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).
Marley Watkins (YC)
Tom Bradshaw (for Hedges 69)
Adam Armstrong (for Kent 88)
Alex Mowatt (for Moncur 90+4)
Nick Townsend, Adam Jackson, Jared Bird, Elliott Lee.
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
Fulham 3-1 Ipswich
Ayite 17 Berra 90+1
Leeds 3-0 Preston
Norwich 7-1 Reading
Oliveira pen 3 Kermorgant 39
Hoolahan 15, 41
Pritchard 26, 35
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Huddersfield
Wigan 3-2 Rotherham
Obertan 32 Ward 29, Forde 61
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle
Lees 59 Shelvey 88
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
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty-Two: Wigan Athletic v Barnsley: Thursday 13th April 2017. Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Over 65: £20
Under 18: £10
Under 11: £5
Under 5: £2
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty-Three: Barnsley v Brentford, Monday 17th April 2017. Kick-Off: 3pm.
Up to 16th April 2017:
Over 65: £5
Age 17-21: £5
Under 17: £5
Under 12: £5
If bought on day of game:
Over 65: £16
Age 17-21: £16
Under 17: £10
Under 12: £5