Barnsley 0 – 0 W Brom

West Brom missed the opportunity to continue their recent resurgence and move closer to automatic promotion spots following a 0-0 draw with Barnsley at Oakwell.

In a match of few clear chances, it was the Baggies who came closest to breaking the deadlock, with Cedric Kipre hitting the post, Jordan Hugill seeing a shot blocked on the line, and Karlan Grant denied a last chance.

Unable to show an advantage in the South Yorkshire fog, their quest for a first away win against the Tykes since August 1947 continues.

As a result, Valerien Ismael’s men remain third, two points behind second-placed Bournemouth, although they could be overtaken by Blackburn if they beat Birmingham on Saturday. Barnsley, meanwhile, is 23rd and seven points clear of the mid-season salvation.

How the Baggies were foiled again

The weekend’s Covid-hit championship action began in Oakwell, where Poya Asbaghi ​​was looking for a first win as Barnsley’s manager, with the return of former boss Ismael and midfielder Alex Mowatt also prominent in pre-narrative narrative. -match.

West Brom almost made the perfect start. A typically thorough free-kick from Mowatt found Kipre, who freed himself from the clutches of Liam Kitching and headed for the right post with goalkeeper Brad Collins beaten.

With the Baggies starting to get their promotion form back on track with successive wins over Coventry and Reading, it may have been a sign of things to come, but the hosts have shown efforts to put their mark on the game. In terms of chance, however, Callum Brittain’s shot over the bar from 20 yards was more than good.

Ismael’s men continued to dominate the ball and, at one point, had 79 percent possession, but in attack they lacked the spark. Hugill should undoubtedly have done better when his connection with Conor Townsend’s square ball was blocked on the line by Brittain as well.

Several half chances for West Brom then punctuated an otherwise poor second, 45 minutes. Michal Helik recovered beautifully to fend off Karlan Grant’s shot after being cleared by a fine ball from Grady Diangana, while Furlong was punished for indecision in the box and Matt Clarke headed to the roof of the net while Ismael was furious on the bottom line.

In recovery, Helik took Hugill on the thigh with a tall boot and studs in the center circle, leaving the striker in a crumpled pile. There were calls for a red card, but referee Tim Robinson produced only a yellow card, much to Hugill’s dismay.

Man of the Match – Michal Helik

West Brom have historically fought at Oakwell and Friday night was no different. But it might have been a different story if Michal Helik hadn’t been in the back of Barnsley.

The Polish international deployed the hosts’ defensive line and did a lot of dirty work to stifle the attacks of Valerien Ismael’s men throughout the 90 minutes. He was, perhaps, lucky to stay on the pitch after his late incident with Jordan Hugill, but his admirable defense is what will stand out from this match.

What the managers said …

Barnsley’s Poya Asbaghi: “We worked hard on the defensive against a tough opponent. They are very physical and I think we tried to stand up to them, face the fight, work hard together and keep clean sheets. Sure, they will create chances, but in the end it was a good teamwork on defense.

“But no matter the opponent, we want to win. To win these kinds of games it is difficult to win by overcoming them in physical strength. You have to be smart, you have to be fast, you have to be smart in moving the ball, you have to be quicker in your counter-attacks to We didn’t show it enough to get the attack we wanted in this game, but at least we showed really good commitment and that’s something to take with us. “

West Brom’s Valerien Ismael: “It’s clear, we had to score to win today. It’s like a record every week, exactly the same. We played well and created the chances we needed, but in the end it’s all about the desire. – the desire to score. goals – and players have to take responsibility at some point and not be sloppy in front of goal.

“We know it’s difficult, you never know what can happen in a match like this. Tonight it’s frustrating because we should get the three points.”

What’s next?

Barnsley will be next in action at 3pm on Boxing Day, when they host Stoke in Oakwell, while West Brom will be back in action at 3pm on Monday 27 December, when they travel to Pride Park to face the Derby.

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