Blackburn 0-2 Barnsley

Last updated : 08 April 2017 By Rob Miles (BarnsleyBoy)
Barnsley are now mathematically safe after victory today! They move 16 points clear of third bottom Blackburn with 15 points left to play for.

Barnsley scored a first half goal for the first time in nine games and it is only their fourth first half goal in their past 14 (come in two matches)

Three of the last seven first half goals Barnsley have scored have come against Blackburn.

Barnsley are unbeaten in the last eight matches in which they have scored a first half goal (W7 D1)

Barnsley scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of a league match for the first time in 12 years, since they defeated Scunthorpe 5-2 back in December 2005.

It is the first time in nine games that they have scored more than once in a game.

Marc Roberts third minute opener was the quickest Barnsley goal of the season.

Marley Watkins has scored three of Barnsley’s last seven goals.

Barnsley led by two clear goals at half time for the first time in 2017 and only the third time this season (4-3 win at Cardiff and 2-1 win over Norwich both in December the other two occasions)

Barnsley had gone eight league games without a win, their worst run since losing eight in a row last season- they also ended that run with an away win.

They had also won only one of their past 11 league games, which was their joint worst run in 2016-2017, which they also ended with an away win.

This was only Barnsley’s second win in 12 league matches and their first in nine but they have lost only one in five and are unbeaten in four.

This was Barnsley’s ninth away win of the season, equalling their best ever tally in the second tier, previously set in 1999-2000. In contrast they have won only six at Oakwell so far this season.

Only the divisions top two, Brighton (10), and Newcastle (13) have won more on the road than Barnsley.

Barnsley have only two home games left meaning they can only win a maximum of eight at Oakwell this season. This means they will win more away games than home games for the first time since 2003-2004 (7 home wins, 8 away wins)

This was Barnsley’s eighth clean sheet on the road this season, equalling their total from last season, it is the most away shutouts they have kept at this level since also keeping eight in 1994-1995.

Barnsley now have 56 points this season, their best tally at this level since 2010-2011 (also 56). They last accrued more than 56 points in the second tier in 1999-2000 when they finished with 82.

This was Barnsley’s second league double of the season, having also won home and away against relegated Rotherham. Both doubles have also seen them keep clean sheets in both home and away meetings.

It is Barnsley’s first league double over Blackburn since 1999-2000 and the first time ever they have kept clean sheets against them in both league meetings in a season.

They have however now scored exactly two goals in each of their last four league games against Rovers (W2 D1 L1).



Barnsley Team:

Adam Davies

Saidy Janko

Marc Roberts

Angus MacDonald

Gethin Jones

George Moncur

Matty James

Josh Scowen

Ryan Kent

Marley Watkins (YC)

Ryan Hedges


Tom Bradshaw (for Hedges 69)

Adam Armstrong (for Kent 88)

Alex Mowatt (for Moncur 90+4)

Unused Substitutes:

Nick Townsend, Adam Jackson, Jared Bird, Elliott Lee.


Match Reports:


Official Website



Sky Bet Championship results:

Friday 7th April 2017:

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Smith 74         Murray 58, Pocognoli 64

Saturday 8th April 2017:

Birmingham 1-2 Derby

Adams 68             Kuszczak og 3, Ince 90+1

Blackburn 0-2 BARNSLEY

                          Roberts 3, Watkins 10

Bristol City 3-1 Wolves

Paterson 33       Bodvarsson 78

Abraham 39pen, 49

Burton 1-1 Aston Villa

Dyer 61       Kodjia 3

Cardiff 2-1 Brentford

Morrison 47     Canos 42

Whittingham 76

Fulham 3-1 Ipswich

Ayite 17      Berra 90+1

Malone 30

Johansen 61

Leeds 3-0 Preston

Roofe 18

Hernandez 45

Doukara 90+3

Norwich 7-1 Reading

Oliveira pen 3    Kermorgant 39

Hoolahan 15, 41

Pritchard 26, 35

Martin 31

Jerome 89

Nottingham Forest 2-0 Huddersfield

Lichaj 32

Ward 57

Wigan 3-2 Rotherham

Obertan 32      Ward 29, Forde 61

Gilbey 65

Powell 90+7

Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle

Lees 59                                 Shelvey 88

Fletcher 68


Barnsley lie in 13th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 56 points from 41 games.

We are 13 points outside the Play-Offs, 28 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 30 points off First place and 16 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 08/04/17


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty-Two: Wigan Athletic v Barnsley: Thursday 13th April 2017. Kick-Off: 7:45pm


Adult: £22

Over 65: £20

Under 18: £10

Under 11: £5

Under 5: £2

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty-Three: Barnsley v Brentford, Monday 17th April 2017. Kick-Off: 3pm.


Up to 16th April 2017:

Adult: £10

Over 65: £5

Age 17-21: £5

Under 17: £5

Under 12: £5

If bought on day of game:

Category D

Adult: £23

Over 65: £16

Age 17-21: £16

Under 17: £10

Under 12: £5