Full time report: Barnsley 3 Bradford City 1 - Sam Winnall shines as Reds overcome early set back

Devante Cole gets his shirt pulled by Andrew Davis.
Devante Cole gets his shirt pulled by Andrew Davis.
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Barnsley completed a superb turnaround to beat Bradford City in the Yorkshire derby at Oakwell.

The Bantams stormed into an early lead with the first attack of the game.

Mark Yeates was the provider of the opener as he skipped through a sleeping Barnsley defence and slipped the ball out to the right were Jason Kennedy provided the perfect finish, into the bottom corner for the fastest goal in League One this season, timed at 46 seconds.

The Reds levelled on 49 minutes when Rory McArdle scored an own goal, under pressure from Lewin Nyantaga then Winnall struck on 64 minutes to complete the turnaround.

Kane Hemmings came off the bench to add a gloss to the scoreline in injury time.

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson made three changes to his starting line-up following the midweek penalty heartbreaker at Oldham.

At the back, skipper Martin Cranie and recent loan capture Peter Ramage returned, while Devante Cole was given the nod to partner Sam Winnall up front for what promised to be a tasty Yorkshire derby.

Keith Treacy was named among the substitutes despite only getting married in Ireland on Friday.

Long-range specialist Conor Hourihane almost fired the Reds back into the game when on 16 minutes he let fly with another fierce drive which had Jordan Pickford in the City goal scrambling to save.

And that gave Barnsley a lift as they then turned up the pressure on the visitors.

On 34 minutes Sam Winnall came close to equalising for the Reds but his effort, after being teed up by Devante Cole struck the crossbar.

Jordan Pickford had to be alert again on 45 minutes when Winnall’s glancing, looping header looked to be heading for the top corner but was plucked out of the air by the stopper.

After the break Barnsley came out fired up and within four minutes they had equalised when a free kick was knocked into his own goal by McArdle though he may have had a case that he was being impeded by Nyatanga.

Barnsley piled on the pressure after that and reaped their rewards when Nyatanga found Winnall who struck home into the bottom left hand corner.

And right at the end with Bradford pushing forward for an equaliser, Hemmings, only just on for Winnall who received a standing ovation from the Oakwell faithful, ended the match on a massive high as he slotted the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box as the Reds hit the visitors on the break.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Turnbull; Cranie, Ramage, Nyatanga; Bree, Bailey, Hourihane, Berry, Williams; Winnall, Cole.

Subs: Davies, Brown, Dudgeon, Treacy, Hemmings, M’voto, Lita.

Bradford (4-3-1-2): Pickford; Darby, Davies, McArdle, Sheehan; Kennedy, Yeates, Knott; Liddle; Clarke, Mclean.

Subs: Williams, Meredith, Dolan, Routis, McBurnie, Morais, Bennett.

Ref: Andy Madley [Ossett]