Barnsley recorded a third straight win and moved to within three points of safety with a 1-0 victory at Hull City on Wednesday evening. 

Cauley Woodrow opened the scoring late in the first half which the Reds dominated then the visitors held onto their lead in a more even second half. 

The result took Barnsley off the foot of the table and halved the gap between them and safety from six points. It is the first time they have won three straight Championship games since early in the 2016/17 season while and their first back-to-back away victories at that level since later in that campaign when they won at Cardiff and Nottingham Forest. It is also their first run of three successive Championship clean sheets since 2010. 

Luke Thomas replaced Kilian Ludewig in the only change from Saturday’s win over Middlesbrough at Oakwell, as the Reds returned to their 4-4-2 diamond formation.

Home goalkeeper George Long fumbled a Jacob Brown header wide of his goal after a deflected cross by Thomas. Hull’s Jon Toral then blazed across the Barnsley goal from a very tight angle on the left of the box. 

Chaplin could not control a Woodrow throughball which would have left him with only the goalkeeper to beat then Long beat him to a raking Alex Mowatt pass into the area. 

Thomas exchanged passes with Chaplin on the edge of the box before skipping around a defender in the box but his shot from the right ten yards out was well over. 

Barnsley looked to be denied a blatant penalty in the 32nd minute when Woodrow and Chaplin attempted to exchange passes in the box before the former was clearly fouled by Jordy De Wijs. But no penalty was given, possibly because the referee played advantage as the ball broke to Thomas whose shot from the edge of the box was cleared off the line by Matthew Pennington. 

Brown headed a right-wing cross over the bar then Chaplin had a shot from the right side of the box turned wide by Long. 

The goal eventually came from a left-wing cross by Chaplin which was badly spilled by Long and Woodrow was there to tap in his 14th of the Championship season. 

It was almost 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when a long ball put Brown clean through on the right but Long came off his line to make a good one-on-one save. 

Hull made two changes at the break while Clarke Oduor was replaced by Ludewig. Long nearly gifted Woodrow another goal seconds half the restart when his sliced clearance outside his box on the right went straight to the Barnsley man who had to shoot quickly from 45 yards and it went wide. 

Substitute Martin Samuelsen – a former Barnsley trialist – forced Brad Collins into his first save of the night as his header from a right-wing cross was clawed out of the bottom right corner. 

Michael Sollbauer then came very close to his first Barnsley goal as, after Woodrow flicked a Mowatt cross, the centre-back chested the ball down and fired past Long but Pennington cleared off the line for the second time in the game. Halme headed the resulting corner well wide.  Sean McLoughlin headed a right-wing corner well wide in the 90th minute. 

Barnsley (4-4-2 diamond): Collins; J Williams, Halme, Sollbauer, Oduor (Ludewig HT); Mowatt, Bahre (Ritzmaier 51mins), Thomas (B Williams 74), Woodrow; Chaplin, Brown  Unused: Walton, Dougall, Schmidt, Simoes.  Yellow cards: Halme. Goals: Woodrow 42. 

Hull (4-2-3-1): Long; McKenzie, de Wijs (McLoughlin 54mins), Pennington, Elder; Lopes, Stewart, Maddison (Samuelsen HT), Irvine, Toral (Honeyman HT);  Magennis Unused: Ingram, Batty, Kingsley, Balogh. 

