Scunthorpe United 0-0 Barnsley
Football League Championship
Barnsley came away from Glanford Park with a point as they played out a 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe United.
Scunthorpe were thwarted on numerous occasions by Tykes goalkeeper Luke Steele, the woodwork, and the linesman’s flag.
It was a match that often threatened to burst into life, but neither side were ever able to build up a spell of sustained pressure, and the goalless draw was always a distinct probability.
In a game of few chances, it was the home side who had the better of the it with Jon Forte’s first half effort the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock. Forte burst into the box and hit a shot across goal, but the ball bounced out off the post and away from danger.
With goalmouth action sparse, Barnsley looked content to settle for a point, though Adam Hammill went close for them before half time.
Scunthorpe ‘keeper Joe Murphy spilled the ball from a cross, and Hammill’s drilled effort was scrambled away from the goal by defender Rob Jones.
In the second half, a subdued home crowd finally had something to shout about as Martyn Woolford latched onto a Chris Dagnall through ball and slotted home, but the celebrations were cut short by a flag for offside.
Forte then had a golden chance to win it before the end, fashioning himself some space inside the 18 yard box, but his weak finish was saved by Steele.
Eddie Nolan’s speculative long range effort for The Iron went narrowly over at the death, but the score-sheet remained blank as both sides remained in the bottom half.