MINI MATCH REPORT

Wolverhampton Wanderers are 10 points clear at the top of the Championship after a frustrating draw at Barnsley.

Wolves had two goals disallowed and struck the woodwork during the 0-0 stalemate at Oakwell.

It was a slight setback for Nuno Espirito Santo's men and the 4,000 fans who travelled to Yorkshire, but they are still the runaway leaders in the second tier, even though second-placed Derby closed the gap slightly with a 3-0 victory at Birmingham City.

Their unbeaten run in all competitions has now stretched to 14 games.

Helder Costa and Diogo Jota had 'goals' ruled out for offside, while Jota rattled the crossbar from outside the box as Wolves went in search of victory.

Barnsley, who are three points clear of the relegation zone, rarely threatened, and when they did found no way past John Ruddy.

WHAT THE BOSS SAID

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "We're disappointed at not celebrating with our friends.

"Winning is the way we wanted to thank them for the long ride that they had to come here and support us.

"The fans are fantastic. I think we have to be proud of ourselves knowing that the fans are here behind the team.

"So far away, a cold day and supporting and always behind the team.

"The boys felt it, I think, in the last 10 minutes of the game. The fans pushed it because they wanted the same that we wanted and that's to go to the last minute in every game trying to win."

HOW THE WOLVES FANS REACTED

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Martin Duffy: Nuno is destined for bigger things. Hope Wolves can keep him but l fear he will be snapped up by a top European club. Wolves board take note,give him the money for top players to sign.

Chris Kyte: Great to hear a manager giving credit to the fans, yeah we didn't win but it certainly wasn't for the lack of trying.

Andy Bailey: Think we are a little over confident that the goals will come. We need to start with a high tempo and stick with it and not just hope teams run out of gas. If we lead quickly then teams will collapse.

Michael Reynolds: Not in the least bit surprised. ...Barnsley are always a tough game. Good point....bet Nuno will have words though!

Adrian Twista: Was always gonna be tough game & I was worried might lose this 1 so happy with a point. Every time we have an off game we go on a winning streak, so not worried. Should still have enough in the bag to march on to promotion. Just lacked finishing & composure. Roll on next game .

OPPOSITION VIEW

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom: "It's a good point. I enjoyed it. It was high-intensity, competitive and good football.

"Both teams were good at defending, organisation and discipline.

"It's difficult. We saw when we played Wolves away how good they are defensively.

"They are the best team defensively in the league and from set plays.

"We still struggle to create chances against them because they are a good side. "If they get in front they're a different team. Neither team did enough to win it."

ANALYSIS

Even the Barcelona of the Championship have their off days.

Wolves have set their standards so high that it comes as a surprise when they fail to find the net and miss out on three points.

This was one such occasion and while the travelling old gold and black army, left Oakwell frustrated, they also shared their manager's sense of perspective.

You can't win them all. The rousing applause the Tykes supporters gave Paul Heckingbottom's team for keeping Wolves at bay said it all.

The thing about this Wolves team is that they take minor setbacks in their stride and tend to waste little time getting back to winning ways.

Which is ominous for Swansea in the cup on Wednesday and the next Championship visitors to Molineux, Nottingham Forest.

NEXT OPPONENTS

Fixture: Swansea City v Wolves, FA Cup, Liberty Stadium, 7.45pm Wednesday, January 17.

Swansea City and Wolves could well be swapping places if their current trajectories continue.

The Swans are propping up the Premier League table and are four points adrift of safety after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

They took the lead through Jordan Ayew, but were soon pegged back by Joselu.

Wolves had the better of the initial FA Cup third round tie which finished 0-0, and will fancy their chances of completing the job against Carlos Carvalhal's team in the midweek replay in South Wales.