From Dan Long
Last updated: 15/03/19 22:22
Barnsley missed the chance to cut Luton's lead at League One to just two points, as local rival Doncaster held a 0-0 draw at Keepmoat.
Grant McCann's Rovers flew out of the blocks to bolster their own play-off efforts, but on two separate occasions they were denied the winner by visiting goalkeeper Adam Davies.
The second half lacked the intensity of the first, but although the Tykes – supported by more than 3,500 traveling fans – followed the instructions of Chef Daniel Stendel, they were forced to concentrate on one point by retaining their six consecutive zeroes.
Doncaster: Marosi (7), Blair (6), Downing (6), Butler (6), Andrew (5), Whiteman (6), Kane (6), Rowe (5), Wilks (7), Marquis (5), Coppinger (6)
Subs: Crawford (5), Sadlier (5), May (n / a)
Barnsley: Davies (8), Cavare (6), Lindsay (6), Pinnock (8), J. Williams (6), Adeboyejo (5), Dougall (n / a), Mowatt (5), B. Williams (5) , Thiam (5), Woodrow (5)
Subs: Fryers (5), Stretcher (5), Hedges (n / a)
Man of the Game: Ethan Pinnock
One point improves Doncaster's advantage over seventh Peterborough, while Barnsley plans to close the gap in the Hatters on Saturday afternoon in a live match for Sky Sports Football at 12.00.
Despite their high position in the league, it had been more than a month since McCann's side had won a league game, but their energy and dominance in the early stages painted a completely different picture.
Only 15 miles separate the two sides, and although Mamadou Thiam fired into the side net in the first minute, Barnsley was soon in the back seat and was held in goal by goalkeeper Davies.
Leeds borrower Mallik Wilks was lively for the hosts in the first half, but six minutes before half-time when Jordan Williams hit Thiam's cross, the equalizer was almost forgotten.
Doncaster boss Grant McCann made three changes to the side that drew in the midweek with Blackpool. John Marquis was named in the attack after the striker had missed the drive to Bloomfield Road by a suspension.
Daniel Stendel has made three own changes; Dani Pinillos, Jordan Green and Mike Steven Bahre were replaced by Ben Williams, Victor Adeboyejo and Jordan Williams.
When the whistle began, the second half began as Stendel's audible screams urged Tykes, though Marosi was soon put into action by Cauley Woodrow and Victor Adeboyejo before Ethan Pinnock refused a punishment after being dragged by Andy Butler.
The hosts had survived a late thunderstorm, but Davies returned to Barnsley's help and valiantly held off Kieran Sadlier's attack before beating his successor Alfie May in an action where each team scored one point.
Man of the Game – Ethan Pinnock
The 25-year-old was narrowly ahead of Adam Davies just as he was tucked behind the scenes of the Tykes on an evening when their massive passage of clean sheets was seriously threatened by a resilient Doncaster who wanted to win his first six games ,
Man of the Match Barnsleys@EasyEatssThe
helped@BarnsleyFCRecord for the sixth consecutive year for the first time in a row – for the first time in 3️⃣5️⃣ years
05. league appearance for the club
Barnsley has not scored more than 10 hours in open play pic.twitter.com/UHwbRduyDN
– Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 15, 2019
Grant McCann: "I thought we were a very good first half – the pace at which we play, the energy we played with and we were unlucky not to take the lead with a few good chances.
"The second half of the game was stretched a bit and I thought it was pretty balanced, really, but it's a point for us against a very good Barnsley team, and we can build on that."
Daniel Stendel: "I think if you look at both sides, it's okay, we had to change it very early with Kenny (Dougall) It was not easy to see the pressure of Doncaster in the first half, and it took us time, but in the first half In the second half it was a very good game of ours.
"We controlled the game … but it's not easy to play in Doncaster and we played a good game."
Doncaster faces a tough test this Saturday as he competes against Luton in League One on Kenilworth Road, while Barnsley travels to Walsall earlier in the day in a live game at Sky Sports Football. Start at Banks Stadium is at 12 o'clock.
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