Barnsley maintained their excellent re-start of the Championship season with a 2-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening. 

Substitute Conor Chaplin opened the scoring, a minute after coming on, then Jacob Brown netted his first ever home Championship goal. 

The result took Barnsley off bottom of the table and within a point of safety but that gap could increase when Huddersfield Town and Hull City play later in the week. 

The Reds have now collected seven points from a possible nine after the suspension of football, while they have not conceded a goal in their three games. 

Gerhard Struber made his first change in three games since the re-start, with Jordan Williams replacing Kilian Ludewig at right wing-back.

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Cauley Woodrow had the first shot of the game, his powerful low 20-yard effort forcing Christian Walton to dive down to his left and push ball the ball away. Romal Palmer then fired well over from a similar distance after Brown laid off an Alex Mowatt cross for him. Mowatt had a shot blocked in the box after a good move involving Woodrow and Elliot Simoes. 

But, after defending for most of the first 20 minutes, Blackburn then had a long spell of dominance. Former Barnsley loanee Adam Armstrong forced goalkeeper Jack Walton into two routine stops with powerful shots from the edge of the box before he deflected over a Brown clearance after Walton had impressively kept out Bradley Johnson’s volley from a corner. 

Walton saved easily from a long-range effort by former England man Stewart Downing then ex-Blackburn defender Ben Williams gifted Samuel the ball but made an excellent tackle in his box. Samuel also beat two men on the right of the area and fired the ball across the six-yard box with Armstrong inches away from diverting it in. 

Palmer came off with an injury late in the first half and was replaced by Callum Styles. Brown hit a tame 20-yard shot straight at the goalkeeper just before the break then Mowatt’s 25-yard swerving effort was pushed away by Walton.  

Samuel missed another gilt-edged chance in the six-yard box three minutes into the second half as he met Downing’s left-wing free-kick but again blazed over with his right foot. 

Struber made a triple change before the hour-mark with Chaplin and Luke Thomas replacing Marcel Ritzmaier an Simoes, while Ludewig came on for Jordan Williams who had had a difficult evening. The Reds reverted to a 4-4-2 diamond. 

A minute later, Ludewig crossed from the right and Chaplin superbly headed the ball in from 12 yards out off the left post. It was his 13th goal of the season and Barnsley’s first at home since his winner against Middlesbrough in February.

Chaplin made a huge impact as his low left-wing cross was side-footed wide by Woodrow then the substitute forced Walton into a low save with an effort from the edge of the box. 

Blackburn made four changes in the second drinks break but were soon down to ten men as, one of their replacements, Ben Brereton lunged in on Kilian Ludewig. They then went 2-0 down as Mowatt passed through a huge hole in the visiting defence to Brown who was clean through and fired into the bottom left corner. 

Rovers saw Johnson’s 30-yard effort easily held by Walton but never looked like getting back into the game.  

Barnsley (3-4-1-2): Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, B Williams; J Williams (Ludewig 56mins), Palmer (Styles 38), Mowatt, Ritzmaier (Chaplin 56); Simoes (Thomas 56); Woodrow (Schmidt 80), Brown. Unused: Collins, Halme, Bahre, Oduor.  Yellow cards: Simoes.  Goals: Chaplin 58, Brown 76. 

Blackburn (4-3-1-2): Walton; Nyambe, Adarbioyo, Mulgrew, Bennett (Chapman 83mins); Downing, Johnson, Rothwell (Gallagher 67); Holtby (Davenport 67): Samuel (Brereton 67), Armstrong (Graham 67) Unused: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Carter, Vale. 

