Barns­ley’s Nick Proschwitz af­ter the Tykes are rel­e­gated from the Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing de­feat at Middlesbrough

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WHOLE­SALE changes are needed at Barns­ley ac­cord­ing to boss Danny Wil­son af­ter de­feat at Middlesbrough con­firmed the Tykes’ rel­e­ga­tion.

It was ex­actly 17 years to the day since Wil­son’s Barns­ley se­cured pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League, but de­feat means this time they will be leav­ing the sec­ond tier of English foot­ball via the trap­door.

Jean-Yves M’voto had given them hope by open­ing the scor­ing but Lee Tom­lin’s dou­ble and a Danny Gra­ham goal earned Boro all three points.

That Barns­ley were even still in the game late on owed much to Luke Steele’s dis­play in goal how­ever, and Wil­son ad­mit­ted the per­for­mance high­lighted his side’s strug­gles through­out the cam­paign.

He said: “It was a brave ef­fort but you’ve seen ex­actly what we’ve been like across the sea­son. We just haven’t scored enough goals.

“It’s not just the strik­ers. We need to get some goals in the whole squad. Through­out the side we’ve got to look for­ward now.

“We’re go­ing to try and get the best pos­si­ble squad to­gether to bounce back and that has to be our first aim.

“It re­ally typ­i­fied us.We didn’t start well first-half but sec­ond­half we were much bet­ter and had the op­por­tu­ni­ties.We couldn’t hold the lead for long enough though.”

Middlesbrough were in charge from the off and Adam Reach and Gra­ham both missed the tar­get with early chances. Tom­lin’s first-time strike then forced a low save from Steele on 32 min­utes be­fore the Boro man was de­nied again mo­ments later af­ter beat­ing M’voto.

Barns­ley were brighter af­ter the break, tak­ing the lead against the run of play on 53 min­utes when M’voto got across his marker to vol­ley in from Tom Kennedy’s deep cor­ner.

The big de­fender went from hero to zero within a minute how­ever, giv­ing the ball away cheaply in de­fence to al­low Tom­lin to ri­fle in the equaliser from 20 yards.

Barns­ley pressed for a win­ner, Jim O’Brien shoot­ing well over on 63 min­utes, while three min­utes later fel­low sub­sti­tute Nick Proschwitz shot straight at Dimi Kon­stan­topou­los.

M’voto then headed over on 74 min­utes, while Kelvin Etuhu could only shoot weakly at Kon­stan­topou­los when in space three min­utes later.

But with Barns­ley com­mit­ted for­ward, Middlesbrough took full ad­van­tage – Gra­ham scor­ing from close-range on 90 min­utes af­ter Steele saved from Adomah.

And in stop­page time Tom­lin linked well with Adomah to score his sec­ond and en­sure Middlesbrough ended their home cam­paign in win­ning style.

Man­ager Ai­tor Karanka said: “I’m very happy be­cause we have played bet­ter but have not won the games. It was the same story as in the past – we didn’t score from our chances and a mis­take from a cor­ner means they were ahead.

“But we had a good re­ac­tion and for this I am happy. I said to the play­ers be­fore the game this was im­por­tant be­cause for me, this was not the last home match but the first game of our next cam­paign. We needed to learn from and build for the fu­ture.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

RUSH KEEPER: Middlesbrough’s Danny Gra­ham scores their sec­ond goal with de­fender Jean-Yves M’Voto pow­er­less to stop it go­ing in


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