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Sam Morsy features in Barnsley league win over Blackburn

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Posted on December 26, 2016
Sam Morsy features in Barnsley league win over Blackburn

Photo: F.C.

Barnsley eased to a comfortable 2-0 win against strugglers Blackburn Rovers, with Sam Winnall and Marley Watkins getting on the scoresheet.

Barnsley XI: Davies; MacDonald; Roberts; Yiadom; Bree; Hourihane; Morsy; Kent; Scowen; Winnall; Bradshaw.

Blackburn XI: Steele; Brown; Lenihan; Williams; Nyambe; Mulgrew; Akpan; Gallagher; Conway; Emnes; Graham.

As the table would suggest, Barnsley were in better form going into the game, as they had all the early chances, forcing the visitors’ goalkeeper Steele into fine saves as he saved a good effort from Tom Bradshaw.

However, Barnsley broke the deadlock in the 14th minute through Sam Winnall after heading home Hourihane’s cross, who picked up his 11 assist this season.

Blackburn responded well to the early goal pressing and probing the hosts defence, and they nearly scored the equaliser but Adam Davies produced a top save.

Just before half-time, with Blackburn still creating several chances, it required Scowen to clear a shot off the line to preserve the lead for Barnsley.

In the second half, after chances spurned by Barnsley’s Hourihane, the frustration of the Blackburn players began to show, as Charlie Mulgrew, who played in Celtic’s famous win over Barcelona in 2012, was lucky not to receive a second yellow card after committing a foul from behind.

Rovers did eventually go down to ten men after international was brought down after an aggressive tackle from Darragh Lenihan.

Blackburn’s capitulation was completed later, as Barnsley made it 2-0 through Marley Watkins. Hourihane’s pass found promising right back Bree who played in Watkins, who ran through the exposed Blackburn defence and found the net with a composed finish.

The result means that Barnsley moved up to 9th place, and within touching distance of the play-off places, while Rovers remain in the relegation places, a far cry from their top flight title winning side in 1995.

It is worth noting that Sam Morsy will not be in the Egypt 2017 African Cup of Nations squad after issues finalising military papers. Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom expressed his disappointed as did Sam Morsy.

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