Barnsley have been relegated to League One following a very tame performance in a 2-1 loss at Huddersfield Town on Friday evening, which capped an utterly miserable season.

The Reds had to win to avoid relegation for at least tonight but the hosts scored near the start and end of the first half then the teams played out a dull second half before Callum Styles netted deep in injury-time.

The Reds remain last in the table, 11 points off safety, with three matches to play, while Huddersfield are in the play-offs.

Barnsley badly lacked urgency and did not show the desire or fight you would expect from a side trying to avoid relegation.

Poya Asbaghi made two changes from the side that lost at home to Peterborough on Monday. Cauley Woodrow made his first start since returning from injury and replaced Callum Styles while Matty Wolfe came in for the ill Claudio Gomes. Carlton Morris played on the right wing in a 4-2-3-1 with Woodrow up front.

The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute when a right-wing corner deflected off Mads Andersen and fell to Jordan Rhodes to head in from two yards out. The linesman initially ruled it out for offside, thinking the touch was off a home player, but he was overruled by the referee.

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Amine Bassi saw a series of corners cleared before he was played in on the left of the box by a Woodrow header but his 15-yard volley, from a tight angle, was straight at the goalkeeper who caught it. It was Barnsley’s only effort on target until the very late goal.

Huddersfield’s Harry Toffolo then saw a low shot from the edge of the box on the left pushed by Jack Walton out of his bottom right corner. Toffolo’s left-wing cross was headed by Jon Russell ten yards out but the looping effort was easily caught by Walton.

The second goal arrived just before the break when Danel Sinani’s right-wing cross was met at the back post by Toffolo who slid in to guide the ball past Walton from seven yards out. Toffolo had terrorised Callum Brittain all game but should have been tracked by Domingos Quina who left him totally unmarked.

In the second half, Rhodes scuffed a shot wide from a Toffolo pull-back then Romal Palmer and Woodrow fired well off-target from just outside the box.

Poya Asbaghi made a treble change on 70 minutes. Isaac Christie-Davies came on for his Barnsley debut and first appearance in English league football with Styles and Aaron Leya Iseka also introduced. Wolfe, Quina and Woodrow came off.

Rhodes sent an acrobatic volleyed effort straight at Walton late on.

Barnsley (4-2-3-1): Walton; Brittain, Andersen, Kitching, Vita; Wolfe (Christie-Davies 70mins), Palmer; Bassi, Quina (Styles 70), Morris; Woodrow (Iseka 70).

Unused: Jinadu, Moon, Hondermarck, Adeboyejo.

Yellow cards: Wolfe, Palmer.

Goals: Styles 90+7.

Huddersfield (4-3-3): Nicholls; Turton, Sarr, Lees, Toffolo (Ruffels 83mins); O’Brien, Russell, Hogg; Holmes (Campbell 89), Rhodes, Sinani (High HT).

Unused: Blackman, Pipa, Anjorin, Eiting.

Goals: Rhodes 4, Toffolo 45.

