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Barnsley 3-1 Millwall

 Posted by at 11:55 PM
May 292016
 
Barnsley will play in the Championship next season, having been relegated from the second tier in 2014

Barnsley sealed promotion to the Championship as two goals in the first 19 minutes set up their League One play-off final win over Millwall.

Ashley Fletcher slotted home after just 88 seconds, before Adam Hammill’s 25-yard curling shot doubled the lead.

Both had scored for Barnsley in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final win over Oxford at Wembley eight weeks earlier.

Mark Beevers fired in Millwall’s reply from close range but Lloyd Isgrove’s header secured Barnsley’s victory.

The Tykes were bottom of League One in December but a superb run of form under interim boss Paul Heckingbottom saw them finish sixth in the table, and their two-year exile from the Championship was ended by wins over Walsall and Millwall in the play-offs.

Lions pay for slow start

Millwall were unable to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt following relegation last season

Millwall were forced into a late change before kick-off when centre-back Byron Webster was injured in the warm-up, with Tony Craig taking his place.

A mix-up in the Lions defence from a long ball allowed Fletcher to take advantage, as the on-loan Manchester United forward held off Carlos Edwards and fired across Jordan Archer into the bottom corner.

The south London side lacked composure and cohesion in the opening 25 minutes, and Barnsley capitalised again when Hammill cut in from the left and bent an exquisite shot into the top corner without being challenged.

Beevers’ close-range finish reduced the deficit but the second half was a scrappy affair with few clear-cut chances, and Millwall could not recover from their poor start.

Millwall had been looking to secure an immediate return to the second tier but boss Neil Harris, in his first full season in charge, will have to pick up his squad for another promotion bid next season, having finished fourth in the table.

Tykes show composure

Lloyd Isgrove’s header with 16 minutes remaining completed Barnsley’s play-off final victory

Barnsley looked comfortable on their second visit of the season to the national stadium, having suffered just one defeat since mid-March to reach the play-offs.

With Millwall increasingly playing the ball long in the second period, it was the Yorkshire side who made the crucial breakthrough, as goalkeeper Archer failed to collect Conor Hourihane’s corner and Isgrove headed into an empty net.

The Tykes looked more likely to score a fourth in the closing stages, although Chris Taylor forced Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies into a late save.

With 13 victories in 21 games, winning the club’s first cup final since 1912 and now winning promotion to the Championship, Heckingbottom has made a strong case to take charge on a more permanent basis.

The 38-year-old – part of the Barnsley squad promoted from the third tier in 2006 – built on work done by Lee Johnson, who left Oakwell for Bristol City in February.

Man of the match: Adam Hammill (Barnsley)

Providing a constant threat for Barnsley on the left touchline, his goal – a sublime long-range effort into the top corner – put the Reds in the driving seat in the first half.

After a successful spell at Barnsley early in his career, Hammill returned to Oakwell in November with the club struggling towards the foot of League One.

His form has been a key reason for their improvement in the second half of the campaign, and having scored in their Football League Trophy final win in April, Hammill found the net at Wembley again to help his side to promotion.

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

Second Half ends, Barnsley 3, Millwall 1.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Williams tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marley Watkins with a cross.

Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden O’Brien.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Barnsley. Marley Watkins replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

Attempt missed. Aiden O’Brien (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Carlos Edwards.

Substitution, Barnsley. Ivan Toney replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lee Gregory.

Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Ben Thompson.

Goal! Barnsley 3, Millwall 1. Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Carlos Edwards.

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.

Josh Brownhill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Attempt saved. Aiden O’Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nadjim Abdou.

Attempt missed. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

Offside, Millwall. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Marc Roberts (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Isgrove.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Carlos Edwards.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lloyd Isgrove with a cross.

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Rashford close to new Man Utd deal

 Posted by at 6:54 PM
May 292016
 
Marcus Rashford has scored eight goals for United since making his debut in February

A new long-term contract for Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is close to being announced by the club.

The 18-year-old has one year left on his current deal – and the new contract is thought to be worth £20,000 a week

Rashford scored twice on his debut in February’s Europa League win over FC Midtjylland, then again in his first Premier League game three days later.

He is England’s youngest debut scorer and will find out on Tuesday if he is in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.

Rashford scored just 138 seconds into his first senior international appearance as England continued their preparations for next month’s tournament in France with a 2-1 win over Australia on Friday.

Since bursting onto the scene three months ago, Rashford has netted eight times in 18 appearances for the Old Trafford club.

The teenager has been represented in negotiations by family members, with advice from Chris and Wayne Welbeck, brothers of former United forward Danny, who now plays for Arsenal.

Meanwhile, it is thought United are also close to a new deal for defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has one year to run on his existing contract.

The 19-year-old made 14 appearances under Louis van Gaal this season.

Van Gaal was sacked two days after the club’s FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace and has been replaced by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

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May 292016
 
Diego Simeone took charge of Atletico Madrid in December 2011

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he will “start thinking” about his future with the club after Saturday’s Champions League final defeat.

Atletico lost 5-3 on penalties to Real Madrid after the match at Milan’s San Siro finished 1-1 after extra time.

It is the second time in three seasons Simeone’s side have lost to their La Liga rivals in the final, following the 4-1 extra-time defeat in 2014.

“Losing two finals is a failure,” said the Argentine, in charge since 2011.

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