, Apr 28, 2012
Ground: Oakwell Stadium , Kickoff: 12:30 , Att 10,151
Tykes to give Seagulls some Hassell Barnsley defender Bobby Hassell could return from the wilderness to play some part against Brighton.
The experienced defender has not played since January, but has recovered from his latest setback after recently injuring a knee in training and manager Keith Hill has hinted at a cameo role in the last game of the season.
Winger Matty Done has returned to training and is hoping to shake off the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last five matches.
Defenders Scott Golbourne (groin) and Rob Edwards (dead-leg) are unlikely to be in contention.
Hill could be tempted to include several of his young players, with defender John Stones and striker Danny Rose hoping to feature, but teenage midfielder Paul Digby is struggling with an ankle injury.
The Tykes are one place above the drop zone, but are seven points clear and were guaranteed npower Championship football next season after last week's results went their way.
Brighton will be without Gordon Greer and Ryan Harley.
Skipper Greer is being rested again due to an abdominal injury so Lewis Dunk will keep his place at centre-half.
Winger Harley is struggling with tendonitis and will also not be risked.
Striker Will Hoskins is back from his loan spell at Sheffield United early due to a hernia problem and defender Tommy Elphick remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.
Boss Gus Poyet has vowed to play his strongest team for the final-day clash so former Spain midfielder Vicente Rodriguez should play.
Barnsley vs Brighton
Last modified 14:52 28/04/12
Stalemate at Oakwell Neither Keith Hill's Barnsley nor Gus Poyet's Brighton were able to finish the season on a high in a goalless npower Championship stalemate.
Barnsley, who finished fourth from bottom, gathered enough points during the first half of the campaign to stave off relegation, but the season could not finish quick enough for Hill after a promising start.
Brighton's play-off hopes nosedived last month and they have mustered only one win in their last 10 games to finish nine points adrift of the top six, so it was little wonder neither side was able to light up Oakwell on the final day.
Barnsley had much the better of the second half after an even first period, with teenage substitute John Stones heading Jim O'Brien's stoppage-time free-kick agonisingly wide.
Jordan Clark made his full debut for Barnsley and fellow teenage striker Danny Rose made only his second start for the club, while defender Scott Golbourne returned to the side.
Brighton recalled goalkeeper David Gonzalez and midfielder Gary Dicker.
Barnsley's Jim McNulty, Jim O'Brien and Rose were all wayward with long-range shots in the opening exchanges before Brighton striker Ashley Barnes pulled his side's first effort wide from inside the penalty area in the 28th minute.
The visitors then spurned a gilt-edged chance to take a first-half lead when Barnes headed Joe Mattock's fine cross off target eight minutes before the interval.
Dicker then forced a brilliant save from David Button with a shot from the edge of the area and Mattock's 25-yard drive was comfortably held by the Barnsley goalkeeper as Brighton finished the first half with a flurry.
Strikers Craig Davies and Rose responded for Barnsley with shots from outside the area shortly after the restart.
Poyet sent on striker Gai Assulin and midfielder Alan Navarro for Will Buckley and Dicker just after the hour mark and Barnsley's 18-year-old Clark made way for Matty Done.
O'Brien lashed in a drive from out side the area that Gonzalez did well to hold and Davies' instinctive 12-yard volley flashed wide of the post as Barnsley enjoyed their best spell.
Hill sent on the third teenager in his matchday squad, 17-year-old defender Stones, for Golbourne with 15 minutes left, while another shot from O'Brien from the edge of the area was gathered by Gonzalez.
Tykes midfielder David Perkins' angled drive was inches over the crossbar and at the other end Brighton midfielder Rodriguez Vicente blazed over a rare second-half chance for the visitors.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|20||Scott Golbourne(sub 74)|
|7||Stephen Dawson(sub 54)|
|31||Jordan Clark(sub 60)|
|2||Bobby Hassell(sub 54)|
|10||Matty Done(sub 60)|
|34||John Stones(sub 74)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|18||Gary Dicker(sub 60)|
|30||Will Buckley(sub 60)|
|8||Alan Navarro(sub 60)|
|13||Gai Assulin(sub 60)|