Barnsley 1 Burton Albion 1: Reds finish home season without an Oakwell win since January

No 6 Josh Scowen congratulates George Moncur on his goal for Barnsley. Photo: Matt McLennan
No 6 Josh Scowen congratulates George Moncur on his goal for Barnsley. Photo: Matt McLennan
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Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom skipped post-match media duties on Saturday, leaving first team coach Jamie Clapham to reflect on the 1-1 Oakwell draw.

It proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the home faithful, who haven’t seen their team win on their own patch since January.

The Reds - who were missing The Star’s and the fans’ player of the year Marc Roberts through injury - were stifled somewhat by a Brewers team who needed a point to guarantee Championship survival.

Clapham said: “First and foremost, congratulations to Burton on staying up.

“We knew they’d make it difficult for us, but we would also have liked to see that bit more quality in front of goal so we could kill them off.

“We had chances, but I don’t think their ‘keeper had too many saves to make.

“It’s been a long, tough season, but we would have liked to have won the final game at Oakwell.

“The players have given everything they could for the shirt, and that’s what they’ve done all season, so that’s good.

“Burton really put their bodies on the line. It was nothing we didn’t expect, but unfortunately we just weren’t able to break them down.”

The Reds deservedly led at half-time thanks to George Moncur.

The impressive midfielder pounced on a loose ball before slotting neatly into the corner of the net from 12 yards.

Josh Scowen also fizzed a shot narrowly wide against the ineffective Brewers.

Angus MacDonald was denied in the second period as his spectacular scissor kick was superbly saved by Stephen Bywater.

Supersub Luke Varney then earned the Brewers a point when he headed home just minutes after coming on.

Out to spoil Toon’s party

Jamie Clapham wants his team to be party-poopers awt Newcastle on Sunday.

Mid-table Barnsley will be gate-crashers at the Newcastle United promotion knees-up at St James’ Park in the final game of the 2016-17 season, and Clapham hopes his team won’t get too carried away with the occasion.

Looking ahead to the lunchtime game which is set to be played out in front of a boisterous crowd well in excess of 50,000, Clapham said: “Our fans have been fantastic all season and the away support wherever we have been has been great. We’ve got one game left, so let’s go up to Newcastle and spoil their party.”

After the Newcastle clash the hard work really does begin again for Clapham and manager Paul Heckingbottom.

Clapham added: “Once the season is finished we’ll go through every detail and try to improve all the little bits.

“There’s nothing that needs massive improvement, but we want to strive to be better.”

fans seek home comforts

The Reds’ 2016-17 Championship campaign has been a hugely satisfactory one following promotion last May, the Oakwell faithful will surely be after more from their team back at base next time around.

Saturday’s draw meant that miserable run of home results continued.

The Reds’ last nine home fixtures of the season produced seven draws and two defeatsand most of their 12,000 fans at Oakwell will have gone home disappointed.