Barnsley conceded a late leveller in a 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers who dominated the second half.

Nicky Cadden netted an early goal but Rovers created a series of chances, eventually levelling in the 81st minute.

Both sides could have won it late on but the hosts were the better team and had by far the better chances.

There was one change from the 7-0 win over Port Vale in the opening game a week earlier, as Barry Cotter came in for the injured Corey O'Keeffe with Kyran Lofthouse on the bench.

Liam Kitching had a long-range shot easily saved in the fourth minute after a one, two with Barry Cotter, but the Reds scored in the seventh minute through a good move.

Cotter won a tackle high up the pitch then Devante Cole found Max Watters who drove towards the box then slipped in Cadden on the left and his powerful shot from a tight angle flew in off the frame of the goal.

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Rovers reacted well to the goal and, after ex-Red Luke Thomas saw a shot blocked in the box by Cadden, he later won the ball off the same player and set up Antony Evans to cross from the right which should have been headed home by the unmarked John Marquis but he somehow missed.

Soon after, Aaron Collins was played clean through and looked likely to score one-on-one or set up Thomas for a tap in but Kacper Lopata put in a remarkable last-ditch tackle to send the ball behind for a corner.

Barnsley almost made it 2-0 when, after good work to win the ball, Jon Russell threaded a clever pass to Callum Styles who took a touch in the box then saw his eight-yard shot blocked by the goalkeeper.

Marquis missed another decent chance just after the break, curling wide of the bottom right corner from just outside the box after Collins found him from the right wing.

Marquis then curled a shot from just inside the box onto the crossbar after Collins again ran down the left wing following a mistake by Jordan Williams.

Marquis finally had Rovers’ first effort on target when he met a cross under pressure from a defender and could only loft a header towards Liam Roberts to catch easily.

The hosts eventually levelled in the 81st minute when a long ball put substitute Scott Sinclair clean through and he supplied a cool finish into the bottom right corner from the left of the box.

Sinclair had three excellent chances to net the winner – heading over a Thomas cross then blazing high after a one, two with Collins in the box before being played clean through and shooting too close to Roberts who saved diving to his left.

At the other end, Williams smashed just over from 25 yards then substitute Oli Shaw was almost gifted the winner by a loose backpass but the goalkeeper just got there first. Russell flicked on a Cotter throw in the 96th minute to Shaw who took a touch but was tackled. Connor Taylor headed over a 97th-minute left-wing cross.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; Williams, Lopata, Kitching; Cotter (Lofthouse 90+7mins), Kane, Russell (Chapman 90+7), Styles, Cadden; Watters (Dallas 58), Cole (Shaw 75).

Unused: Killip, Winfield, Shepherd.

Yellow cards: Cotter.

Goals: Cadden 7.

Bristol Rovers (4-4-2): Cox; Hoole, Crama, Taylor, Gordon (Grant 73mins); Thomas, Ward, Finley (Sinclair 73), Evans; Collins, Marquis.

Unused: Hall, Connolly, Loft, McCormick, Jones.

Goals: Sinclair 81.