  • 19:46pm
    The Barnsley fans are pretty loud in a very sparsely populated stadium
  • 19:48pm
    A quiet first couple of minutes at the KCOM Stadium, with the visitors just shading possession so far
  • 19:49pm
    Hull are playing a 4-2-3-1 formation tonight with Josh Magennis up front on his own
  • 19:51pm
    7 A decent move sees Oduor put through on the left of the box but the offside flag goes up
  • 19:54pm
    9 Thomas' cross from the right of the box takes a big deflection and loops high into the air before Brown heads it from about eight yards out and goalkeeper George Long appears to fumble it behind. The corner is taken quickly but goes out
  • 19:57pm
    12 Hull's first chance sees Jon Toral attempt an audacious shot from a very tight angle on the left but it is very powerful and all the way across the goal then out
  • 20:00pm
    14 Barnsley chance. A long ball is headed by a defender to Brown whose shot is blocked and so is Woodrow's. The resulting corner is then cleared
  • 20:01pm
    Barnsley have probably just shaded the first 15 minutes and have played some good football but no big chances so far
  • 20:04pm
    18 Really nice move as through balls from Mowatt then Woodrow put Chaplin clean through but he seems to jump over the ball about 30 yards out when, if he had controlled it, he would have been through one-on-one
  • 20:08pm
    22 Hull think they should have a penalty after Marcus Maddison goes down in the box next to Clarke Oduor. There didn't look to be much contact. The replay shows it's a minor shoulder barge by Oduor, surely not enough for a penalty.
  • 20:08pm
    Sollbauer had left his team in trouble for that attack by being very hesitant and allowing Jon Toral to get on the ball and play Maddison in
  • 20:10pm
    25 Alex Mowatt's raking ball into the box is chased by Chaplin but goalkeeper Long just gets there first and a touch off his glove means a corner which he then punches away
  • 20:11pm
    26 Another decent chance for the Reds as Thomas swaps passes with Chaplin on the edge of the box then brilliantly skips past a defender but, on the right of the box ten yards out, blazes well over the bar
  • 20:13pm
    Barnsley have certainly been the better side in this game so far and, although they haven't had a really clear cut chance, they look the more likely to take the lead
  • 20:16pm
    Alex Mowatt has been the best player on the pitch so far, he's controlling things from the middle of the park and finding his team-mates in good positions with ease
  • 20:18pm
    32 Barnsley really close to an opener, Woodrow gives the ball to Chaplin and the pass is return to him but he is totally taken out by a defender. The referee does not give a penalty then Luke Thomas shot is cleared off the line
  • 20:19pm
    It was Jordy De Wijs who took out Woodrow in the box then Matt Pennington who cleared off the line
  • 20:20pm
    34 Now Jacob Brown heads over from a cross on the right
  • 20:22pm
    36 Now Chaplin tests the goalkeeper from the right side of the box but he turns it behind for a corner which is taken quickly then cleared
  • 20:24pm
    38 Now a big chance for Hull. A decent move sees the ball played to Magennis in space in the box but Mowatt makes a fantastic block to put it wide
  • 20:26pm
    Aapo Halme booked. That's his ninth of the season. One more before 37 games and he'll be banned for 2 games
  • 20:30pm
    Cauley Woodrow after a bad goalkeeping error
  • 20:30pm
    A cross from the left is fumbled and Woodrow taps in
  • 20:31pm
    45 Now Brown has a big chance for 2-0 as he latches on to a long ball and goes clean through on the right but Long saves
  • 20:32pm
    HALF-TIME: Hull 0, Barnsley 1
  • 20:49pm
    Ludewig replaces Clarke Oduor
  • 20:50pm
    Hull replace Maddison with former Barnsley trialist Martin Samuelson while George Honeyman comes on for Toral
  • 20:50pm
  • 20:52pm
    46 Long nearly gifts Woodrow another good as he comes out of the box to the right but clears to Woodrow whose shot from 45 yards goes wide
  • 20:54pm
    Jackson Irvine first man in the book for the hosts
  • 20:55pm
    Looks as though Ritzmaier is coming on
  • 20:56pm
    Ritzmaier replaces Bahre
  • 20:58pm
    Hull make a third change. The injured Jordy De Wijs comes off for Sean McLoughlin
  • 20:59pm
    So five substitutions in the last ten minutes
  • 21:00pm
    55 Good chance for Hull. A cross from the right is headed by Samuelsen but Collins gets down to his left to make his first save of the night. The corner is cleared
  • 21:02pm
    57 Irvine now sends a header well, well wide
  • 21:05pm
    60 Brown wins a corner on the left. Mowatt takes it and it is headed behind for another corner at the back post
  • 21:06pm
    61 Another Mowatt corner is cleared then there is some real pinball in the box before Mowatt blazes over eight yards out
  • 21:09pm
    64 George Honeyman smashes a 25-yard free-kick well over
  • 21:12pm
    Almost halfway through the first half now. Barnsley have been the better team across the whole game, by a long way, but Hull have offered a bit more in the second half
  • 21:15pm
    69 Michael Sollbauer nearly scores his first Barnsley goal. A Mowatt cross from the left is flicked on by Woodrow and the centre-back chests down before firing past long but Pennington saves off the line for the second time in the game. Halme then fires over from the resulting corner
  • 21:18pm
    I can't remember Barnsley creating as many chances as this all season. They could easily have five
  • 21:18pm
    Luke Thomas is replaced by Ben Williams
  • 21:19pm
    It looks as though Barnsley have gone back into a back three with J Williams on the left of the centre-backs and B Williams left wing-back
  • 21:22pm
    The news from elsewhere is that Wigan are also winning, at Reading, but a third straight win would move Barnsley to within three points of safety as it stands as Middlesbrough are 1-0 down at home to Leeds
  • 21:23pm
    78 Collins makes his second half of the night. A right-wing cross is first headed by Pennington then Irvine with Collins tipping over
  • 21:25pm
    Into the 80th minute now. The hosts have had the better of the last five to ten. Can Barnsley hang on for another win?
  • 21:27pm
    82 After excellent work from Ludewig on the right, Woodrow shoots from 25 yards but it goes just over
  • 21:31pm
    In to the final five minutes. It is Barnsley who are having more of the ball and the hosts don't look that threatening
  • 21:34pm
    90 McLoughlin heads a right-wing corner well wide
  • 21:35pm
    Four added minutes
  • 21:37pm
    90+2 Woodrow wins a corner on the left. He takes it short to Brown but they lose it then Ben Williams' tackle gives Hull a throw deep in their half
  • 21:38pm
    90+3 Honeyman's free-kick from the right is very well claimed by Collins
  • 21:39pm
    FULL-TIME: Hull 0, Barnsley 1