Barnsley drew 0-0 at home to ten man Wigan Athletic in a basement battle in the Championship on Saturday. 

Wigan’s Danny Fox was sent off midway through the second half but the Reds, although they had the better chances throughout, could not find the net. 

Barnsley are two points off safety, if you adjust the table for Wigan’s 12-point deduction for going into administration, with three games remaining against top five sides Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Brentford. 

Head coach Gerhard Struber made two changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Luton Town on Tuesday as Callum Styles and Elliot Simoes started in place of Conor Chaplin and Mike Bahre. Styles played at left wing-back with Marcel Ritzmaier moving into central midfield in a 3-4-1-2. 

The home side started the brighter of the two, attacking with energy and fluidity, especially through Styles on the left, and pressing their visitors into mistakes. 

Barnsley almost took the lead in the second minute when Simoes played in Kilian Ludewig on the right of the box but his low shot from a tight angle went narrowly wide of the bottom left corner. Cauley Woodrow then exchanged passes with Alex Mowatt before beating a man and shooting but his 25-yard effort went straight at David Marshall.

The visiting goalkeeper was more tested in the 14th minute when he had to dive to his left to impressively tip away a low shot by Jacob Brown after a scramble on the edge of the box.  

Kieffer Moore, the former Barnsley striker, won a header from a corner but it looked to be going wide when Jack Walton gathered it at the second attempt. Marshall saved again from a long-range strike, this time by Ritzmaier just before the break. 

Styles, who had been one of the best players on the pitch in the first half, almost cost his team in injury-time as he lost the ball in his half then Michael Sollbauer had to make a superb block in his box to deny Kieran Dowell. 

Wigan were slightly on top at the start of the second half but should have gone behind on 62 minutes when, after a corner was cleared but hooked back in by Styles, Sollbauer was through on goal and not offside but he barely connected six yards out and the volleyed effort trickled agonisingly wide. 

Fox was sent off in the 71st minute for a high challenge on Simoes. Substitute Joe Gelhardt was then booked a challenge on Styles which Barnsley again thought should have warranted a red. 

The ten men almost took the lead in the 80th minute when a cross from the left was met by Kal Naismith but his low 12-yard effort – Wigan’s first shot on target – was blocked on the line by Jordan Williams. Naismith then blocked a shot in the other box after Simoes brought down a deflected Styles cross and shot from 15 yards. 

Struber brought on Aapo Halme, the goal-scorer at Luton on Tuesday, to play up front with fellow substitutes Conor Chaplin and Patrick Schmidt. Styles almost won it in the 93rd minute when played in on the left of the box by Chaplin but his shot from a tight angle was well-saved by Marshall, who also easily caught a header from Halme from the resulting corner. 

Barnsley (3-4-1-2): Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, J Williams; Ludewig (Schmidt 83mins), Mowatt, Styles, Ritzmaier (Halme 87); Simoes; Woodrow (Chaplin 61mins), Brown Unused: Collins, B Williams, Oduor, Bahre, Thomas, Wolfe. Yellow cards: Mowatt, Simoes. 

Wigan (4-2-3-1): Marshall; Byrne, Kipre, Fox, Robinson (Pearce 87mins); Morsy, Williams; Lowe (Massey75), Dowell (Gelhardt 75), Naismith; Moore. Unused: Jones, Pearce, Evans, MacLeod, Roberts, Dobre, Mlakar. Yellow cards: Robinson, Geldhardt, Williams.  Red cards: Fox. 

