BARNSLEY and Charlton opted to play the long ball despite the blustery conditions at Oakwell - which ended in a goalless draw.

The best effort in the first half came inside the first five minutes when Andranik Teymourian had a chance to test Rob Elliot in the Charlton goal, but blazed well wide of the left-hand post.

Barnsley boss Simon Davey stuck with the same side that ended their Hillsborough hoodoo in midweek.

Darren Moore and Jamal Campbell-Ryce played their final games before serving one-match bans, while the Tykes boss opted not to rest Teymourian who was substituted in midweek due to fatigue.

Bottom-club Charlton were without Deon Burton, who served a one-match ban, while Tom Soares, who recently extended his loan stay, led the line with Tresor Kandol as expected.

Fresh from their first victory at Sheffield Wednesday since 1979 the home side made a positive start with Coventry loanee Michael Mifsud looking lively.

Defender Marciano van Homoet fizzed the ball across the face of goal early on but none of the advancing Barnsley attackers could get the decisive touch.

The ball eventually fell to Teymourian but he failed to find the target from the left-hand side of the area and never troubled Addicks stopper Elliot with his follow-up effort.

Minutes later Mifsud went on a mazy run and jinked past Charlton defender Mark Hudson. He drove the ball into the box but it again lacked a final touch.

Daniel Bogdanovic and Mifsud both had further efforts blocked as the hosts went on the offensive.

But despite their dominance, they were unable to carve out any clear-cut chances much to the frustration on the home crowd.

The visitors were not without chances of their own and Tykes goalkeeper Heinz Muller did well to hold a looping header from Hudson just before the break.

Sheffield Star, 21 February 2009
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