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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17