  • 13:49pmGAME UNDERWAY
  • 15:05pm
    2 Barnsley come close after 75 seconds as Simoes plays Ludewig in on the right of the box but his low cross-shot whistles across the face of goal and just wide of the bottom left corner
  • 15:07pm
    4 Wigan try to play ex-Red Kieffer Moore clean through on goal but he is given offside
  • 15:08pm
    Callum Styles is at left wing-back with Marcel Ritzmaier alongside Alex Mowatt in the centre
  • 15:10pm
    6 Excellent interchange between Woodrow and Mowatt then Woodrow beats a man and shoots from 25 yards but it is straight at the goalkeeper
  • 15:11pm
    A lively start so far from Barnsley who look pretty fluid and energetic in attack
  • 15:14pm
    Barnsley are also pressing really well. They hassle the visitors who pass it along the back line until Antonee Robinson puts it out fro a throw
  • 15:17pm
    14 Best save of the game so far comes from Wigan's David Marshall who has to tap a Jacob Brown shot out of his bottom left corner. The striker felt fly after a scramble 20 yards out
  • 15:18pm
    15 Marcel Ritzmaier's corner goes over everyone and out for a goal kick
  • 15:19pm
    16 Wigan corner. Kierran Dowell takes it and Jacob Brown heads away
  • 15:22pm
    Good news from elsewhere. Hull and Middlesbrough are both 1-0 down at home.
  • 15:22pm
    19 Another Wigan corner is cleared then ex-Red Joe Williams floats in a corner which goes over everyone and out
  • 15:25pm
    Drinks break while Wigan's Robinson is treated for an injury
  • 15:27pm
    24 Ritzmaier free-kick from the right goes over everyone
  • 15:30pm
    27 Dowell free-kick on the left 30 yards out. Headed out by Mowatt for a corner on the left
  • 15:31pm
    28 The left wing corner is met by Kieffer Moore but is header, which looks to be going wide, is gathered by Walton at the second attempt
  • 15:35pm
    More than half an hour into the game, Barnsley have had the better of it but they need to start creating more in the final third
  • 15:38pm
    Callum Styles has been one of the most eye catching players on the pitch today, often getting well down the left with great skill and pace while combining with the likes of Mowatt, Ritzmaier and Simoes. His latest run ends with a blocked cross
  • 15:41pm
    37 Antonee Robinson's tackle on Kilian Ludewig literally makes the Barnsley player do a cartwheel. He is still down receiving treatment. Robinson is booked.
  • 15:42pm
    Ludewig is up after a couple of minutes of treatment. Ritzmaier to take the free kick on right
  • 15:43pm
    40 Ritzmaier's free-kick is headed clear then Wigan clear again after the ball is put back in their box
  • 15:44pm
    41 Ritzmaier shoots from 25 yards but it is straight at Marshall
  • 15:48pm
    45 Styles wins a corner on the left after a good run by Jordan Williams
  • 15:49pm
    45+1 Ritzmaier's corner is tapped by Marshall out for another corner
  • 15:49pm
    Five added minutes
  • 15:49pm
    45+1 Simoes corner from the right. Headed away then Styles had a shot blocked
  • 15:51pm
    45+3 Ritzmaier takes a free-kick from the right. It is easily caught by Marshall
  • 15:52pm
    45+4 Styles loses the ball in a really dangerous area and Dowell goes through on the left of the box but Sollbauer makes an excellent block in his box
  • 15:54pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Wigan 0.
  • 16:10pm
  • 16:13pm
    An even start to the second half so far. Barnsley will be hoping for a similar performance to the first half but to have a bit more creativity and penetration in the final third
  • 16:14pm
    50 Jamal Lowe shoots on the edge of the Barnsley box but Jordan Williams makes a good block
  • 16:19pm
    55 A Wigan cross from the left is tipped by Walton but also goes just over the head of Moore who could have nodded into an empty net
  • 16:19pm
    Gerhard Struber at some point will look to his bench in this second half. He has 13-goal Conor Chaplin who came off the bench to open the scoring in the last home game
  • 16:22pm
    Approaching the hour-mark here. Wigan have probably just shaded this second half so far but there have been no chances
  • 16:25pm
    Woodrow taken off for Chaplin Chaplin. That's Woodrow's eighth game without a goal now
  • 16:25pm
    62 Jacob Brown wins a corner on the right.
  • 16:27pm
    62 Huge chance for the Reds. Ritzmaier's corner cleared by Moore but Styles hooks it back in and Sollbauer is in the clear and not given offside but he barely connects with an attempted volley which goes just wide
  • 16:30pm
    The Reds have looked a lot more lively since the substitution saw Chaplin replace Woodrow
  • 16:33pm
    Second drinks break. A huge 25 minutes approaching for Barnsley. They really need the three points here to stay in contention for survival. It's been a decent performance and they have the momentum at the moment, but can they create another big chance for the opener?
  • 16:35pm
    Danny Fox sent off for a high foot on Elliot Simoes
  • 16:39pm
    Double change for Wigan Joe Gelhardt and Gavin Massey on for Kieran Dowell and Jamal Lowe
  • 16:39pm
    Barnsley now have a huge chance to get a winner against ten men. Surely they have to take it if they are to stay up
  • 16:41pm
    Joe Gelhardt now booked a wild tackle on Styles. Barnsley think that should be red too
  • 16:44pm
    80 Wigan break down the left and Kal Naismith meets a low cross with a shot that appears to beat Walton then be cleared off the line by Jordan Williams. Wigan's first shot on target
  • 16:46pm
    82 Now Naismith makes a vital block at the other end, denying Simoes with a low effort after Styles' deflected cross went straight to him
  • 16:46pm
    Patrick Schmidt on for Ludewig
  • 16:50pm
    Tom Pearce on for Antonee Robinson
  • 16:51pm
    Aapo Halme on for Marcel Ritzmaier. Can he come off the bench to score again?
  • 16:52pm
    Halme is now up front with Schmidt and Chaplin with Simoes just behind
  • 16:54pm
    Five added minutes. A massive five minutes for the Reds against ten men
  • 16:58pm
    90+3 Barnsley have a free-kick 35 yards out in a central position. Mowatt takes. It's cleared but Chaplin plays in Styles on the left who gets past a player but Marshall makes a big save at his near post
  • 16:58pm
    90+4 Styles' corner is headed by Halme but caught by Marshall
  • 17:00pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Wigan 0. The Reds were the better side but could not break down their visitors who played the last 20 minutes with ten men