A second South Yorkshire derby in the space of the week saw out of form Rovers travel to Oakwell to face in-form Barnsley.
Barnsley started the brighter with Adam Hammill causing all sorts of trouble down Rovers’ right, and his shot was tipped round the post by Thorsten Stuckmann. The returning Rovers keeper was on hand again to make a smart save from point blank range to deny Alfie Mawson a goal from a corner.
Rovers though had the best chance of the half. Excellent work down the left by the impressive Cedric Evina saw him weave his way through two Barnsley defenders in to the box before cutting it back for Paul Keegan on the edge of the box. However, the midfielder’s low left-footed drive went agonisingly wide.
Rovers began the second-half well, shaking the home defence with a decent 15 minute spell that saw an in-space Mitchell Lund come closest to a goal, but his powerful strike was straight at Adam Davies.
After that it was all Barnsley; Conor Hourihane and Sam Winnall both pestered the Rovers goal, and it was Hourihane who had a major say in the game’s deciding goal. His strike from 20 yards parried straight in to the path of the advancing Ashley Fletcher, who poked home to hand Barnsley the three points.
An improvement on last week, but these are trying times to be a Rovers fan and with a few challenging games still to come, a win soon is desperately needed.