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Barnsley 0-0 West Brom: lackluster stalemate extends 74-year-old Baggies’ winless run at Oakwell

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Barnsley 0-0 West Brom: Dull stalemate extends Baggies’ 74-year winless streak at Oakwell … but Valerian Ismael’s side clinched the 11th clean sheet of the season to stay third

  • Barnsley held West Brom to a 0-0 draw at Oakwell on Friday night
  • The Baggies haven’t won at Barnsley in 74 years
  • West Brom defender Cedric Kipre came closest to the goal but touched the post











Former Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael couldn’t inspire West Brom to his first win at Oakwell in 74 years upon returning to the club.

Albion, currently positioned 18 places above Ismael’s former employers, was forced to settle for a goalless championship draw at his former playing field, extending the club’s winless run in South town Yorkshire on a 19th visit.

The dismal record – dating back to 1947 – was maintained thanks to a determined back-to-wall defense by the hosts with Callum Brittain, Carlton Morris and Michal Helik all making excellent clearances on the goal line, while visiting defender Cedric Kipre also rocked the frame of the goal.

Barnsley held on against third-place West Brom to play a boring 0-0 at Oakwell on Friday

West Brom defender Cedric Kipre (second left) meets a cross but his header hits the post

West Brom defender Cedric Kipre (second left) meets a cross but his header hits the post

MATCH FACTS

Barnsley 3-4-3: Collins; Helik, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Gomes, Benson (Cole 64), Brittain; Styles, Leya Iseka (Oduor 84), Morris

Unused subscribers: Walton, Moon, Hondermarck, Vita, Adeboyejo

Reservations: Helik

West Brom 3-4-2-1: Johnstone; Kipré, Bartley, Clarke; Furlong, Livermore (Molumby 72), Mowatt, Townsend; Robinson (Diangana 72), Grant; Hugill (Reach 90 + 3)

Unused subscribers: Ajayi, Button, Gardner-Hickman, Fellows

Reservations: Livermore, Molumby, Townsend

Barnsley has only won once in their last 21 appearances but, at least under Poya Asbaghi, the Tykes are starting to rediscover a bit of the fighting spirit that saw Ismael take them to the Championship play-offs last season. .

The Baggies were unlucky enough not to take the lead in the third minute when Kipre’s header struck a post following a right-wing free kick from former Tyke Alex Mowatt.

Moments later a 20-yard Brittain shot whistled over the visitors’ crossbar and, after a period of stagnation in the game, Albion right-back Darnell Furlong cut inside and saw his effort at the edge of the box deflected from the goal halfway through the first half.

Just before half an hour into the game, Jordan Hugill was only deprived of his second goal of the season when Brittain positioned brilliantly on the line to hamper the former Preston forward’s six-yard attempt.

At the other end, Sam Johnstone repelled Josh Benson’s free kick from 30 yards after Jake Livermore threw Callum Styles to the ground.

But a looping effort from Hugill had to be fended off by Brad Collins as the ball threatened to dive under the goalkeeper’s crossbar and, when Furlong’s next corner was assisted amid a crowd of close bodies, Barnsley striker Morris made a formidable overhead clearance. out of line to maintain the level of scores at the break.

Barnsley mainly defended and succeeded in his only second-half attempt after 71 minutes

Barnsley mainly defended and succeeded in his only second-half attempt after 71 minutes

Ismael’s men continued to exhibit the greatest attacking intent after the restart with Kipre shooting a wide opportunity from near the penalty spot after his initial shot was blocked.

A wayward free-kick from Furlong then largely missed the mark as Mowatt, who was also standing over the ball, probably would have been a better option.

Collins had to react brutally on his own goal line, however, to grab Furlong’s corner corner and the Barnsley stopper was also equal to Callum Robinson’s deflected strike after a good job in Karlan Grant’s left channel.

Midway through the second period, Baggies skipper Kyle Bartley headed the ball from a Mowatt corner and after 71 minutes Barnsley’s lone half-time attempt saw Jordan Williams comfortably clear the bar. transverse distance.

Barnsley's Michal Helik makes an interception to save goals from West Brom's Karlan Grant (right)

Barnsley’s Michal Helik makes an interception to save goals from West Brom’s Karlan Grant (right)

A more heroic defense from the hosts kept the game scoreless soon after as Grant sprinted on a Kipre ball through the right channel and passed a Collins who won only to have his shot blocked after a excellent cover game by Helik.

A back-and-forth from Grant then saw Furlong come off target as Albion began to despair in his efforts to force a breakthrough and Matt Clarke then saw a looping header land over the net.

At the other end of the pitch, however, Ismael’s men remain unmatched in the championship with the division’s best defense keeping an 11th clean sheet to stay third with the hosts in second.