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Oakwell Stadium (ATT 13,361) 14th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Barnsley Barnsley vs Yeovil Town Yeovil

Barnsley 1

M Tudgay (pen 34)

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Yeovil 1

J Grant (10)

Championship: Struggling Barnsley and Yeovil draw 1-1 at Oakwell

Last Updated: 14/12/13 6:06pm

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Marcus Tudgay: Grabbed Barnsley's equaliser against Yeovil

Marcus Tudgay: Grabbed Barnsley's equaliser against Yeovil

Barnsley are rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table after a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Yeovil on Saturday afternoon.

Joel Grant had given Town a 10th-minute lead at Oakwell but the Tykes were handed a lifeline 11 minutes before the break when James McAllister brought down Tomasz Cywka in the penalty area.

On-loan Nottingham Forest striker Marcus Tudgay stepped up to score from the spot and rescue a point for the home side but the Reds are now two points adrift at the bottom following Sheffield Wednesday's win at Watford.

Barnsley had the better of the early exchanges and Cywka and Paddy McCourt both tested Glovers stopper Chris Dunn before the visitors took the lead.

Grant got on to the end of Byron Webster's cross from the right and slid the ball into the empty net from 12 yards out with Jack Butland out of position.

Yeovil should have doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a Joe Ralls cross from the right found Joe Edwards whose shot from the edge of the area hit the post with Butland left rooted to the spot.

In their next attack, striker Ishmael Miller fluffed his shot from just inside the area when a second goal looked a certainty.

Barnsley got back into the match when referee Lee Probert pointed to the spot after McAllister tripped Cywka and Tudgay gave Dunn no chance to score his first Tykes goal.

Tudgay nearly went from hero to zero inside a minute when a cross from the right hit his leg but luckily for him went straight into the arms of Butland.

Just before half time the Barnsley fans thought they had taken the lead when Jacob Mellis' curling shot looked destined for the far corner but was cleared behind.

The hosts started the second half much better and a cross from the left by full-back Tom Kennedy in the opening minutes was just inches out of the reach of striker Marcus Pedersen.

Grant's clever dummy down the left started a move which stretched the Barnsley defence and ended when full back Luke Ayling blasted into the side netting.

In the 63rd minute, Barnsley substitute Jason Scotland's shot grazed the visitors bar.

Two minutes later, Yeovil thought they had retaken the lead when Miller bundled in a Grant cross from close range but referee Probert ruled that the striker had handled it.

Ten minutes from time a cross from Grant was headed back across the face of

goal by substitute James Hayter to Miller but the big striker put his header

wide from five yards.

A header from Barnsley substitute Jean Yves M'voto was brilliantly turned around the post by keeper Dunn in the closing stages before Yeovil turned defence into attack and a close range header by Grant went over.

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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 42 64
9 Bournemouth 43 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Charlton Athletic 42 42
21 Blackpool 43 42
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37