BARNSLEY reached the fourth round of the FA Cup against 10-man Burnley with a first goal for the club by teenager Danny Rose four minutes from time..
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A replay looked to be on the cards in an uninspiring encounter between the npower Championship rivals at Oakwell, with Burnley seeming content to settle for a draw after Brian Stock was sent off for two bookable offences in the first half.
The Championship’s bottom side wasted several chances to take the lead and it looked like they would be unable to make their man advantage count until Rose, who had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds, converted after Brian Jensen had made a hash of David Perkins’ free-kick.
It was perhaps just rewards for the Tykes as they put their league struggles behind them, although they could have been out of sight had Stephen Dawson and Scott Golbourne not wasted glorious opportunities.
Wales international Craig Davies was omitted from the squad amid reports Barnsley had accepted a £300,000 bid from Championship rivals Bolton, with Marlon Harewood stepping into the breach.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche took the opportunity to make three changes to the side that triumphed at Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day with Jensen, Dean Marney and Keith Treacy recalled in favour of Lee Grant, Chris McCann and Martin Paterson.
There was little on show to keep the fans interested in the early stages, with Burnley striker Sam Vokes tamely shooting wide in plenty of space.
However, tempers flared when Stock and Harewood tangled in an off-the-ball incident which saw both players booked for their troubles.
And Burnley were reduced to 10 men when Stock earned a second yellow card eight minutes before the break for a late challenge on Jim O’Brien.
Unsurprisingly the dismissal seemed to galvanise Barnsley, who dominated up until the interval with Perkins’ curling free-kick from distance only just missing the target.
Full-back Golbourne then wasted the best chance of the half when he blazed over with just Burnley goalkeeper Jensen to beat following some good build-up play from Chris Dagnall.
The 1912 winners continued to threaten immediately after the interval although they were let down by more poor finishing.
Stephen Dawson dragged his shot wide after O’Brien’s cross into the area had fallen to him and the midfielder wasted another glorious opportunity by firing over following some patient build-up play on the left.
Their profligacy nearly came back to haunt them but Vokes struck narrowly wide from Wallace’s cutback while Jason Shackell headed harmlessly over the bar from Kieran Trippier’s corner.
The Barnsley fans were starting to grow restless with their side’s lack of endeavour but the opener came in bizarre fashion in the 85th minute.
David Perkins’ floated free-kick should have presented no danger but Jensen could only tip the ball onto the bar, with substitute Rose, who had only just entered the fray, on hand to bundle home.