Sam Morsy features as Barnsley lose to Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley lost ground on their playoff rivals in a local derby away at Sheffield Wednesday, as the Owls won 2-0 thanks to a goal from Hutchinson and a MacDonald own goal.
Sheffield Wednesday XI: Westwood; Loovens; Lees; Pudil; Palmer; Hutchinson; Lee; Reach; Bannan; Joao; Fletcher.
Barnsley XI: Davies; MacDonald; Roberts; Yiadom; Bree; Morsy; Hourihane; Kent; Scowen; Winnall; Bradshaw.
With the two sides based just over ten miles apart, the game was played in the aggressive nature of a traditional derby. This meant that there was more focus on the referee’s whistle than attempts on goal in the opening stages of the game.
The first breakthrough came through Sam Winnall, who was found by the Irish midfield maestro Conor Hourihane, however his shot was blocked.
Hourihane had a chance of his own soon later, with a shot from distance on his cultured left foot, but he saw it fly high and wide.
Wednesday’s first clear chance came from a corner, which found its way to Portuguese forward Joao; he would’ve expected to score his header given another opportunity, which instead went just wide.
The Owls eventually broke the deadlock just before half time, as Joao’s clever flick proved too much to handle for MacDonald, who inadvertently turned the ball into his own net.
In the second half, both sides came close with headed chances, firstly for Barnsley through Bradshaw who’s header went over, while Wednesday’s chance fell to Adam Reach who saw his header saved.
Bradshaw would continue to cause problems for the home side, however Ireland international Westwood did well to maintain his clean sheet despite several good chances.
Barnsley’s hope of a comeback was diminished as ex Chelsea defensive midfielder Sam Hutchinson struck home into the bottom corner.
Adam Hammill received a surreal red card moments later, as goalscorer Hutchinson appeared to fly in with two feet on the Barnsley winger which caused a reaction from him, and although it was Hutchinson who was shown the red card it was Hammill who was actually dismissed.
This effectively killed off the tie, and the South Yorkshire derby finished 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.
The result means that Barnsley are 6 points off of their opponents, who occupy the bottom playoff place. The Tykes also may be overtaken by Preston, who have a game in hand.
Sam Morsy’s next game will be away at Cardiff, who have been steadily climbing the lower end of the league table under Neil Warnock.
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