Barnsley 0-2 Hull City: Tigers grab vital away win against Tykes
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Hull City edged closer to escaping the EFL Championship relegation zone with a 2-0 victory against Barnsley.

Goals by George Honeyman and Keane Lewis-Potter either side of halftime saw the Tigers leapfrog the Tykes in the table, standing just three points from safety.

Story of the match

Richie Smallwood had the first opportunity of the game as he volleyed Lewis-Potter’s cross over before Josh Magennis went wide with his shot. 

Greg Docherty was next to have a go, but his half-volley was blocked and the enusing delivery by Jacob Greaves headed Lewie Coyle's delivery wide.

From a short corner, Barnsley goalkeeper Brad Collins cleared George Honeyman's effort and at the other end, a free-kick by Josh Benson was headed over by Devante Cole.

Collins then had to be alert to save from Callum Elder after Coyle had gone wide. All the pressure finally paid off shortly after the half-hour mark as the Tigers opened the scoring.

The Barnsley 'keeper saved from Liam Kitching and a subsequent low cross by Magennis was nearly diverted into his own net. The rebound fell to Honeyman and he fired into the far corner.

Moments later, Di'Shon Bernard nearly doubled Hull's lead, but his looping was narrowly wide. Aaron Iseka then shot from long range for the Tykes, but he was nowhere close.

The visitors kept up the pressure in the second half as Docherty was one-on-one with Collins, the goalkeeper getting the better of their encounter. Magennis then skied the rebound over.

Nathan Baxter was called on for a rare time in the match when Callum Brittain struck his effort straight at the Hull shot-stopper.

The Tigers eventually doubled their lead as on the counter-attack Honeyman passed for Lewis-Potter and he dispatched his shot past a diving Collins.

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Ryan Longman nearly found a third, but his strike clattered the post before Collins scooped the ball up. Baxter held on to Ronal Palmer's attempt and Collins made one final save from Richie Smallwood.

Man of the match: Keane Lewis-Potter

He showed why he's one of Hull's most important players with a fabulous display, easily the best player on the pitch. Lewis-Potter linked up well with Honeyman and grabbed the Tigers' second that secured all three points.