BARNSLEY started brightly on a blustery night under the Oakwell lights, but a single second half goal from a very ordinary Birmingham side was enough to see them lose what was described beforehand as a must-win game.

In the first half, the Reds produced a battling performance befitting the tempestuous conditions, with sleet and swirling winds relegating the better football to small moments - but the second half saw Gerhard Struber's side wane badly.

An early chance for the Reds saw Conor Chaplin pick up on a ball played down the line by Clarke Oduor and fire a cross to Jacob Brown, but the forward couldn’t reach it.

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The side’s first real chance came on the 15-minute mark, Cauley Woodrow getting a sight of goal but sending his side-footed effort wide of the near post from Brown’s lay-off 25 yards out on the right.

The visitors then tried their luck through Jude Bellingham, who was impressive on the right. He stole the ball from Oduor and drove at goal, his shot blocked.

Ivan Sunjic attempted a shot following the resulting corner, but his effort was blocked and saw the Reds counter.Brown sprang up the left side of the pitch and found Williams on the opposite flank, whose low strike was saved by Lee Camp at his near post.

Jake Clarke-Salter then headed over from a Bellingham free kick after the midfielder was caught by Oduor’s high boot – the full-back was subsequently hauled off for Kilian Ludewig, with Williams swapping to the left.

In the 30th minute Callum Styles went close with a fine left-footed drive, forcing Camp into a one-handed save as he tipped the ball over the bar.

Five minutes later the Blues ‘keeper misjudged a clearance, which Brown plucked out of the air with a superb touch. The forward danced past three defenders before seeing his low right-footed strike from the edge of the box saved by Camp.

The ‘keeper clutched the ball gratefully to his chest as Chaplin rushed in for the rebound.Scott Hogan then went close for the visitors, collecting a ball lobbed over the back four and sprinting towards Collins’ goal.

The stopper did well to get his feet in the way and Ludewig cleared.Conor Chaplin went close a minute from the break, finishing a well-worked move with a swerving drive that narrowly avoided the far post from the right after receiving the ball from Styles.

The second half started slowly, the first chance falling to Elliot Simoes who flashed his effort well over the bar after picking the ball up from Woodrow in the 50th minute.

If it started slowly, the intensity remained at fairly tepid levels throughout.

That would turn out to be the home side’s only effort of the second half, apart from a Woodrow shot that sailed over the bar as Brown, who laid the striker off, was offside.In the 65th minute Bellingham advanced through the midfield and took aim, but his off-balance effort was wide of the mark.

It was Bellingham that was responsible for setting up Scott Hogan for the visitors’ goal in the 76th minute, setting off on a dribbling run and playing it inside for the forward.

Hogan, with his back to goal, found the far corner with his left-footed strike.

