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Apr 4, 2015 at 12.15pm UK at ​Oakwell
Barnsley
0-2
Sheff UtdSheffield United

Stewart (67')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Davies (42'), Holt (71')
Brayford (66')

Result: Sheffield United end Barnsley's unbeaten run to cement playoff place

Barnsley's nine-game unbeaten run comes to an end as Sheffield United put a big dent in their playoff hopes at Oakwell.

Second-half goals from Steven Davies and Jason Holt saw Sheffield United pick up their third win in four games and put an end to Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley's nine-game unbeaten run this afternoon.

It was a bitty start to the match at Oakwell, with Paul Coutts's header for the away side the only opening of the first quarter of an hour.

The hosts were struggling to break down the Blades and being restricted to efforts from distance. Josh Scowen took aim from range and saw his fizzing strike fly just wide.

United hit the woodwork in the 25th minute when a Holt header was left by Barnsley keeper Joe Wildsmith and bounced off the top of the crossbar.

Holt again went close 10 minutes later before the Blades' pressure told shortly before half time when Davies looped a header into the net from Kieron Freeman's cross.

Mason Holgate could have pulled Barnsley level in added time at the end of the first half, but was only able to head a close-range opportunity wide.

The Tykes started the second half well enough, but they couldn't break the visitors down. Their task of getting something out of the game was made doubly difficult 20 minutes from time when Holt stroked home from the middle of the box.

That was to be the final goal of the game as the Blades saw out the victory with relative ease.

Barnsley miss out on the chance to move within one point of the playoffs, while United get back to winning ways and move seven points clear of seventh-placed Bradford City.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth14103124111333
2Sunderland1476126131327
3Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1483330201027
4Accrington StanleyAccrington147521813526
5Doncaster RoversDoncaster147432419525
6Barnsley136522391423
7Luton TownLuton146531915423
8Walsall136431514122
9Charlton AthleticCharlton136342118321
10Coventry CityCoventry146351314-121
11Fleetwood Town145542113820
12Blackpool13481149520
13Southend UnitedSouthend146261818020
14Burton Albion135261617-117
15Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe144552229-717
16Rochdale144462128-716
17Wycombe WanderersWycombe143651721-415
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury142661115-412
19Gillingham133371825-712
20Bristol Rovers14257913-411
21AFC Wimbledon143291020-1011
22Oxford UnitedOxford Utd142481323-1010
23Bradford CityBradford1431101022-1210
24Plymouth ArgylePlymouth141491125-147

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