Barnsley 0-0 Coventry City

Last updated : 27 September 2020 By Rob Miles

Barnsley put their first point on the board but remain winless and goal-less in the 2020-2021 Championship.

It is the Reds worst start to a season since 2013-2014 when they also started with successive defeats and then a home draw – they were relegated at the end of that campaign.

It is however the first time Barnsley have failed to score in any of their first three league matches since 1992-1993 when they failed to net in any of their first four.

It is the first time they have failed to net in their first two home league games since 2009-2010.

It is the first time Barnsley have gone three league games without scoring for a year, last doing so between 31st August and 21st September 2019 (v Wigan, Leeds and Nottingham Forest)

This is the season that Barnsley’s first point has come from a goal-less draw since 2011-2012.

The opening three league games this season have all been goal-less at half time whilst five of the last seven have also been 0-0 at the break.

The first three league fixtures have produced a quirky set of results with a 0-0, 1-0, 2-0. The first time this has ever happened at the start of a Barnsley league campaign.

Gerhard Struber has now made a half time substitution in five of the six matches this season (all comps) only not doing so against Luton and has now made a half time change in four successive matches.

Barnsley have managed only nine goals in their last 16 league matches and netted more than once in only two of their last 16.

This is only the second time that these two sides have drawn 0-0 against each other – with the only other occasion in January 1952.

These two sides have drawn in successive meetings for only the second time  - also doing so in 1950.

Both teams have scored in this fixture now in only one of the last four meetings.

Barnsley have won only one of the last five clashes however they are unbeaten in four Oakwell meetings and six in league combat.

Coventry enjoyed 52% possession, the first visiting team to enjoy the majority of possession at Oakwell since Blackburn in June (60%)

The opponents have enjoyed the majority of ball possession in successive league games for the first time since October 2019 (West Brom, Huddersfield)

Coventry failed to manage a single shot on target, the first opponents to draw a blank since Wigan six league games ago.


Barnsley Team:

1 Jack Walton

26. Michael Sollbauer

30. Michal Helik

6. Mads Andersen

14. Kilian Ludewig

27. Alex Mowatt

4. Callum Styles

2. Jordan Williams

16. Luke Thomas

9. Cauley Woodrow

11. Conor Chaplin


28. Dominik Frieser (for Helik 45)

23. Elliot Simoes (for Thomas 59)

19. Patrick Schmidt (for Chaplin 79)

Unused Substitutes:

40. Brad Collins, 22. Clarke Oduor, 17. Marcel Ritzmaier, 29. Victor Adeboyejo.


Coventry Team:

1 Marko Marosi

15. Dominic Hyam

5. Kyle McFadzean

2. Leo Ostigard

14. Ben Sheaf

18. Ryan Giles

38. Gustavo Hamer

23. Fankaty Dabo

11. Callum O’Hare

24. Matt Godden

8. Jamie Allen


26. Jordan Shipley (for Sheaf 69)

19. Tyler Walker (for Allen 69)

Unused Substitutes:

20. Amadou Bakayoko, 16. Josh Pask, 4. Michael Rose, 21. Sam McCallum, 31. Tom Bilson

Coventry manager Mark Robinssaid:

"Any point away from home in the Championship is a brilliant point. I don't think we played brilliantly, but I thought we let them off the hook in the first half, I thought we were better.

"They are an out-of-possession team, and out of possession they are brilliant - they are one of the best pressing teams outside the Premier League and they really come after you.

"We were a little bit on the back foot in the second half, it was a little scrappy. We got into good positions to create opportunities, and then the final ball wasn't brilliant, but I'll take it and move on."


Match Reports:

Official Website


Sky Sports


Sky Bet Championship results


Huddersfield Town (17th) 1-0 Nottingham Forest (21st)

Campbell 54



Watford(5th) 1-0 Luton Town (7th)

Joao Pedro 35

Wycombe Wanderers (23rd) 0-2 Swansea City (3rd)

                                                    Ayew 13

                                                    Lowe 23

BARNSLEY (20th) 0-0 Coventry City (12th)

Birmingham City (8th) 1-1 Rotherham United (14th)

                                         Sadlier pen 87

Bela pen 90

Cardiff City (16th) 1-2 Reading (2nd)

                                   Morrison 47

                                   Joao 66

Tomlin 81

Derby County (22nd) 0-4 Blackburn Rovers (6th)

                                        Dolan 11

                                        Johnson 12

                                        Johnson 15

                                        Armstrong 77

Millwall (9th) 1-1 Brentford (10th)

Wallace 4

                           Toney pen 21

Preston North End (19th) 0-1 Stoke City (15th)

                                               Gregory 39

Queens Park Rangers (11th) 1-1 Middlesbrough (18th)

                                                     Akpom 19

Osayi-Samuel 28



Bristol City (1st) 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday (24th)

Rowe 59

Paterson 90+3

AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Norwich City

Groeneveld 35


Barnsley lie in 20th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 1 point from 3 games. We are 5 points off the Play-Offs, 8 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 8 points off First Place and 1 point above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 27/9/20


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Four: Middlesbrough v Barnsley, Saturday 3rd October 2020. Kick-Off: 3pm.

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Five: Barnsley v Bristol City, Saturday 17th October 2020. Kick-Off: 3pm