Barnsley made it three successive wins in all competitions with a 1-0 victory at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Adam Phillips opened the scoring early on then the Reds were barely troubled by the hosts who did not have a shot on target in a fairly dull game.

Barnsley are still eighth, now just a point off the play-offs in League One, after a gutsy and battling performance.

Michael Duff made two changes from the last league game as Slobodan Tedic and Phillips replaced the injured James Norwood and benched Josh Benson.

The visitors took the lead in the tenth minute when Devante Cole received Herbie Kane’s pass on the left of the box and pulled the ball back perfectly for Phillips who found the bottom right corner from 12 yards. It was his first league goal for the club following his FA Cup strike a week earlier.

The hosts almost levelled minutes later when, after good work by Christian Saydee on the right, Taylor Moore flashed a shot just wide of the bottom left corner with the sliding Ryan Bowman inches away from tapping it in.

It could have been 2-0 on 34 minutes when Cole’s header from a Nicky Cadden cross hit the bar and Tedic turned the rebound wide from five yards out with the goal gaping. It was an awkward height for the striker who had little time to think about it, having held the ball up impressively in the build-up.

Liam Kitching, twice, and Cadden had shots from outside the box but failed to trouble Marosi while Shrewsbury’s Tom Bayliss curled a free-kick wide of the right post from 25 yards just before the break.

Very little happened for most of the second half, as Tedic blazed well over from 25 yards then Jordan Shipley did similar at the other end twice.

Cole chipped an effort over the bar from the left of the box on 85 minutes after good work by Phillips. At the other end, Luke Leahy shot well over 15 yards out after a scramble in the box.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Collins; Edwards (Cundy 85mins), Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Kane (Aitchison 85), Connell, Phillips, Cadden; Tedic (Benson 74), Cole.

Unused: Walton, Larkeche, Martin, Hondermarck.

Goals: Phillips 10.

Shrewsbury (3-5-2): Marosi; Pennington (Winchester 81mins), Dunkley, Flanagan; Shipley (Bailey 81), Moore, Bayliss, Leahy, Pyke, Saydee (Bloxham 69), Bowman (Street 74).

Unused: Burgoyne, Caton, Barlow.

