Barnsley 0 Bradford C 0: Defences in control in Oakwell derby

Goalmouth action at Oakwell. Photo: Dean Atkins
Goalmouth action at Oakwell. Photo: Dean Atkins

Defences won the day at Oakwell as Lee Johnson’s Barnsley were held at home by Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.

The game ended with a thunderstorm, but there had been few fireworks during the 90 minutes as neither goalkeeper had been overworked.

The Reds almost nicked it deep into stoppage-time, but Alfie Mawson’s header struck a post.

It was a hugely entertaining first period at Oakwell.

The Reds probably shaded it in terms of chances, with Bantams’ ‘keeper Ben Williams twice saving his side shortly before the break.

First Sam Winnall was denied, then Williams was alert in keeping out a real piledriver from Ben Pearson.

Earlier, Reds’ striker Marley Watkins was thwarted by a smart goal-line clearance from Reece Burke, while Bradford’s clearest chance came Rory McArdle’s way.

He hooked an acrobatic overhead strike back towards goal, and Adam Davies had to be at his best to tip the ball over the crossbar.

There was a slow start to the second period, but after 52 minutes the Reds fluffed a good chance to break the deadlock.

Winnall worked hard down the left before dragging the ball neatly into Josh Scowen’s path, but the midfield man scooped woefully over the top.

Scowen then almost cost the Reds a goal. He allowed himself to be robbed by Steve Davies deep inside his own half, but the Bantams striker scooped an effort wide after charging lean through on goal.

Bradford sub Luke James went closest to snatching a late winning goal.

He found space in the Reds’ box, but denied by a super point-blank stop from keeper Davies.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies; Wabara, Roberts, Mawson, Nyatanga; Scowen, Hourihane, Crowley, Pearson; Watkins, Winnall.Subs: Walton, Rothwell, Bree, Digby, Wilkinson, Smith, Harris.

Bradford (4-4-2): Williams; Darby, Liddle, McArdle, Meredith; Marhall, Burke, Evans, Anderson; Davies, Hanson.Subs: Jones, Clarke, Knott, Morris, Mottley-Henry, James, Sheehan.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).