2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship

Barnsley 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leaders Wolves had to settle for a Sky Bet Championship point as they were held to a 0-0 draw by struggling Barnsley.
Helder Costa and Diogo Jota had goals ruled out for offside in each half, whilst the latter also missed a glorious chance late on which would have seen the visitors snatch all three points.
Barnsley were able to hold on for a point though, as they continued a run of unbeaten matches which now stretches to four in the league.
Romain Saiss carved out the game's first opportunity in the opening 10 minutes, seeing a shot blocked then firing the loose ball high and wide of the target.
Much of the first half was dominated by the visitors and they could have gone into the break a goal to the good if it was not for the assistant referee's offside flag. Costa was able to take the ball down brilliantly inside the area before smashing home - only for the goal to be ruled out.
Leo Bonatini was restricted to an effort from outside the box for Wolves which he pulled wide, with Barnsley's only notable attempt in the first half a tame shot from Adam Hammill.
As the half drew to a close, Ruben Neves tried his luck - an effort which yet again came from range for Wolves - but his dipping effort went harmlessly over Adam Davies' bar.
The opening exchanges of the second half were not much different before had a second goal disallowed just before the hour mark.
Saiss' ball to the back post found Costa, who was able to slide the ball across to Jota to tap the ball home. However Costa was adjudged to have been in an offside position and the goal did not stand.
Minutes later, Stevie Mallan went close for Barnsley - he found space outside the box but his shot was an easy save for John Ruddy.
Wolves' best chances came in the final 20 minutes. Matt Doherty made a surging run forward but saw his shot blocked brilliantly by Andy Yiadom, before Jota rattled the bar with a thumping attempt at goal shortly after.
Before that the hosts had a good chance of their own. Ethan Pinnock's flick-on found Hammill but his volley went past the post.
The final 10 minutes saw big chances go begging for both sides. Jota first spurned a wonderful chance from a matter of yards out, firing over the bar, before George Moncur's shot went wide for the hosts as the game fizzled out into a goalless draw.

English League Championship Standings

1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 +30 62
2 Derby County 27 +21 52
3 Cardiff City 27 +15 50
4 Aston Villa 27 +15 47
5 Bristol City 27 +8 47
6 Sheffield United 27 +9 43
7 Leeds United 27 +8 43
8 Fulham 27 +6 42
9 Middlesbrough 27 +8 41
10 Preston North End 27 +4 41
11 Brentford 27 +6 40
12 Ipswich Town 27 +1 39
13 Norwich City 27 -4 37
14 Queens Park Rangers 27 -6 33
15 Nottingham Forest 27 -10 32
16 Millwall 27 -1 31
17 Sheffield Wednesday 27 -4 31
18 Reading 27 -5 29
19 Barnsley 27 -10 27
20 Hull City 27 -5 25
21 Bolton Wanderers 27 -20 25
22 Burton Albion 27 -25 24
23 Birmingham City 27 -23 23
24 Sunderland 27 -18 22

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