2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Lee Gregory (24')
  • Ben Marshall (63')

Millwall march on to add to Tykes' relegation fears

Millwall's unbeaten run of games stretched to eight in the Sky Bet Championship as they comfortably defeated Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell.
Lee Gregory opened the scoring in the first half before Ben Marshall's stunner secured the points for the Lions midway through the second period - ensuring they remained in the play-off hunt.
The first quarter of the game saw limited action and it took Millwall 24 minutes to break the deadlock.
The Lions latched onto the ball in the middle of the park and Jed Wallace was able to pick a pass, playing in Gregory who found space inside the area and was able to roll the ball under Nick Townsend to make it 1-0.
Up until that point it had been all Barnsley. The in-form Oli McBurnie had a shot charged down in the opening 10 minutes while Mamadou Thiam looked lively down the right-hand side.
He was able to create two opportunities before the goal, seeing one ball in put over his own bar by Jake Cooper before Kieffer Moore's header was easily saved by Jordan Archer.
Gary Gardner, meanwhile, had a long-range effort as the game reached the half-hour mark, but his powerful shot was off target for the Reds. Liam Lindsay also had a chance, heading over at the near post from a corner just before half-time.
Millwall had created the better openings, though, and they could easily have been two goals to the good before the break.
On 34 minutes George Saville collected a loose ball inside the box before rounding Townsend in the Barnsley goal. However, with a flurry of Tykes bodies on the goal line, he fired over trying to find the roof of the net.
Barnsley could have drawn level as Moore was presented with two chances. He first saw a shot blocked by a Lions defender and then Archer did well to tip the striker's header wide.
On 63 minutes, though, Millwall did make it two. Marshall cut inside from the left and, 25 yards from goal, hit a spectacular effort which bent into the far corner. Townsend could do nothing as he watched the ball sail past him.
Archer was then forced into action again, getting down to deny George Moncur as the Reds looked to respond to going two goals behind.
Jose Morais' team had responded well and but for a goal-line clearance from Cooper, they would have been back in the game as McBurnie's goal-bound header was hooked away in the nick of time.
Barnsley failed to get back into it though and were resigned to defeat as they stayed just a place above the relegation zone.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 17 +8 33
2 Middlesbrough 17 +11 31
3 Leeds United 17 +12 30
4 Sheffield United 17 +8 30
5 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 28
6 Derby County 17 +5 28
7 Nottingham Forest 17 +7 27
8 Swansea City 17 +6 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 17 -1 26
10 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 26
11 Aston Villa 17 +4 24
12 Birmingham City 17 +3 24
13 Bristol City 17 +1 22
14 Stoke City 17 -1 22
15 Brentford 17 +4 21
16 Wigan Athletic 17 -7 20
17 Sheffield Wednesday 17 -9 20
18 Preston North End 17 -4 18
19 Rotherham United 17 -9 18
20 Reading 17 -5 16
21 Millwall 17 -7 16
22 Hull City 17 -8 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -12 16
24 Ipswich Town 17 -14 11