Date: 20th August 2017 at 3:29pm
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Barnsley went into the Yorkshire derby having collected a confidence building victory over Nottingham Forest.

However, Sheffield United secured the bragging rights with a 1-0 win, much to Paul Heckingbottom’s disappointment.

Billy Sharp, a 30 goal man from Sheffield United’s League One championship winning season, put the Blades ahead when the forward finished from a Jack O’Connell cross – that early goal proving the winner.

Adam Davies made further saves to keep Barnsley in the game but the Reds couldn’t find a leveller with both sides reduced to 10 men before half time when Angus MacDonald clashed with Leon Clarke in an off the ball incident.

Heckingbottom was expecting more from the Reds, a performance in contrast to that shown during the midweek win.

Bemoaning the slow start he was quoted post-match by the BBC: ‘It was disappointing. Compared to the last two performances it was chalk and cheese. The players know that. We started on the back foot and it was a game too far for us.’

Adding there weren’t too many positives.

‘It was a first derby for a lot of them, the first time we played three times in a week, I need to learn about these players. There weren’t many who came out with positives today.’

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