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Oakwell Stadium (ATT 13,593) 31st August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Mason

Barnsley Barnsley vs Huddersfield Town Huddersfld

Barnsley 2

C O'Grady (8)
M Pedersen (32)

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Huddersfld 1

J Vaughan (61)

Championship: Barnsley beat Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield 2-1

Last Updated: 31/08/13 5:36pm

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Chris O'Grady: Opened the scoring for Barnsley

Chris O'Grady: Opened the scoring for Barnsley

Chris O'Grady and Marcus Pedersen grabbed first-half goals as Barnsley beat Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield 2-1 to record their first victory of the season.

O'Grady's early goal put Barnsley in the driving seat and Norwegian striker Pedersen, who was recently signed on a season-loan from Vitesse Arnhem, added a second just after the half-hour mark.

James Vaughan's 61st-minute strike proved to be mere consolation for the visitors as they failed to force an equaliser, despite putting the hosts under pressure for a spell.

The home side started brightly and O'Grady threatened in the opening few minutes, but he was blocked inside the area after receiving the ball from Stephen Dawson.

O'Grady did not have to wait too long to find the net, however, as he netted an eighth-minute opener with a low left-foot finish after seizing on a loose ball in the area.

The lively O'Grady put an angled effort over before Huddersfield had their first real chance of the game. Oliver Norwood tried a curling shot from around 20 yards out which went wide of Mike Pollitt's left-hand post.

Pedersen made it 2-0 in the 31st minute, beating Alex Smithies with a shot on the turn after getting on the end of a cross from Tom Kennedy.

In the closing stages of the half, Norwood had a shot blocked.

Huddersfield's Adam Clayton had a shot deflected wide soon after the break and Vaughan then shot wide, under pressure from Jean-Yves Mvoto.

The pressure applied by the visitors paid off when Clayton picked out Vaughan with a fine through-ball and the in-form striker shot low past Pollitt.

Clayton found Vaughan with another ball played into the area but the striker volleyed straight at Pollitt.

Barnsley never threatened to increase their lead during the second period until Jacob Mellis joined the action as a substitute. He tried a 20-yard shot which was off target and then fired in a drive from further out which was straight at Smithies.

O'Grady then tried to set up substitute Chris Dagnall, playing a good ball into the area, but Joel Lynch did well to nip in ahead of the substitute and clear the danger.

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins threw strikers Martin Paterson and Jon Stead on in a bid to break Barnsley's resolve but the Tykes stood firm and kept their opponents at bay.

With Smithies stranded after going up for a corner deep into stoppage time, Mvoto ran with the ball from his own half with several Huddersfield players in hot pursuit before shooting wide.

After losing 5-1 and 5-2 in their last two games - against Southampton and Blackburn Rovers respectively - it was a much-needed win for Barnsley and their manager David Flitcroft.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

Match Reaction

Flitcroft delight at home win

Flitcroft delight at home win

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft paid tribute to his players after they picked up their first win of the season by beating Huddersfield 2-1 while Mark Robins had few complaints about the defeat.