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Plymouth 1-2 Barnsley

Adam Hammill (centre) celebrates his equaliser with his Barnsley team-mates
Hamill (centre) celebrates his equaliser with his Barnsley team-mates

Barnsley secured their Championship survival after recovering from one goal down to beat Plymouth 2-1 at Home Park.

The Tykes started well but they were hit by a sweeping counter-attack and Gary Sawyer headed Plymouth in front from Paul Gallagher's left-wing corner.

Barnsley levelled when Jon Macken nodded the ball to Adam Hammill who smashed in from 25 yards.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce's goal eased their nerves but the result ultimately proved academic as Charlton beat Norwich 4-2.


Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock:

"The priority this season was staying in this division and our celebration came last week when we knew we were safe, but I was desperate to end on a high note.

"Unfortunately we haven't been the best at home - which is something we have to rectify in the summer in time for next season.

"The real turning point came when Alan Judge's shot came back off the bar. If that had gone in and made it 2-0 then the game would have taken on a whole different complexion."

Barnsley boss Simon Davey:

"When we were 1-0 down the fans were telling us that it was 1-0 (at Charlton), then 2-0 but we said when we came here that today was going to be about us and taking care of our own business.

"Even when we came into the dressing room at 1-1 and we knew the score was 3-1 at Charlton at half-time, we knew that we still had to make sure with a win because football does this strange thing of kicking you when you least expect it.

"We did our bit and that's all we could do."


Plymouth: Larrieu, Gray, Seip, Barker, Sawyer, Judge (Donnelly 80), Fletcher, Duguid, Gallagher, Douala (Mackie 49), Barnes (Noone 58).Goals: Sawyer 12.

Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Moore, Foster, Kozluk, Campbell-Ryce, De Silva, Colace, Hammill (Devaney 87), Macken (Mifsud 85), Bogdanovic (El Haimour 90).
Subs Not Used: Muller, Teymourian.

Goals: Hammill 34, Campbell-Ryce 47.

Att: 14,529

Ref: Clive Penton (Sussex).



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1 Newcastle 27 27 56
2 Nottm Forest 28 23 52

3 West Brom 27 26 50
4 Cardiff 27 22 45
5 Swansea 27 3 42
6 Sheff Utd 27 4 41

7 Blackpool 27 10 40
8 Leicester 26 2 39
9 Middlesbrough 28 7 37
10 Bristol City 27 -4 36
11 Preston 26 -2 35
12 QPR 27 -4 34
13 Doncaster 26 -1 33
14 Coventry 28 -8 33
15 Barnsley 26 -8 33
16 Scunthorpe 27 -13 33
17 Watford 26 -6 32
18 Derby 28 -11 32
19 Sheff Wed 28 -12 31
20 Crystal Palace 27 2 30
21 Ipswich 27 -8 29

22 Reading 27 -16 26
23 Plymouth 26 -14 24
24 Peterborough 28 -19 18


see also
Norwich drop down to League One
03 May 09 |  Championship
Championship photos
03 May 09 |  Championship
Ups and downs
03 May 09 |  Football


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