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Macron Stadium (ATT 15,845) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 15:07

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Barnsley Barnsley

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Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley edged out by Bolton at the Reebok Stadium

Last Updated: 12/04/14 5:50pm

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Jermaine Beckford: Scored the only goal of the game

Jermaine Beckford: Scored the only goal of the game

Barnsley's relegation fears worsened after Jermaine Beckford's first-half goal saw them beaten 1-0 at Bolton in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Tykes had a golden opportunity to take a point back to South Yorkshire, when Ryan McLaughlin won a penalty with just under 10 minutes left.

But Chris O'Grady's spot-kick smashed the frame of the goal to deny them a draw which on the balance of play they would have deserved.

Bolton's on-loan signing Joe Mason was named among the substitutes in what was the last game of his loan spell before returning to parent club Cardiff.

Liam Lawrence returned for the visitors after missing their defeat by Burnley with a slight calf strain and Kelvin Etuhu came back from suspension.

Barnsley looked threatening early on and should have taken the lead. Terrific interplay saw McLaughlin feed the ball into Dale Jennings, who somehow blazed it over the bar.

Beckford then had a chance to open the scoring. Chung-Yong Lee cut the ball back inside from a cross, but the Jamaican international could not guide the pass to the target in a half that failed to capture the imagination.

But, just as the game was approached the break, Wanderers scored a surprising goal. A long ball out of defence from Matt Mills caught the Barnsley defence napping, with Beckford controlling well and then rounding the ball past Luke Steele into an empty net.

They then had the opportunity to double the lead early in the second half. Alan Hutton set-up Andre Moritz from close range, but Steele stood tall and chested the ball out for a corner

The Tykes had a chance to equalise when O'Grady volleyed from the edge of the area, though the ball went straight into the hands of Adam Bogdan.

A Rob Hall long ball puts Beckford into a similar situation from which he scored. However, this time he could not guide the ball home.

Barnsley were now pushing for the draw with chances from Kennedy and Tomasz Cywka and they could have had a penalty when O'Grady looked to be pushed in the back by Matt Mills.

McLaughlin had a great opportunity but his free header from three yards out was not on target. Jennings then hit a shot from 25 yards which smashes against the post, though the referee awarded a corner.

Their biggest chance came when McLaughlin won a penalty after being brought down in the box from a clumsy challenge from Alex Baptiste, who was then substituted shortly after.

But O'Grady's penalty hit the post and went out for a throw, with Bolton then holding on for the win

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22