Burnley 1 Barnsley 0: Mellon uncertain over Oakwell future

Barnsley's Marcus Tudgay and Burnley's David Jones battle for the ball.

Barnsley's Marcus Tudgay and Burnley's David Jones battle for the ball.

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Barnsley caretaker manager Micky Mellon admits he faces an uncertain future after watching the Reds slump to defeat at Turf Moor.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche dismissed talk of a crisis at the Clarets and instead chose to focus on Michael Kightly’s fine goal in the 1-0 win over Barnsley that sent them back top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Kightly netted the only goal of the game in the 65th minute, combining neatly with Kieran Trippier before driving into the roof of the net from 16 yards.

The win over managerless Barnsley ended a run of five in the league without a win for Burnley and, along with results around them, saw the Clarets jump from third to first in the table.

Barnsley caretaker boss Mellon was upbeat despite defeat but could not confirm how long he would be remaining at the club let alone state his intention to put his name forward for the permanent job.

“I’ve not been told anything by the board. I don’t know whether I’ll still be here tomorrow, never mind being in change for the Yeovil game next weekend,” said Mellon.

“In the first half we created some really good chances, some very presentable opportunities.”

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