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Davies’ double earns Reds derby day victory

A Craig Davies double secured Barnsley a 2-0 derby win over a lacklustre Doncaster Rovers side at Oakwell.

Barnsley, who have produced one of their best first half performances of the season so far, took a deserved lead on the half hour when striker Davies took advantage of a slip by Rovers centre-back Martis in the box to poke the ball past Ikeme.

Keith Hill’s side made the early run-in after the break and Butterfield shot just wide of the left-hand post with a low 25-yarder on 48 minutes.

Barnsley doubled their lead on 64 minutes. Done got the better of two defenders and pulled the ball back from the byline for Davies to beat Ikeme for a second time with a clinical finish.

Rovers were reduced to ten men on 72 minutes when Lockwood was shown the red card for a foul on Foster after his side had won a free-kick.

Perhaps realising that the game was up, a number of the 2,325 Rovers fans behind Steele’s goal started to head for the exit.

There was a let off for Rovers on 89 minutes when O’Brien hit the near post after getting the better of Ilunga. The ball fell nicely for Haynes in front of goal but he was unable to capitalise.

For a full report, plus match pix, see the Green’Un.