  • Decent start. for the Reds. They have had most of the ball but no chances
  • 3:06pm
    4 Kitching has a shot easily saved from 25 yards after a one two with Cotter
  • 3:08pm
    6 Styles played clean through Clearly offside and he knows it but he shoots wide anyway
  • 3:09pm
    Nicky Cadden opens the scoring
  • 3:10pm
    Nice goal. Barry Cotter wins a tackle high top the pitch, Cole finds Watters who runs towards the box then plays in Cadden who smashes in a very powerful strike from a tight angle off frame of goal
  • 3:12pm
    Nicky Cadden has seven goals in his last 21 games≥ Prolific for a wing-back.
  • 3:13pm
    Obviously a great start for Barnsley who have been on top so far
  • 3:14pm
    12 Cotter blazes over rom 25 yards when he should pass to Williams on the right wing
  • 3:15pm
    Rovers pass a ball straight out when trying to play across their defence. They haven't settled
  • 3:18pm
    Rovers chance. Luke Thomas is played in on the right o the box and his former Reds team mate gets back to tackle him. The ball breaks loose and Thomas is judged to have fouled Cadden
  • 3:22pm
    Should be 1-1. Antony Evans crosses from the right and John Marquis is totally unmarked about eight yards out but heads wide of the bottom right corner. 0-1 21 mins
  • 3:24pm
    Rovers on top now. They wn a free-kick on the left. There were shouts seconds earlier for a penalty on Styles but it didn't look like a foul
  • 3:28pm
    It's an even game in terms of pressure and chances as we approach the half hour mark. The Reds took their half chance through Cadden but Marquis missed Rovers' big chance
  • 3:30pm
    Wow. Another massive chance for 1-1. Aaron Collins goes clean through, looks certain to score or pass to Luke Thomas for a tap in. Lopata somehow makes an extraordinary tackle to put it behind for a corner
  • 3:32pm
    Rovers really should be at least level. Barnsley open at the back
  • 3:34pm
    Cotter's low cross from the right is turned towards goal by a defender and caught by the 'keeper at his near post
  • 3:38pm
    Barnsley lead but you can't really say they have deserved it. The hosts have been well on top for the last 15 minutes
  • 3:40pm
    The Reds would probably be happy to get in at half--time, make a few tweaks and regroup
  • 3:43pm
    Nice move Barnsley. After good work by Cole and Kane to win the ball, Russell threads a clever pass to Styles in the box but his shot from about eight yards out is blocked by the goalkeeper
  • 3:46pm
    Just a few minutes left in this half. Would be fantastic time for a second
  • 3:47pm
    Three added minutes
  • 3:48pm
    Collins wins a free-kick 25 yards out after a Kitching tackle. Looked soft
  • 3:49pm
    45+2 Antony Evans' 22-yard free-kick hits the wall and goes behind for a corner
  • 3:49pm
    45+3 Rovers play the corner short then the cross is cleared by Russell
  • 3:50pm
    HALF-TIME: Bristol Rovers 0, Barnsley 1.
  • 4:06pm
  • 4:09pm
    Scrappy start after the break. Rovers have had most of the ball
  • 4:11pm
    Another good chance for the hosts. Collins plays the ball from the left wing to Marquis who has time to pick his spot from just outside the box but shoots wide
  • 4:14pm
    The home crowd are getting behind their team. This is not an easy game at all for the Reds
  • 4:15pm
    Barnsley haven't really got forward much in this half. They are holding on at the moment
  • 4:17pm
    Andy Dallas coming on
  • 4:19pm
    Cadden wins a corner after good work by Kane and Watters
  • 4:19pm
    Dallas replaces Watters
  • 4:20pm
    Kane tries to play the corner to the edge of the box but Luke Thomas intercepts and runs almost to the edge of Barnsley's box before Williams gets a tackle in
  • 4:22pm
    Incredible. Barnsley's goal continues to live a charmed life. Marquis curls a shot against the bar after a Williams error sets Collins loose down the left.
  • 4:24pm
    Jon Russell booked for ending a counter attack
  • 4:25pm
    Russell heads away a free-kick then is own the floor when a shot hits him and then it is cleared
  • 4:27pm
    This second half has been very very one-sided in the hosts' favour. Barnsley can't keep the ball and look porous at the back
  • 4:28pm
    67 Marquis paced out by a good Thomas cross, he heads into Cotter who then puts it behind for a corner
  • 4:28pm
    Kitching heads away the resulting corner
  • 4:30pm
    Another Marquis chance. This time he's under pressure from a defender when he meets a cross from the right. and can only loft a header up for Roberts to catch
  • 4:30pm
    That was Rovers'. first shot on target but they have had a lot of chances
  • 4:33pm
    72 Kane's free-kick from the right is easily caught
  • 4:34pm
    Rovers bring on Josh Grant and Scott Sinclair for Lewis Gordon and Sam Finley
  • 4:34pm
    Barnsley goalkeeper Roberts is down getting treatment
  • 4:35pm
    Collins up and carrying on
  • 4:35pm
    Barnsley bring on Oli Shaw for Devante Cole
  • 4:38pm
    77 Roberts punches away a left wing corner. Now a right wing corner
  • 4:39pm
    Luke Thomas, who has played well, curls a shot from outside the box well high and wide
  • 4:40pm
    Barnsley's longest spell on the ball of the half sees them keep it for at least a minute then Dallas wins a corner on the right. Better
  • 4:41pm
    Scott Sinclair levels
  • 4:43pm
    You have to say it's deserved. Suddenly the Reds defence is totally opened up with a long ball releasing two players. Sinclair supplies a good finish across Roberts from the left of the box
  • 4:44pm
    Chance for Sinclair to get another, he heads over a Thomas cross from close range
  • 4:46pm
    Williams' 25-yard strike goes just over
  • 4:47pm
    Another Sinclair chance. He swaps passes with Collins in the box then blazes over
  • 4:48pm
    Nearly a winner for Oli Shaw. He almost latches onto a loose pass but the goalkeeper just gets there
  • 4:48pm
    Another big big Sinclair chance. He's played in on the left but this time his shot is too close to Roberts who makes a good save
  • 4:48pm
    Now Kitching heads off the line after a corner is not cleared
  • 4:51pm
    Six added minutees
  • 4:55pm
    90+6 Cotter's long throw is flicked on by Russell and lands to Shaw but he takes a touch a few yards out and is tackled
  • 4:56pm
    Now home defender Connor Taylor heads over a left-wing cross
  • 4:57pm
    Barnsley bring on Lofthouse for Cotter and Chapman for Russell
  • 4:59pm
    FULL-TIME: Bristol Rovers 1, Barnsley 1. The Reds were easily second best after the break and the hosts missed a series of big chances