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Barnsley’s slump continues with 2-0 loss to Newcastle
Barnsley XI: Davies; Bree; Roberts; Jackson; Yiadom; Kent; Hourihane; Morsy; Hammill; Watkins; Winnall.
Newcastle XI: Darlow; Anita; Lascelles; Clark; Dummett; Shelvey; Hayden; Ritchie; Diame; Gouffran; Gayle.
Ireland international Conor Hourihane was back in action for Barnsley, and he almost made a dream start as his volley went just wide in the opening stages of an otherwise uneventful first half.
Only three minutes into the second half, Newcastle broke the deadlock thanks to Dwight Gayle, who latched onto a loose ball in the area and finished well.
Barnsley pushed for an equaliser, and almost found it via English-born Pharaoh Sam Morsy, but his shot was just over the bar.
Marc Roberts of Barnsley proved to be one of their best outlets through his long throws, which managed to cause danger on several occasions.
Despite their best efforts, Barnsley found themselves two goals down as Dwight Gayle doubled his tally with a clever chip over the keeper with 22 minutes remaining to full time.
The Tykes continued to push for an equaliser, but it wasn’t meant to be as the favourites won 2-0.
The result means that Newcastle are top of the Championship with 28 points, while Barnsley are down to 14th on 16 points. Morsy’s side next game will be a trip to West London to face Brentford on Saturday.