through on goal but fires in but he is ruled offside
  • 16:25pm
    Again the offside flag is up as Andersen meets a free-kick from the right and his header is well saved but it doesn't matter
  • 16:26pm
    Swansea bring on George Byers for Tom Carroll. It's their first change
  • 16:28pm
    Halme getting treatment, Dougall about to come on
  • 16:31pm
    Approaching the final 15 minutes. Dougall yet to come on. Swansea have been on the front foot recently without creating any major chances. Barnsley close to their first clean sheet since August
  • 16:33pm
    76 Barnsley have the ball in the net for the third time but, for the second time, Chaplin is giving offside as he fires in
  • 16:34pm
    77 Decent chance for Swansea. Naughton squares to the edge of the box where Byers fires wide of the bottom right corner
  • 16:36pm
    78 Now Luke Thomas advances towards the home box before firing wide of the bottom right corner from 20 yards
  • 16:38pm
    81 Woodrow shoots from outside the box but it is weak and straight at the goalkeeper who gathers easily
  • 16:41pm
    83 Celina in a great position on the left but does not shoot until he has taken it way out of the box then Radlinger dramatically dives to his right to parry
  • 16:42pm
    86 Swansea take a free-kick from the right but it is cleared. Barnsley so close to a first clean sheet in 18 games
  • 16:45pm
    88 Oduor, one of the best players this afternoon, skips into the box but blazes a shot wide from the left of the box
  • 16:47pm
    Conor Chaplin booked for punching the ball away after not being given a free-kick
  • 16:50pm
    Deep into injury-time. Will either side get a goal here?
  • 16:51pm
    FULL-TIME: Swansea 0, Barnsley 0. A first clean sheet in 19 games since August for the Reds who are unbeaten in five