Leyton Orient 0 Barnsley 0: Davies excels to keep Tykes in the top six

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson.
Barnsley manager Lee Johnson.
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BARNSLEY’S six-match winning streak is over, but boss Lee Johnson will have been pleased with a hard-earned goalless draw at Leyton Orient.

Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies was in terrific form during the second half as he helped earn a point which keeps his side in the play-off places, although substitute Milan Lalkovic was shown a straight red card in the 90th minute following a crude challenge on Nathan Clarke.

In a bleak first half, Jobi McAnuff headed narrowly over the top early on for the home side before defender Scott Cuthbert should have done better when he planted a woeful header wide from eight yards.

Barnsley’s only decent chance came midway through the first half when leading scorer Conor Hourihane curled in a smart free-kick which was easily saved.

The hosts came mighty close to breaking the deadlock twice just before the half-hour mark.

Former Oakwell forward Chris Dagnall nodded narrowly wide, before then turning provider for Darius Henderson, who drilled a low shot disappointingly wide.

Davies was then superb in the 36th minute when he produced a near-post stop to deny McAnuff.

Barnsley improved after the break, but their closest chance came through John O’Sullivan, who screwed his shot wide.

Leyton Orient: Cisak, O’Neill, Cuthbert, Clarke, Dossena, Wright, Pritchard, McAnuff (Cox, 79), Dagnall, Henderson (Mooney, 82), Hedges (Simpson, 90). Unused substitutes: Omozusi, Sawyer, Lowry, Woods.

Barnsley: Davies, Holgate, Cranie, Nyatanga, John, O’Sullivan (Lalkovic, 70), Pearson, Hourihane, Scowen, Waring (Ibehre, 86), Winnall (Berry, 76). Unused substitutes: Dibble, Smith, Hemmings, Bailey.

Referee: Gavin Ward.