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Report: Barnsley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

2 August 2014

  • Barnsley and Wednesday play out 1-1 draw
  • Reds hit the front but Owls fight back
  • Kieran Lee strikes for Stuart Gray's side

It was honours even at Oakwell on Saturday as Barnsley and Wednesday shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Danny Rose was on target for the Reds before Kieran Lee levelled for the Owls and the result was probably the right one on the balance of play.

The White Rose clash was the last of the Owls’ summer friendlies before the start of the new Championship campaign next Saturday.

And in terms of an aesthetically pleasing affair, it was arguably the players’ most routine afternoon so far.

The first half-hour was played at typical pre-season pace, with little or no action of note, but the purpose was squad shuffling and fitness with just seven days to go to the season proper.

Barnsley won a handful of corners in the early throes but there was no danger to the Owls’ backline.

It was a long time coming but when the first chance of the opening 45 did arrive, it was converted on 31 minutes.

Conor Hourihane sent a teasing free kick into the heart of the area and Rose reacted sharply to stab home from close range.

Wednesday hit back with a Chris Maguire set piece that former Owls keeper Adam Davies tipped over and that was as good as it got for the visitors before the break.

The Reds threatened immediately after the restart when Hourihane fired a good effort narrowly over the crossbar.

But the Owls promptly raced up to the other end and equalised on 48 minutes.

Gary Madine caught Davies off guard with a whipping shot from distance and the Barnsley keeper could only spill into the path of Lee, who made no mistake six yards from goal.

That strike sparked the game into life and the tempo increased as a result.

And Rose might have bagged his second of the game on the hour but glanced a header wide after ghosting into the box unmarked.

Maguire then forced a fine save from Davies, who dived acrobatically to push the Scot’s angled drive round for a corner.

Maguire was then a central figure in the rearguard, clearing a Sam Winnall shot off the line as both sides pressed for a winner.

But the defences held firm in the closing stages and another good workout was under the belt before the real action begins at Brighton on 9 August.

Barnsley: Davies, Brown, Dudgeon (M’Voto 71), Berry (Digby 64), Nyatanga, Cranie, Hourihane (McHale 86), Winnall, Jennings (Lazarus 64) , Rose (Boakye-Yiadom 80), Bailey

Owls: Westwood, Young, Lees, Zayatte, Floro, Lee, Corry, McCabe, Maghoma (Nuhiu 64), Maguire (Croasdale 80), Madine (Dieseruvwe 74)

Attendance: 5,193

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