Barnsley narrowly defeat Norwich
Barnsley picked up a vital 3 points against fellow playoff hopefuls Norwich in a 2-1 home win which saw Bradshaw and Hourihane scoring for the home side, with Nelson Oliveira getting a consolation for the canaries.
Barnsley XI: Davies; MacDonald; Roberts; Yiadom; Bree; Hourihane; Morsy; Kent; Scowen; Bradshaw; Winnall.
Norwich XI: Ruddy; Bassong; Bennett; Pinto; Brady; Pritchard; Dorrans; Howson; Oliveira; Murphy; Murphy.
Norwich, who were fortunate to keep the bulk of their squad after being relegated from the Premier League, were slight favourites going into the game, and it showed in the early stages of the game as Pritchard came close from a free kick.
However, it was the home side who took an early lead through Wales international Tom Bradshaw, after he slotted home from Scowen’s cross.
While Norwich tried to get back into the game, the goal made the match much more open and chances fell to both sides for Winnall, Bradshaw and Brady respectively.
Norwich’s efforts appeared to be in vain, however, when Conor Hourihane scored a trademark goal from outside of the box just before half time.
In the second half, the Portuguese connection paid dividends for Norwich as Ivo Pinto crossed for Nelson Oliveira, who struck the ball well past Davies.
Oliveira, who was falsely rumoured to be of Egyptian descent a few years ago, would be the main cause of danger for the Tykes, however he failed to make the pressure pay.
This would be the theme for the remainder of the game, which Sam Morsy’s Barnsley side would win 2-1.
The win means that Barnsley have moved up to 11th in the table, and within 3 points of the playoff places. Norwich are also in the mix, in 8th place and just one point away from the playoffs.
Barnsleys next game is a midweek local derby away at Sheffield Wednesday, who occupy the final playoff place at present.
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