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24 November 2018

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Only a stunning save from Adam Davies denied James Coppinger a dramatic late winner as Rovers had to settle for a point in a pulsating South Yorkshire derby at Oakwell.

Herbie Kane's fourth goal in as many games had put Rovers ahead early in the second period, but Cauley Woodrow poked home a leveller 10 minutes later.

Both teams pushed for a winner, with Coppinger going so close to a decisive stoppage-time interception only for Davies to pull of a stunning save to preserve a point for his side and deny Rovers what would have been a deserved winner.

Grant McCann was forced into a defensive reshuffle, with Matty Blair dropping to right-back and Niall Mason moving inside to the centre-back positions to cover the absence of the suspended Tom Anderson.

Rovers started brightly, with only a last-gasp challenge denying Ali Crawford after being played in by John Marquis.

Alfie May, full of confidence after hitting four goals in midweek, flashed an effort just wide and Coppinger curled an effort from outside the area which came crashing back off the crossbar.

Rovers were close to springing the offside trap on several occasions, with the timing not quite right to send John Marquis or May though.

The home side were reduced to shots from range, with Kieffer Moore the biggest thread from the Tykes - with an effort straight into the arms of Ian Lawlor and Mason with a fantastic tackle in the area to stop him getting through on goal.

Rovers again started the second period well, and took the lead with seven minutes played after the restart.

May was squeezed out from getting a shot away, but showed some real persistence to win the ball back. He fed Coppinger, whose cross was inch-perfect for the onrushing Kane to power home a header.

Home manager Daniel Stendel reacted with two changes, bringing on Woodrow and George Moncur.

The Tykes immediately reaped the rewards from that attacking change, with a free-kick flicked on and Woodrow poking the ball home.

The goal gave the home side confidence, but chances were still few and far between for them and the introduction of Tommy Rowe then Mallik Wilks helped give the visitors more impetus.

A vital interception from Lindsay nicked the ball away from May after 73 minutes, with the No.19 shooting just wide a couple of minutes later then Kane drilling an effort just wide.

Cavare got vital blocks in on May and Coppinger, while Andy Butler headed just over from a Coppinger free-kick.

Rovers did not give up, creating three chances even as the game entered five minutes of time added on.

First Lindsay just did enough to nick the ball from the feet of Rowe in the area, then Kane shot wide at the near post from a free-kick.

But the best chance came with the final kick of the ball as Kane put in a fantastic cross for Coppinger, who met it sweetly, only for a fantastic diving save from Davies to deny him a famous winner.


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