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"The only goal of the game came in the 21st minute"
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Saturday, 1 September, 2001, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Grimsby 1-0 Barnsley
Phil Jevons
Chettle watches on helplessly as Jevons scores
Phil Jevons scored a first-half goal for Grimsby to send them to the top of the First Division.

The former Everton striker scored his first league goal for Grimsby following his 250,000 move from Goodison Park in the summer.

It was Barnsley's third away defeat in a row and they had keeper Kevin Miller dismissed seven minutes from time for a rash challenge on Alan Pouton.

It's nearly 20 years since Grimsby have been top and, while it's unrealistic to expect us to stay there, we'll enjoy it while we can
Lennie Lawrence
It could have been very different, as the visitors had the majority of possession, but they missed a cutting edge.

Early on Barnsley striker Bruce Dyer saw a shot parried by Danny Coyne after he got away from Grimsby skipper Paul Groves.

Miller misery

Then Mike Sheron sent in a cross from the right and Dyer headed goalwards but John McDermott came from nowhere to head off the line.

But five minutes later Grimsby went ahead.

Jonathan Rowan went on a long run into the Barnsley box and the ball broke to Jevons, whose finish was clinical.

Barnsley manager Nigel Spackman brought on Mitch Ward for Eric Tinkler at the start of the second half to try and bring about a change of fortune.

The visitors continued to knock the ball about well but could not find a way through a strong Grimsby defence.

The home side almost added a second when a long cross-field ball from Tony Gallimore found Jevons.

He showed good skill but Miller reacted superbly to parry his shot to safety.

It was Miller's last act as he was red-carded soon afterwards. It completed a strange day for the Barnsley keeper as he had had to change his top three times.

He came out dressed all in black - clashing with the home side's shirt. Then he changed to green, the same colour as referee John Brandwood.

Finally he borrowed a yellow top belonging to the home club - and it certainly did not bring him much luck.

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