  • 7:45pm
  • 7:46pm
    Carlton Morris is on the right wing in a 4-2-3-1,. with Woodrow up front
  • 7:49pm
    3 First chance for Town. Duane Holmes' shot hits Kitching and and goes over
  • 7:49pm
    Jordan Rhodes has the ball in the net but it's been ruled out. Now a big debate
  • 7:50pm
    Linesman and referee talking to each other
  • 7:51pm
    Jordan Rhodes opens the scoring. It was disallowed by the linesman but the referee overrules him. It looks on replays as though he is offside
  • 7:53pm
    The corner from the right deflected off Tom Lees and, when that. happened, Rhodes appeared to be well offside. He then turned it in
  • 7:54pm
    The consensus now seems to be that it hit Andersen which played Rhodes on
  • 7:57pm
    Could be a long night for the Reds now
  • 8:01pm
    Not a great deal else has happened except for the goal. But the hosts do. look the more threatening side overall
  • 8:02pm
    18 Huddersfield win a corner on the left
  • 8:04pm
    The corner is cleared
  • 8:05pm
    Barnsley knew they had to be wary of set. pieces in this match and conceded from one in the fifth minute. Not ideal
  • 8:10pm
    25 Barnsley win a corner on the right
  • 8:10pm
    26 Bassi corner headed clear
  • 8:11pm
    26 Quina's shoots deflected wide for another corner
  • 8:12pm
    27Bassi corner from right headed by Wolfe but not enough on it and goes to other side of box
  • 8:14pm
    This game is drifting a bit. The Reds will still feel they are just. in it. Home fans getting frustrated with a few misplaced passes. They clearly expect a big win
  • 8:15pm
    30 Bassi corner from the left is easily headed out
  • 8:16pm
    33 Barnsley's first shot of the game.Woodrow heads to Bassi on the left and chests it down then shoots from 15 yards at a tight angle but it is straight at the goalkeeper who catches
  • 8:21pm
    Into the last ten minutes of the first half. Huddersfield look pretty happy to sit back and hit the Reds on the break. Not the worst tactic considering Barnsley have to attack
  • 8:23pm
    38 Harry Toffolo in plenty of space to shoot from the left of the box on the left but Walton pushes it out of his bottom right corner
  • 8:25pm
    Break in play as apparently Huddersfield's Naby Sarr breaks his fast for Ramadan
  • 8:28pm
    This has been a strange half. You would. never know one team could reach the play-offs and the other could go down tonight. It feels like a 'nothing to play for' end of season match
  • 8:30pm
    45 Another Huddersfield chance as Russell heads Toffolo's cross straight at Walton with a looping ten yard effort
  • 8:30pm
    Three added minutes
  • 8:30pm
    Harry Toffolo doubles the lead sliding in from close. range to convert from a right-wing cross
  • 8:33pm
    Toffolo has been the best player on the pitch and that's a good finish. Quina should be marking him but is nowhere near
  • 8:33pm
    HALF-TIME: Huddersfield 2, Barnsley 0. Goals at the start and end of the first half leave an abject Barnsley facing relegation tonight
  • 8:48pm
    Huddersfield change,. Sinani replaces by Scott High, who is from Barnsley
  • 8:50pm
  • 8:54pm
    Matty Wolfe booked for sliding in and taking out Rhodes
  • 8:57pm
    54 Chance for the hosts. Toffolo pulls the ball back for Rhodes but it bounces up awkwardly and he scuffs it well off target 15 yards out
  • 8:59pm
    Romal Palmer now Palmer is booked for a wild tackle on O'Brien.
  • 9:02pm
    An hour gone. This has been an absolute nothing performance from a broken Barnsley team. It just looks a question of how many Huddersfield want
  • 9:03pm
    Town are dominating the ball. They are not creating loads of chances but will probably be happy to coast through this match
  • 9:04pm
    61 Bassi free-kick over everyone and caught by the goalkeeper. His set pieces have been poor tonight
  • 9:08pm
    65 Woodrow wins a corner on the right
  • 9:08pm
    65 Corner easily cleared
  • 9:09pm
    66 Palmer shoots well over from just outside the box
  • 9:10pm
    67 Now Woodrow fires off target from the edge off the box after chesting down a cross field pass by Vita
  • 9:13pm
    Isaac Christie Davies makes his Barnsley debut, almost two years after signing, and his first appearance in English league football. On for Wolfe. Styles on for Quina. Iseka for Woodrow. Triple change
  • 9:19pm
    74 Bassi corner leads to head tennis then Morris beats keeper to ball on left and crosses but it is cleared
  • 9:20pm
    Break in play with a home player down in the box
  • 9:22pm
    The injured player still receiving treatment
  • 9:23pm
    He's up and Barnsley have a corner on the left
  • 9:23pm
    80 Bassi's corner is flicked on by Iseka but it goes through everyone
  • 9:26pm
    Sounds as though Barnsley's French sister club Nancy have been relegated to their third tier tonight. They were 3-0 down at home to one of their relegation rivals when smoke bombs were thrown on the pitch and the match abandoned. A bad night for Paul Conway and Chien Lee.
  • 9:27pm
    Toffolo replaced by Josh Ruffels
  • 9:30pm
    Five minutes left here in Huddersfield. Even by the awful standards of this season, this is such a tame way to go down. The Reds have played like a side who have nothing to play for. 2-0
  • 9:32pm
    Huddersfield bring on Fraizer Campbell for Duane Holmes
  • 9:34pm
    Seven added minutes
  • 9:41pm
    Callum Styles curls in in the 97th minute
  • 9:41pm
    FULL-TIME: Huddersfield 2, Barnsley 1. The Reds have been relegated to League One