Burton Albion 0 Barnsley 0: Goalless stalemate was a good spectacle, says Reds boss Paul Heckingbottom

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Barnsley moved a point closer to the League One play-off zone after this goalless draw at Burton Albion.

Caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom’s side were held to a stalemate, but edged a point nearer to sixth-placed Gillingham, who lost at home to Port Vale.

Sam Winnall and Ivan Toney both had first-half chances for Barnsley, but the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Adam Davies after the break as he denied Mark Duffy.

Barnsley have 66 points, with four games remaining of the regular season, two points fewer than Gillingham.

“You have to be happy with a point” Heckingbottom said.

“As far as nil-nils go it was a good spectacle because both teams gave everything.

“It was high energy, high tempo. We felt, second half, we started really bright but our quality fizzled out in the final third.

“We had some good opportunities and didn’t capitalise on them.

“To come to second in the league away from home, we’ve more than matched them, so we’ve got to be satisfied with a point.

“We have to be pleased with our application. I said to the boys if we carry on playing like that with the same work rate for the remaining games, no one can question it.”

Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Edwards, Mousinho, Cansdell-Sherriff, Flanagan, Weir (Choudhury 69), Duffy, Palmer, Butcher (Naylor 89), Akins, Beavon (Walker 81). Unused substitutes: Reilly, O’Connor, Bywater, Bennett.

Barnsley: Davies, Scowen, Mawson, Roberts, George Williams, Isgrove (Chapman 81), Hourihane, Brownhill, Hammill, Winnall, Toney (Fletcher 78). Unused substitutes: Nyatanga, McCourt, Townsend, Khan, Tuton.

Referee: A Davies (Hampshire).

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