Barnsley were left cursing their luck and the woodwork as Watford held on for a goalless draw at Oakwell.
The home side twice hit the post in quick succession in the second half as they attempted to break the deadlock and record a deserved victory.
Winger Adam Hammill's curling free-kick struck the frame, as did Jacob Butterfield's shot shortly after.
The Tykes remain mid-table and three points off the play-off spots, while Watford are a further two points back.
It was the visitors who started the game the stronger and could have taken an early lead with a low drive that home keeper Luke Steele saved.
But Barnsley soon took control, with former Liverpool wide-man Hammill the chief architect.
On the half hour, he cut inside to fire a 30-yard drive into the midriff of Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach before repeating the trick moments later when he fired in another powerful drive which flew fractionally over the top of the bar.
However, for all their dominance, Barnsley could not find a way through and when the woodwork twice came to the Hornet's rescue the sense grew that a winner was destined not to come.
Garry O'Connor and substitute Paul Hayes both fired wastefully over from long range in a tense finale before Stephen Foster missed the final chance for the hosts deep into stoppage time when he rose well to head Kieran Trippier's free-kick over the top.
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Saturday, 27 November 2010
10 Lovre (Hayes 70)
20 Colace (Butterfield 58)
03 A Taylor
05 M Taylor
09 Deeney (Sordell 57)
Ref: SalisburyAtt: 10,653
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:55 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+3:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Jacob Butterfield. Centre by Kieran Trippier, Header on goal by Stephen Foster
from just inside the area goes over the goal.
90:00+2:30 A cross is delivered by Jim O'Brien, clearance by Martin Taylor.
90:00+1:08 Unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Adam Hammill results in a free kick. Lloyd Doyley restarts play with the free kick.
88:10 Jim O'Brien produces a cross, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.
86:36 Shot from just outside the box by Stephen McGinn goes over the bar.
85:04 Bobby Hassell takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
84:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hayes by Martin Taylor. Jacob Butterfield takes the free kick.
82:16 Inswinging corner from left by-line crossed in by Jordon Mutch, Bobby Hassell manages to make a clearance.
79:53 Bobby Hassell crosses the ball, Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
78:02 Shot by Paul Hayes from outside the box goes high over the target.
76:56 Marvin Sordell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
74:26 Effort from outside the penalty box by Garry O'Connor goes wide left of the goal.
73:59 Andrew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jacob Butterfield. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
73:30 Foul by Diego Arismendi on Jordon Mutch, free kick awarded. Don Cowie takes the free kick.
72:49 Danny Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
70:42 Jim O'Brien crosses the ball, Header by Paul Hayes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
69:06 Goran Lovre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McGinn. Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
69:06 Substitution Goran Lovre goes off and Paul Hayes comes on.
66:19 Adam Hammill takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa. Effort
from just outside the area by Jacob Butterfield strikes the post.
64:35 Foul by Stephen McGinn on Adam Hammill, free kick awarded. Adam Hammill fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
64:02 Corner taken short by Jim O'Brien.
63:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by John Eustace. Bobby Hassell restarts play with the free kick.
61:55 Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, save by Luke Steele.
60:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim O'Brien on John Eustace. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
57:04 Substitution Hugo Colace leaves the field to be replaced by Jacob Butterfield.
56:31 Substitution Troy Deeney leaves the field to be replaced by Marvin Sordell.
54:17 Don Cowie crosses the ball, clearance by Kieran Trippier.
50:53 Diego Arismendi is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
48:32 Stephen McGinn takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
45:31 Garry O'Connor produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:25 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+0:53 Corner taken by Don Cowie played to the near post, Garry O'Connor manages to make a clearance.
45:00 A cross is delivered by Adam Hammill, Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
43:54 Jim O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McGinn. Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
42:27 Jordon Mutch takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Shackell.
40:22 Stephen McGinn has a curled shot. Save by Luke Steele.
37:50 Jordon Mutch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.
36:21 The ball is sent over by Lloyd Doyley, clearance by Diego Arismendi.
34:59 The ball is sent over by Jordon Mutch, Martin Taylor produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
34:26 Jason Shackell challenges Danny Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Don Cowie.
33:38 The ball is swung over by Jordon Mutch. The offside flag is raised against Adrian Mariappa. Luke Steele restarts play with
the free kick.
33:08 Short corner worked by Don Cowie.
32:20 Diego Arismendi fouled by Jordon Mutch, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Shackell takes the direct free kick.
28:53 Effort on goal by Adam Hammill from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
26:33 Adam Hammill takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.
26:11 Centre by Kieran Trippier, clearance made by John Eustace.
24:54 Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Jordon Mutch results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Adam Hammill, Troy Deeney makes
24:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugo Colace on Troy Deeney. Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
23:46 The referee blows for offside against Danny Graham. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
21:50 Foul by Hugo Colace on John Eustace, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Don Cowie.
20:25 John Eustace concedes a free kick for a foul on Goran Lovre. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Hammill, clearance by
19:44 Shot by Garry O'Connor. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
15:46 Goran Lovre fouled by Jordon Mutch, the ref awards a free kick. Bobby Hassell takes the free kick.
11:48 Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line, Stephen Foster manages to make a clearance.
10:08 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Hammill, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.
9:21 The ball is crossed by Adrian Mariappa, save by Luke Steele.
7:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Graham. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.
5:55 Andrew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Hammill, clearance made
by Andrew Taylor.
5:37 Jordon Mutch takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
4:39 Unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Hugo Colace results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Don Cowie, Jason Shackell
manages to make a clearance.
4:02 Corner taken by Danny Graham, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.
3:18 Troy Deeney fouled by Kieran Trippier, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andrew Taylor
from left wing, clearance made by Jason Shackell.
0:24 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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