Reds FT: Barnsley 0 Scunthorpe 0 (Reds win 5-4 on pens)

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Barnsley progressed to the second round of the Capital One Cup after they eventually saw off League Two Scunthorpe 5-4 in a sudden-death penalty shoot-out.

The match had finished goalless after extra-time, with Chris O’Grady bagging the decisive spot-kick after both teams had taken nine penalties.

Barnsley's Stephen Dawson dribbles past Christian Ribeiro.

Barnsley's Stephen Dawson dribbles past Christian Ribeiro.

Chris Dagnall, Jason Scotland, Luke Steele and Jim O’Brien earlier missed their spot-kicks in an unbelievable shoot-out.

Tomasz Cywka, Stephen Dawson, David Perkins, Scott Golbourne and O’Grady were successful.

Barnsley couldn’t find the killer finish in normal time, with O’Grady and Cywka missing gilt-edged chances in the added half-hour, sending the game into the dreaded shoot-out.

Reds boss Dave Flitcroft made just one change to his starting line-up, handing Jim O’Brien a start at the expense of Scott Wiseman.

The Reds looked sharp early on and O’Grady and Jacob Mellis both went close with strikes from distance.

The visitors weren’t content to sit back though, and veteran striker Deon Burton responded when he curled a superbly-executed shot inches over the crossbar from 25 yards.

A floored Burton was then to play a major role in the most comical passage of play during the game in the 23rd minute, when he inadvertently blocked a goal-bound shot from Christian Ribeiro, and then the subsequent rebound from team-mate Terry Hawkridge.

Just when the Iron were beginning to look menacing, Barnsley appeared to knuckle down and they bossed the closing 20 minutes of the first half.

Perkins saw a deflected shot loop towards goal and Iron ‘keeper Sam Slocombe was forced to back-pedal frantically as he tipped the ball over the crossbar.

O’Grady fired narrowly wide and Dagnall almost opened the scoring against his old club, but the Reds couldn’t find the breakthrough.

Iron boss Brian Laws must have had a word during the break as his side re-emerged with all guns blazing.

Andy Dawson ought to have done better when he fired straight at Steele, while Burton also found himself with space inside the box as he shot tamely wide.

Just before the hour mark Dagnall replied with a half-volley which fizzed past the right-hand post, then sub Jason Scotland saw Slocombe alert as he saved his deflected strike.

The Reds’ tempo remained high as the final 20 minutes approached, and Dagnall flashed a low drive across Slocombe and a whisker past the keeper’s far post.

* Barnsley (4-4-2): Steele 7; Dawson 8, M’voto 7, Cranie 7 (Wiseman 62, 6), Kennedy 6 (Cywka 80, 6); O’Brien 6, Perkins 7, Mellis 5 (Scotland 54, 6), Golbourne 5; O’Grady 7, Dagnall 8. Subs not used: Alnwick, Hassell, McNulty, Cofie.

* Scunthorpe (4-4-2): Slocombe 7; Ribeiro 5, Mirfin 7, Dawson 6, Canavan 5; Sparrow 7, Hawkridge 7, Collins 5, McAllister 6 (Godden 79, 5); Winnall 5 (Welsh 71, 6), Burton 7 (Iwelumo 71, 5). Subs not used: Severn, Waterfall, Howe, Hornsey.