  • 3:05pm
    Barnsley are shooting towards their fans in the first half. There are. about 1,000 in the away end
  • 3:05pm
    A Shrewsbury player is down injured after about 20 seconds. He's getting treatment
  • 3:06pm
    Tom Bayliss back on his feet after about two minutes getting treatment, he will carry on
  • 3:08pm
    4 Shrewsbury free-kick in a central area 40 yards from goal. It's played to Bayliss but his cross is cleared by Tedic back in his box
  • 3:08pm
    5 Christian Saydee wins a corner on the right
  • 3:09pm
    5 Shrewsbury corner from the right. Bayliss takes. Kitching gets a touch with his head into the six yard box then good Cadden. defending sees him shepherd it from danger
  • 3:10pm
    A. fairly bright start for the hosts but no chances yet
  • 3:11pm
    8 First shot of the game. Connell has it for Barnsley about 25 yards out and screws it well wide
  • 3:12pm
    Tedic down injured
  • 3:13pm
    The striker will carry on, which is a relief given Barnsley's striker options
  • 3:13pm
    Adam Phillips opens the scoring!
  • 3:16pm
    Cole receives the ball on the left of the box from Kane and does well to hold it up the pull it back for Phillips who finds the bottom right corner from about 12 yards. Perfect start
  • 3:18pm
    14 Shrewsbury very close to a leveller. Saydee runs down the right and pulls it back to Taylor Moore whose shot from just inside the box goes narrowly wide of the left post with Ryan Bowman inches away from sliding in for a tap in
  • 3:20pm
    Kitching has had a shot just wide and, at the other end,. Barnsley have cleared a corner
  • 3:25pm
    Almost halfway through the first half , it's been a pretty even game but the Reds lead through the one moment of quality – Phillips' early goal
  • 3:26pm
    Tom Edwards' towels have been allowed on the Shrewsbury sidelines after being removed at Bolton. He shapes for a long throw but goes short to Phillips whose cross causes chaos in the box but a foul is given against Kane
  • 3:30pm
    27 Shrewsbury free-kick next to left corner flag. Bayliss takes. Headed out. Then Kane sprints 30 yards on the counter and wins a free-kick on the left wing for the Reds
  • 3:32pm
    28 Luca Connell takes a free-kick on the left wing anti goes over everyone. Not that far overTedic's head at the back post though
  • 3:33pm
    Tedic spoons a simple pass into the stands, and Duff reacts furiously just yards away
  • 3:35pm
    Very little in terms of chances or dangerous attacks has happened in the last 15 minutes. But the Reds look settled and organised. Can they start creating chances for a second?
  • 3:38pm
    Chance for 2-0. Cadden's cross is headed by Cole and the goalkeeper palms it away then Tedic turns it wide about five yards out with the goal gaping. It was at an awkward height and came at him quickly.
  • 3:42pm
    39 Kitching's long-range shot is easily saved
  • 3:43pm
    40. Decent move ends in Williams winning a corner
  • 3:43pm
    40 Connell's left wing corner is cleared then Cadden blasts over from just outside the box.
  • 3:43pm
    40 Connell's left wing corner is cleared then Cadden blasts over from just outside the box.
  • 3:45pm
    41 Shrewsbury corner on the right. The linesman rules it has gone out of play as it goes into the box
  • 3:47pm
    43 Connell concedes a free-kick in a central position about 25 yards out
  • 3:48pm
    44 A 25-yard free-kick Bayliss free-kick is curled wide of the left post
  • 3:49pm
    Three added minutes this half. Barnsley will just want to see them out and go in ahead
  • 3:51pm
    HALF-TIME: Shrewsbury 0, Barnsley 1.
  • 4:08pm
  • 4:12pm
    Shrewsbury trying to play long behind the Reds back line early in this half but they haven't come close with overhit passes to the annoyance of their fans and dugout
  • 4:13pm
    50 Shrews free kick on left. Headed out by Tedic
  • 4:15pm
    Barnsley are playing the ball around a lot from the back this. half and keeping it well
  • 4:16pm
    53 Connell corner on the right. Played low to Kane who tricks to flick it on at the near post but it's easily cleared
  • 4:17pm
    Barnsley catching Shrewsbury offside regularly with their high line
  • 4:18pm
    55 Kane finds Tedic who blazes well over from 25 yards
  • 4:19pm
    Mix up between Cadden and. Kitching so Edwards concedes corner
  • 4:20pm
    57 Corner from right headed up in air, Collins catches but a foul is given against him
  • 4:21pm
    58 Shrewsbury give the ball away. deep in their half to Phillips whose immediate cross is overhit and caught by the goalkeeper
  • 4:22pm
    59 Jordan Shipley fires well over for Shrewsbury from outside the box
  • 4:26pm
    Past the hour-mark now. Very little has happened after the break which won't bother Barnsley too much. They will just look to find that opening on. the break as the hosts have to keep pushing forward
  • 4:28pm
    65 Edwards long throw on the left. Headed out
  • 4:30pm
    A Shrewsbury sub has just emptied his water bottle all over Tom Edwards long throw towel.
  • 4:30pm
    66 Cadden corner from the left headed out
  • 4:31pm
    Home sub. Tom Bloxham comes on for Christian Saydee
  • 4:34pm
    20 minutes left here. Barnsley look pretty comfortable but you would expect a spell of pressure for the hosts
  • 4:35pm
    Josh Benson is about to come on
  • 4:37pm
    73 Shrewsbury corner on the right. Headed out by Tedic who has done a decent job in his own box today
  • 4:37pm
    Benson on for Tedic
  • 4:40pm
    Shrewsbury attack on left of box. Good Williams block from cross. Corner on left
  • 4:41pm
    78 Shrewsbury corner on left headed out then Shipley again blazes over from distance
  • 4:43pm
    Into the final ten minutes here, Barnsley haven't looked like conceding all game. But they need to stay focused
  • 4:44pm
    81 Shrewsbury bring on Carl Winchester and Josh Bailey for Pennington and Shipley
  • 4:48pm
    85 Cole chips one over from the left of the box after good work by Phillips
  • 4:48pm
    Here comes Robbie Cundy for a 'head everything away in the last few minutes' cameo. For Edwards. Also Aitchison for Kane
  • 4:50pm
    Probably the closest Shrewsbury have come since the opening stages. Barnsley half clear a cross then Luke Leahy blazes over from about 15 yards
  • 4:53pm
    Five added minutes
  • 4:57pm
    Shrewsbury have barely threatened in injury-time. Almost four minutes played
  • 4:59pm
    90+5 Looks as though Collins is taken out trying to catch a cross and there's a real flare up involving loads of players in. front of away end
  • 5:01pm
    FULL-TIME: Shrewsbury 0, Barnsley 1.