Barnsley’s remarkable relegation revival to play-off Champions

Barnsley have been promoted to the English Championship after defeating Millwall 3-1 last night in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

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Barnsley sat dead last in League 1 in November last year and were set for relegation. What happens next is nothing short of a miracle. Barnsley won 15 of 23 games in 2016, just making the cut for the play-offs.

 

Barnsley were ruthless from the sound of the first whistle. Ashley Fletcher put The Tykes up in the first two minutes of play, before Adam Hammill scored an absolute stunner from 25 yards.

The occasion may have seemed too much for Millwall, as they struggled to put away open chances. Barnsley on the other hand were clinical and made their presence known from the word go.

Millwall finally broke through at the half hour mark, when Mark Beevers scored a goal from close range.

One goal wasn’t enough, as Lloyd Isgrove’s late header confirmed Barnsley’s promotion to the English Championship.


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Moments before the final whistle, violence erupted in the stands from the Millwall end. Somehow a section of Millwall fans broke through Wembley’s security barrier, charging at opposing fans.

Fans took to Twitter, saying families were forced to flee the stadium.

 

A spokesperson from the FA has condemded the action from the group of Millwall supporters.

“The FA condemns the disorder caused by a small number of  fans at today’s League One Play Off final between Barnsley and Millwall at Wembley Stadium.

“We will work closely with the clubs, the Football League and the Met Police to identify those involved and take appropriate action.

“We would like to take this opportunity to praise the actions of our stewards and the police, who responded responsibly under provocation.”

 

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Ari Charilaou