The new Potters boss claimed all three points at Oakwell.

Result: Clucas bags brace as O'Neill gets off to winning Stoke start

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New Stoke boss Michael O'Neill got off to a flyer with a 4-2 win against relegation rivals Barnsley.

A double from Sam Clucas gave the away side at Oakwell three huge points to lift them off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table, while Barnsley dropped to the bottom with only one win this term.

The opening goal came within just seven minutes as Brad Collins in the Barnsley goal passed the ball straight to Clucas, who chipped the ball over the keeper from over 35 yards out for his fourth goal this season.

Amid some boos from the home supporters, James McClean was threaded through on goal, but his left-footed shot forced Collins into a save.

The first real chance for the hosts was a long-range effort from Kenny Dougall, but his shot veered wide.

Stoke then doubled their advantage from the penalty spot. After some neat play down the left the ball fell to McClean, who was brought down by Alex Mowatt, with Lee Gregory converting by slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.

Collins was called into action once again when Joe Allen threaded the ball through to Tom Ince, whose shot was handled easily by the Barnsley keeper.

The hosts had the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman had his flag up. Cameron McGeehan was called offside just before he crossed the ball in to Cauley Woodrow.

Two minutes after the interval, Barnsley pulled a goal back. Substitute Luke Thomas played the ball through to McGeehan, who smashed it into the top right corner to give Jack Butland no chance.

The Tykes had the chance to draw level when Conor Chaplin went to ground in the area and the ball fell to Mowatt, whose shot glanced wide.

Stoke came close to increasing their lead when Gregory's shot from six yards out bounced off Collins.

The resulting corner gave Stoke their 3-1 lead. The ball bounced around the area and fell to Allen, who guided the ball into the bottom left corner.

Three minutes later, Clucas got his second goal of the game, shooting from distance once again to give Collins no chance.

Barnsley pulled a goal back, after a high through ball found substitute Patrick Schmidt, who placed the ball into the bottom corner.

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Result: Clucas bags brace as O'Neill gets off to winning Stoke start

Result: Preston cruise to Huddersfield win to remain second in Championship

Preston cruised to a dominant 3–1 win at home to Huddersfield to remain second in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Alex Neil's side have now lost just once in their last 13 league games, as goals from Jayden Stockley, Alan Browne and Paul Gallagher ended Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run.

Huddersfield struggled to live with the attacking force of the hosts for the majority of the game, as Danny Cowley's side saw their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end in wet conditions in Lancashire.

The hosts were in confident mood from kick off and Stockley handed them a deserved lead after just four minutes at Deepdale.

The former Exeter striker reacted quickest inside the six-yard box, as Gallagher's free kick came back off the post, to nod past Kamil Grabara.

Neil's side pushed on from there in search of a quick second goal, with Sean Maguire heading two chances wide and Stockley dragging close range effort off target.

However, they were not left waiting long, as Browne doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break.

The Republic of Ireland international kept his composure to fire home Tom Barkhuizen's cross from a tight angle for his first goal of the season.

Barkhuizen was then inches away from putting the game out of Huddersfield's reach just before the half-time whistle, as he headed Stockley's flick on wide of the post.

Preston picked up where they left off after the restart with Browne heading Darnell Fisher's cross just wide.

But they only had to wait five minutes into the second half to put the game to bed, as Gallagher confidently fired home from the penalty spot, following a handball by Terence Kongolo.

The Lilywhites were in no mood for slowing down, showing their confidence as Browne tested Grabara with a 25-yard drive just after the hour mark.

However, despite struggling to create anything in the Preston half in the first hour of the game, Huddersfield did muster a response in the closing stages.

Juninho Bacuna showed real power to burst through two Preston tackles in midfield and with the hosts' defence backing off, he powered an effort home from the edge of the box on 74 minutes.

Browne was then called into emergency action inside his own box to make a sliding block from Alex Pritchard, before Bacuna wasted a great chance from 15 yards, with eight minutes to go.

And with the away fans finally finding their voice as the clock ticked down towards full time, Cowley's side almost set up a tense finale.

Pritchard pounced on a loose pass from Ryan Ledson on the edge of the Preston box and fed Bacuna clean through inside the area, but Preston keeper Declan Rudd did well to keep his concentration and rush off his line to make a brave stop.

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Result: Patrick Bamford back on scoresheet as Leeds defeat Blackburn

Leeds remain firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion after a hard-earned 2-1 win at home to Blackburn.

However, their fans were again made to sweat for the points, despite having led 2-0.

Patrick Bamford ended his long goal drought to open the scoring from the spot before teeing up Jack Harrison for the second shortly after.

Despite Derrick Williams notching for Rovers, Leeds held on to remain third and stay just two points behind leaders West Brom.

Stuart Dallas registered the game's first effort although his attempt was well off target after being put in down the left flank.

Despite both sides stringing together some neat exchanges, both were also heavily guilty of giving away possession too cheaply.

Northern Ireland international Dallas then fashioned another chance on 23 minutes when he latched onto a ball and continued his central run before firing over the Blackburn crossbar.

The game sprang into life just before the half-hour when Leeds were awarded a penalty after Luke Ayling's sprint into the area was halted by Blackburn defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

Bamford stepped up to take the spot-kick and would have felt a sense of relief as he coolly slotted home to not only put the hosts in front, but also end a barren personal 10-game spell without a goal.

And it got even better for the hosts when Bamford played his part in a superb second goal just a few moments later.

The forward latched the ball out of the air, controlled it and laid it into the path of Harrison, whose stroked effort went in off a post.

The feelgood factor around Elland Road evaporated slightly just before half-time when Stewart Downing's corner was met with a planted header from Williams, who halved the deficit.

Harrison produced the first chance of the second half when he was played in down the left-hand side of the Blackburn box but could only blaze his shot over.

Harrison was in the thick of the action and saw two shots blocked by a dogged away defence just after the hour mark as Leeds upped the ante in search of a third.

A Leeds corner on 74 minutes almost saw them squeeze in another but an almighty scramble allowed Blackburn to somehow clear their lines.

Blackburn were still in the game but goalscorer Williams fired off target after good work from Bradley Dack in a rare second-half effort from them.

Leeds could have sealed the win with a classy third from a quick counter-attack but again Harrison was off target.

Given Leeds' habit of failing to kill off teams at home, the majority of the crowd were understandably cautious at such a slender advantage but the hosts just managed to hold on for another precious win.

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