  • 18:04pm
    Both sides knelt before kick-off in support of Black Lives Matter
  • 18:07pm
    5 Cauley Woodrow has the first shot of the match, firing low from about 20 yards out but Christian Walton dives to his left to save
  • 18:09pm
    7 Ex-Red Adam Armstrong looks to have sprinted away from Sollbauer on the left of the box but the Barnsley defender does well to recover and shepherd the ball out for what would be a goal kick before he is actually fouled by Armstrong
  • 18:11pm
    9 Now Romal Palmer has a shot, firing well over from just outside the box after Brown laid off Mowatt's cross for him
  • 18:12pm
    11 Blackburn free-kick on the right. Charlie Mulgrew whips it well over the bar from the wing
  • 18:13pm
    Blackburn are playing a back four, with three central midfielders in Bradley Johnson, Stewart Downing and ex-Red Joe Rothwell. Then former Germany player Lewis Holtby is behind the strikers Armstrong and Dominic Samuel
  • 18:18pm
    17 A nice move sees Woodrow pass to Simoes who plays in Mowatt but his ten-yard shot is blocked by a defender for a corner
  • 18:19pm
    17 Palmer's corner from the right was headed on by Sollbauer, Mowatt and Andersen then looked to fall at the feet of Woodrow five yards out but was cleared at the last second
  • 18:20pm
    Barnsley are already looking a bit more fluid in attack in general play than on Saturday and their crosses have been more testing as well so far.
  • 18:24pm
    23 Ex-Red Armstrong has the visitors' first shot on target as he cuts in from the left but his 20-yard effort is straight into the chest of goalkeeper Jack Walton
  • 18:27pm
    The teams have had a short drinks break and are now back in action
  • 18:29pm
    27 Another effort from Armstrong, this time just inside the box on the left. It looked to be going wide but Walton made sure by turning it around his near post
  • 18:30pm
    28 Extraordinary miss for the visitors. A header from a corner is well-saved by Walton but the rebound should be booted in from four yards but is instead fired over by Samuel
  • 18:31pm
    It was a header by Bradley Johnson then the rebound was skied by Armstrong
  • 18:33pm
    32 Now Downing shoots from about 25 yards out but it lacks power and is straight at Walton
  • 18:34pm
    33 Nearly a horrible moment for Ben Williams against his former club as he lets the ball roll past him into the path of Samuel but comes up with an excellent tackle in the box
  • 18:34pm
    33 Rovers all over Barnsley now. Samuel beats two men on the right of the box then fires the ball across the six yard box but no one can touch it in
  • 18:37pm
    Romal Palmer has just spent a minute on the ground getting treatment. That problem came at a good time for the Reds since they were really under the cosh and have all be able to go over to Struber for a chat
  • 18:39pm
    37 Romal Palmer comes off with that injury and is replaced by Callum Styles
  • 18:41pm
    Marcel Ritzmaier has gone into central midfielder with Mowatt and Styles is now at left wing-back
  • 18:42pm
    Joe Rothwell has been receiving treatment for Blackburn and now he's hobbling off
  • 18:44pm
    Rothwell is back on. Only a few minutes left in the first half. Barnsley will probably be happy to get to half-time at 0-0.
  • 18:46pm
    45 Brown gets in a decent position about 20 yards out on the right side but drags a tame shot straight to the goalkeeper
  • 18:47pm
    Four added minutes
  • 18:48pm
    45+1 A cross from the left is flicked by the head of Andersen and it goes narrowly wide of Barnsley's bottom right corner
  • 18:50pm
    Blackburn have almost total possession in the last 25 minutes. They have got a fair bit of joy in between Barnsley 's back three and their wing-backs
  • 18:51pm
    45+4 Mowatt shoots from 25 yards and Walton palms it away
  • 18:51pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Blackburn Rovers 0
  • 19:06pm
  • 19:09pm
    48 Blackburn free-kick on the left. Downing takes it. Again Dominic Samuel misses a glorious chance, blasting over the bar from six yards out this time
  • 19:10pm
    If Barnsley get anything from this game, they will be very grateful to Dominic Samuel who has passed up two glorious opportunities by smashing the ball over the ball from inside the six-yard box
  • 19:15pm
    54 Styles intercepts a bad kick by the keeper and charges down the right wing then into the box but he hesitates to pass then his blasted cross is deflected and eventually gathered by Walton
  • 19:16pm
    A triple changes for Barnsley
  • 19:16pm
    Jordan Williams is replaced by Kilian Ludewig. He has had a tough game tonight
  • 19:16pm
    Conor Chaplin comes on for Marcel Ritzmaier
  • 19:16pm
    Luke Thomas is on for Elliot Simoes
  • 19:18pm
    Conor Chaplin scores!
  • 19:21pm
    A massive moment. Chaplin meets the cross from his fellow sub Ludewig and heads in off the left post from about 12 yards out
  • 19:23pm
    63 A chance for 2-0. Chaplin's low ball into the box is met by Woodrow 12 yards out but he side foots well wide
  • 19:24pm
    64 Now Chaplin shoots from just inside the box and Walton saves. He's changed the game since coming on
  • 19:27pm
    Suddenly Barnsley have a new energy, they can competing so much better for every ball and their visitors look rattled
  • 19:28pm
    Blackburn's first chance sees Dominic Samuel and Adam Armstrong taken off for Danny Graham and Ben Brereton
  • 19:28pm
    A third change sees Jacob Davenport come on for Lewis Holtby
  • 19:29pm
    Blackburn have made four changes in one go, with ex-Red Joe Rothwell replaced by £5million striker Sam Gallagher.
  • 19:32pm
    71 Mowatt shoots wide with a low 20-yard effort after good work on the left by Brown and Styles
  • 19:35pm
    Here's the goal
  • 19:36pm
    Jacob Brown doubles the lead!
  • 19:37pm
    Alex Mowatt puts hims clean through on goal, he runs into the box and finds the bottom left corner
  • 19:40pm
    80 Barnsley well on top now. Woodrow's deflected shot goes just wide of the bottom left corner
  • 19:40pm
    Patrick Schmidt comes on for Cauley Woodrow
  • 19:43pm
    Blackburn's last change sees ex-Red Harry Chapman come on for Elliot Bennett
  • 19:45pm
    85 Blackburn looking desperate and out of ideas. Johnson's tame 30-yard effort is held by Walton
  • 19:52pm
    Five added minutes
  • 19:55pm
    90+3 Harry Chapman booked for taking out Ben Williams
  • 19:56pm
    GAME OVER: Barnsley 2, Blackburn 0. A massive win for the Reds who have seven points from nine after the re-start and are off bottom and a point from safety (ahead of the results from 7.45pm kick-offs).