Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow cancelled out Josh Windass’ debut goal for Sheffield Wednesday as their South Yorkshire derby ended in a draw that helped neither side’s plight at opposite ends of the table.
Windass drilled home at Brad Collins’ near post to put the Owls ahead in his first game since a loan move from Wigan on transfer deadline day.
However, Woodrow’s 12th goal of the season quickly levelled matters as he capitalised on Owls keeper Cameron Dawson’s poor clearance to fire into an empty net from around 35 yards.
The draw keeps 23rd-placed Barnsley rooted in the Championship relegation zone while Wednesday, in 11th, are six points adrift of the play-off places.
Both sides came into the contest in poor form, Wednesday’s top-six hopes having been damaged by a run of just one win in seven games, while Barnsley had suffered three straight Championship defeats.
It was little surprise, then, that both goals came from errors – Windass pouncing on a ricochet off two Barnsley defenders to give the visitors the lead before Woodrow punished Dawson’s wayward punt downfield.
Dawson did partially make amends for that error by saving well with his feet from Jacob Brown late in a first half that the Tykes shaded.
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Wednesday created the better of the chances after the break but Alessio Da Cruz volleyed wide from a Fernando Forestieri cross and Connor Wickham, another arrival on deadline day, headed over.
Barnsley have now gone 12 meetings, dating back to 2009, without a win over Wednesday and this was the fourth successive 1-1 draw at Oakwell between the sides.