Barnsley kept a half time clean sheet at Wembley for the first time ever. On their four previous visits to the national stadium they had conceded their first goal in the 28th, 9th, 29th and 34th minutes respectively.
Tottenham have now scored exactly one goal in each of their last five matches against Barnsley.
This was the second time Barnsley have faced Tottenham in the League Cup and they have lost both ties- back in 1986-87 they were defeated 3-2 at home and 5-3 away.
Four of the last five meetings between the sides have come in cup competitions (also FA Cup in 1997 and 1999) with Barnsley progressing only once- in the 1997 meeting, winning 3-1 in an Oakwell replay following a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham won at Wembley for only the third time in 13 matches there, and only the second time this season. They are yet to win at the national stadium in the league.
This was Barnsley’s third defeat in five trips to Wembley.
Barnsley have now won only one of 17 trips to Tottenham’s “home” ground and that came back in March 1948- they have lost 14 of the subsequent 16.
Tottenham have also now won 18 of their past 19 home League Cup ties against lower division teams and Barnsley have lost 14 of their past 16 League Cup ties against Premier League opposition- the exceptions being a 3-2 win at Bradford in 1999 and a 3-2 win over Burnley in 2009.
Dele Alli’s 65th minute goal is the longest Barnsley have held out before conceding against Premier League opposition since 2001 when Craig Bellamy scored after 79 minutes in a 1-0 League Cup win for Newcastle.
This was the third goal Alli has scored against Barnsley, he also netted in both MK Dons games against The Reds in 2014-2015 (5-3 and 2-0 wins)
There were only 23,826 in attendance for the game, Tottenham’s lowest “home” crowd since October 2014 when 21,428 saw them defeat Asteras Tripolis 5-1 in a Europa League group game.
Barnsley faced 25 shot on their goal (five of which were on target) the most they have faced since the 3-2 defeat at Wigan in April.
This is the first time Barnsley have lost successive games (all comps) this season and the first time since March (1-2 Derby, 1-2 QPR)
Referee Tim Robinson did not brandish a single card, the first card-less Barnsley match in 39 games since the 2-1 win over Norwich in December 2016.