  • 19:47pm
    1 The ball is rolled back to ex-Red Marc Roberts from the visitors' kick-off, and it's knocked up and out for a goal kick.
  • 19:49pm
    2 Clarke Oduor does well to take on Jude Bellingham and play the ball down the line for Elliot SImoes, but the move breaks down and the ball's cleared out for a throw on the opposite side of the pitch.
  • 19:51pm
    3 Kristian Pedersen wins a corner for the visitors as his cross cannons out off the defender. The ball is played in by Jude Bellingham and is clipped over the bar by Scott Hogan.
  • 19:52pm
    5 A good move is started by Cauley Woodrow who lays the ball off to Callum Styles in the centre circle. He finds Clarke Oduor on the left, whose through ball down the wing is picked up by Conor Chaplin. Jacob Brown stretches but can't get to the forward's cross into the box.
  • 19:55pm
    8 Clarke Oduor plays it inside to Elliot Simoes, who drops his shoulder to deceive Gary Gardner before playing a cute pass to Jacob Brown, but it was just a little too fast for the striker.
  • 19:57pm
    10 Lee Camp steps up to take a free kick for Birmingham from just inside their half, but it's repelled and sent back up the pitch for a throw-in by Callum Styles.
  • 20:00pm
    13 Scott Hogan is called offside and Brad Collins takes the free kick about six yards away from his penalty area. The Reds break, but Jacob Brown concedes a throw-in with some sloppy dribbling on the right wing.
  • 20:01pm
    15 Cauley Woodrow receives a lay-off from Jacob Brown on the right and takes a touch before winding up to shoot. His swerving effort is wide of the near post from 25 yards out.
  • 20:03pm
    16 Clarke Oduor is dispossessed in a bad position by Jude Bellingham, who gratefully advances past the full-back and has an effort deflected out for a corner. Ivan Sunjic gets the ball on the edge of the box, but his effort is blocked.
  • 20:04pm
    17 The Reds break from the corner with Jacob Brown, who flies down the left and plays the ball to Jordan Williams on the opposite side. The full-back sends a fierce effort goalwards, but his low drive is saved by Lee Camp at his near post. Great strike.
  • 20:06pm
    19 Jude Bellingham does well on the visitors' right again as he takes the ball off Alex Mowatt and sets off on a charge. Jefferson Montero receives it on the left and loops a cross high over the goal.
  • 20:10pm
    23 Jude Bellingham is caught by Clarke Oduor with a high boot on the right; He swings the free kick in from deep, and Jake Clarke-Salter's header is wayward.
  • 20:13pm
    26 The Reds pass it around at the back, but pressure from Jude Bellingham and Scott Hogan forces Brad Collins to play a long pass which Jacob Brown can't get to.
  • 20:13pm
    27 Clarke Oduor
  • 20:13pm
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    27 Kilian Ludewig
  • 20:14pm
    28 Mads Andersen goes into the book for a trip on Gary Gardner on the visitors' right.
  • 20:16pm
    29 Callum Styles forces a great save out of Lee Camp. The midfielder picked up a loose ball after Cauley Woodrow was tackled on the edge of the box. He produced a powerful left-footed effort that the keeper tipped over the bar with one hand.
  • 20:19pm
    32 Mads Andersen misses a header as the ball is played into Lukas Jutkiewicz, but the forward looked to foul Andersen as he challenged for the ball. The ref didn't give it and Jutkiewicz had time to shoot, but Jordan Williams slid across with a good block.
  • 20:23pm
    35 Lee Camp tries to juggle the ball before misjudging his clearance. Jacob Brown picks it up with a superb touch and then another moment of magic, as he dances past a challenge and fires a low effort towards goal from the edge of the box. Camp gets down to it, and with Conor Chaplin rushing in he clutches the ball to his chest.
  • 20:25pm
    38 Scott Hogan chases a lobbed ball over the back four and sprints towards Brad Collins' goal. He strikes at the near post from close range, Collins gets his legs in the way, and Kilian Ludewig can clear.
  • 20:31pm
    44 Conor Chaplin powers the ball wide of the far post from the left. The forward had received the ball from Callum Style but, with Kilian Ludewig overlapping, elected to shoot. He wasn't far off.
  • 20:32pm
    45 The Reds pile on the pressure in front of Birmingham's penalty area, but the move breaks down as Callum Styles is dispossessed by Ivan Sunjic. He appeals for a foul, but nothing given.
  • 20:33pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 0.
  • 20:50pm
    Callum Styles
  • 20:50pm
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    Mike Bahre
  • 20:50pm
  • 20:54pm
    49 A slow start to the second half so far. Struber has made a change to his side, a like for like replacement with Mike Bahre coming in for Callum Styles in midfield.
  • 20:55pm
    50 Elliot Simoes swings a boot at it from outside the box after Cauley Woodrow gives him the ball, but his effort is well over the bar.
  • 20:57pm
    51 Kristian Pedersen goes on a charge down the left and cuts inside. He's seemingly tripped but the free kick goes Barnsley's way, Brad Collins taking it from the edge of his box.
  • 21:05pm
    59 A break in play as Alex Mowatt goes down clutching his right calf, but he's back on his feet.
  • 21:08pm
    62 Cauley Woodrow fires over - but the whistle had already gone for offside as Jacob Brown was offside when he laid it off for the striker.
  • 21:10pm
    65 A Marc Roberts long throw, familiar to the home fans, is repelled and cleared by Mike Bahre.
  • 21:11pm
    66 Jude Bellingham fires wide from the edge of the box after advancing through the midfield.
  • 21:13pm
    67 Lukas Jutkiewicz bundles Brad Collins over as the keeper collects a cross.
  • 21:15pm
    69 Mads Andersen with a great sliding challenge to intercept Scott Hogan's low cross into the box. The Reds then win a free kick as Elliot Simoes is tripped just outside the penalty area.
  • 21:15pm
    70 Elliot Simoes
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    70 Luke Thomas
  • 21:16pm
    Jefferson Montero
  • 21:16pm
    SUB ON
    Jeremie Bela
  • 21:17pm
    72 A Reds corner is defended well after Jacob Brown's right wing cross was knocked out by Lee Camp.
  • 21:20pm
    74 Jude Bellingham sends a lofted delivery into the box which Marc Roberts gets his head to, but it's wide.
  • 21:21pm
    76 Scott Hogan
  • 21:24pm
    76 Hogan did well to find the far corner with his left-footed drive after Jude Bellingham dribbled into the box on the right.
  • 21:28pm
    82 Cauley Woodrow and Luke Thomas combine well on the right, but the former's ball into the box is blocked and it's cleared.
  • 21:31pm
    85 Lukas Jutkiewicz fires well over the bar with his left from just outside the box. A good move from the visitors saw Jeremie Bela skip inside and play it to the striker.
  • 21:32pm
    86 Lukas Jutkiewicz
  • 21:32pm
    SUB ON
    86 Harlee Dean
  • 21:32pm
    88 Jude Bellingham
  • 21:33pm
    SUB ON
    88 Wes Harding
  • 21:35pm
    4 minutes
  • 21:39pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 1.