Sunderland 0-1 Barnsley - match report

ETHAN Pinnock was the hero again as his second-half goal was enough to hand Barnsley a much-needed first victory in 11 Championship games

By The Newsroom
Monday, 1st January 2018, 4:01 pm
Updated Monday, 1st January 2018, 4:05 pm
Barnsley match report
Barnsley match report

Pinnock was on hand to provide the Reds with a timely boost as they saw off a Sunderland outfit who continue to struggle under recently-appointed boss Chris Coleman.

The Reds made a terrific start at the Stadium of Light.

The woodwork rescued the hosts when Mamadou Thiam lashed in a pile-driver from 25 yards that thumped the crossbar.

A minute later Adam Hammill met Joe Williams' cross, but could only divert a shot wide of goal.

Sunderland responded with Callum McManaman forcing Adam Davies into a smart stop, then Saturday's late goal-scoring hero Ethan Pinnock was called upon to deny Lewis Grabban with a superb last-ditch tackle.

Back came the Reds, and Lloyd Isgrove produced a well-struck shot which Dutch 'keeper Robbin Ruiter did well to stretch and turn away for a corner-kick.

Brad Potts was proving a handful for the Sunderland defenders, and he came close to carving out a breakthrough when he scooped an effort over the top when under pressure.

There was a real let-off for Barnsley just before the interval as Bryan Oviedo's perfectly-execute free-kick curled around the defensive wall before striking the outside of a post.

The Reds drew first blood with a goal just two minutes into the second half.

Pinnock was the main man again, heading home Zeki Fryers' corner-kick at the back post.

Sunderland almost levelled minutes later, but Aiden McGeady's crisp effort curled inches past the post.

The Reds were in need of a potentially victory-clinching second goal, and they almost struck again when Potts was thwarted by a super save from Ruiter.

The hosts ought to have levelled again with 20 minutes left, only for Paddy McNair to somehow direct a shot off target from close range.

Sub Tom Bradshaw missed the Reds' best chance of grabbing a late second goal.

Sunderland (4-5-1): Ruiter; Matthews, Browning, O'Shea, Oviedo (Maja, 46); Love, McManaman (Asoro, 61), Gibson (McNair, 33), Honeyman, McGeady; Vaughan.

Subs not used: Steele, Jones, Beadling, Embleton.

Barnsley (4-3-3): Davies; Cavare, Pinnock, Lindsay, Fryers; Gardner (Moncur, 73), Williams, Potts; Isgrove, Thiam (Bradshaw, 73), Hammill (McCarthy, 90).

Subs not used: Townsend, McGeehan, Mallan, Ugbo.

Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside).

Att: 28,311

Star man: Ethan Pinnock.