Barnsley secured another excellent away win, it is their eighth on the road this season, meaning they are now only one away victory from equalling a club record at this level (9) set in the 1999-2000 season.
The Reds now have the second best away record in the Championship, having picked up 26 points from 16 matches. Only Newcastle (11 wins and 27 goals) have won more and scored more on the road than Barnsley (8 wins and 24 goals)
Indeed since the start of 2016, Barnsley have won 17 matches away from Oakwell and lost only seven and they have currently only lost two of their last 10- winning six.
Barnsley have a tremendous record in the Midlands this season, they have now beaten all three West Midlands outfits on their own patches, scoring ten goals and conceding just one (Wolves 4-0, Birmingham 3-0, Aston Villa 3-1) They are unbeaten on all Midlands pitches too having won 1-0 at Nottingham Forest and drew 0-0 at Burton. Going back to last season Barnsley are actually unbeaten in nine trips to the Midlands, winning seven (last season two wins at Walsall, plus victory at Port Vale and draw at Burton) Their last defeat in that region was 4-3 at Coventry in November 2015.
Barnsley finished Valentines’ night in their highest league position on this date since the year 2000 (9th this year, 4th then)
Barnsley picked up only their second ever victory against Aston Villa (19 meetings) Both victories have come in the last two meetings and both at Villa Park (1998 and 2017)
Adam Armstrong gave Barnsley the lead from the penalty spot at Villa Park, it was only the second penalty The Reds have been awarded this season, and the first they have scored- this despite the fact that they have conceded the most in the Championship this season.
It is the first penalty Barnsley have scored since Sam Winnall netted at Wigan on the final day of last season. Winnall missed the only other spot kick awarded since then, at home to Bristol City in October.
Both Adam Armstrong and Tom Bradshaw scored in the same game for Barnsley for the first time- The Reds’ record when either of them has been on the scoresheet reads: 8 wins (AA- Preston away, Brentford away, Rotherham away, TB- Rotherham home, Wolves away, Norwich home, Leeds home AA&TB- Villa away) 1 Draw: (TB- Birmingham home) and just the one defeat (AA- Reading home)
Bradshaw scored his first brace for the club and his first at all since September 2015 when he scored twice for Walsall against Doncaster.
He is the first player not called Sam Winnall to score a brace for Barnsley since Ashley Fletcher in the final home game of the regular season last campaign- 2-2 draw with Colchester.
Aston Villa scored just a minute after Barnsley had gone 2-0 up, there has been two goals as close together twice before this season; in October Sone Aluko equalised for Fulham a minute after Sam Winnall had put the Reds 2-1 up and in November Marley Watkins scored against Forest a minute after Henri Lansbury (who is now a Villa player) had netted for Forest.
Barnsley scored two first half goals for the first time in 2017, New Year’s Eve was the last occasion. It is also the first time they have led at half time since that day.
Barnsley have now scored 51 goals this season overall- one of only four Championship teams to have reached the 50 goal mark.
Despite signing back in June 2016, George Moncur made his first ever league start for Barnsley.
Despite having picked up just one point in 2017 this was only Aston Villa’s second home defeat of the season and both have come in their last two matches.
Aston Villa had 22 shots on goal, the joint most Barnsley have faced in a game this season (also 22 at Fulham and Cardiff)
Ryan Kent (YC)
Marley Watkins (YC)
Gethin Jones (for Elder 55)
Adam Hammill (for Bradshaw 79)
Ryan Williams (for Kent 85)
Nick Townsend, Adam Jackson, Elliott Lee, Ryan Hedges.
Sky Bet Championship results:
Tuesday 14th February 2017:
Aston Villa 1-3 Barnsley
Kodjia 44 Armstrong pen 25, Bradshaw 43, 58
Brighton 1-1 Ipswich
Hemed pen 29 Chambers 9
Derby 3-4 Cardiff
De Sart 7 Harris 41, 47, Noone 57, Ralls pen
Bent 17, 74
Fulham 3-2 Nottingham Forest
Cairney 30 Kasami 2, Brereton 47
Hobbs og 72
Leeds 2-1 Bristol City
Wood 27 Djuric 90+6
Norwich 2-2 Newcastle
Murphy 12 Perez 1, Lascelles 81
Preston 2-1 Birmingham
Robinson 8 Adams 47
Rotherham 2-3 Huddersfield
Ajayi 11 Lolley 19, Kachunga 75, Smith 90+2
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Blackburn
Sasso 18, 44 Hutchinson og 20
Wolves 0-1 Wigan
Reading 3-2 Brentford
Swift 22 Jota 63, Vibe 66
Barnsley lie in 9th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 49 points from 32 games.
We are 6 points outside the Play-Offs, 16 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 17 points off First place and 20 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 15/2/17
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty-Three: Barnsley v Brighton & Hove Albion, Saturday 18th February 2016. Kick-Off: 3pm.
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On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty-Five: Derby County v Barnsley: Saturday 4th March 2017. Kick-Off: 3pm
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