Aston Villa 3-1 Barnsley

A Barnsley starting 11 did not include a loan player for the first time in 53 matches - over a year - the 2-0 defeat at Fulham on the 14th January 2017 was the last time.

However, incredibly, it was the first time for 191 matches in all competitions that there has been no loan player in the Barnsley matchday SQUAD! The 2-0 defeat against Crewe in Barnsley's first home game of the 2014-2015 season (12th August 2014) was the last occasion no loan player was at least included.

Scott Hogan gave Villa the lead in the fifth minute, the earliest Barnsley have conceded a goal in 12 months, since Kortney Hause netted in the fifth minute in a win for Wolves at Oakwell on the 31st January 2017.

Hogan then made it 2-0 after just seven minutes, the first time Barnsley have conceded twice in the first seven minutes of a match since November 1997!- Southampton scored twice in the first five minutes of a 4-1 win in the Premier League.

After Dimitri Cavare halved the deficit after 11 minutes, a familiar face in Conor Hourihane scored Villa's third with just 19 minutes played, the earliest that Barnsley have conceded three times since December 1997 in a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Tottenham.

It is the second time this season Barnsley have conceded three first half goals - also the 3-1 defeat at Bristol City on the opening day.

It is the first time in SEVEN league matches that a first half goal was scored in a Barnsley match, its the first time there have been as many as four first half goals since the 17th December 2016 (also 4)

Cavare scored Barnsley's first league goal before half-time in eight league outings -  it is only their second first half goal in 13 league matches.

Barnsley lost a league game at Villa Park for the first time in exactly 46 years to the weekend, the last one occurred on the 22nd January 1972, Barnsley had won two and drawn one of the three league trips they had made since.

Following Villa's 3-0 win at Oakwell in September, the Midlands side have done a league double over Barnsley for the first time since that 1971-1972 season, they won 4-0 at Oakwell that season.

When The Reds secured a memorable 3-1 success at Villa Park in February last year, it was their eighth away league win of the 2016-2017 season, since then they have won only four of 21 away Championship matches (D4 L14)

Cavare's goal came via a header from Stevie Mallan's corner, the first goal involvement for both players this season.

Despite scoring just once, Barnsley had 21 shots at goal, their most on the road since a 4-0 win at Wolves in September 2016 (26)

Adam Hammill became the 14th half time substitution Paul Heckingbottom has made this season, it is the second time Jason McCarthy has been the player withdrawn.

There were 31,869 in attendance at the match – the largest crowd Barnsley have played in front of this season.

 

Barnsley Team:

Adam Davies

Dimitri Cavare

Jason McCarthy

Ethan Pinnock 

Liam Lindsay

Andy Yiadom

Brad Potts

Stevie Mallan

George Moncur

Tom Bradshaw

Kieffer Moore 

Substitutes:

Adam Hammill (for McCarthy 45)

Mamadou Thiam (for Moore 73)

Dylan Mottley-Henry (for Potts 68)

Unused Substitutes:

Nick Townsend, Matty Pearson, Jacob Brown, Matthew Wolfe.

 

Aston Villa Team:

Sam Johnstone, Ahmed Elmohamady, James Chester, John Terry, Alan Hutton, Robert Snodgrass, Conor Hourihane, Birkir Bjarnason, Albert Adomah, Jack Grealish, Scott Hogan.

Substitutions:

Josh Onomah (for Adomah 77)

Glenn Whelan (for Hourihane 86)

Keinan Davis (for Hogan 90)

Unused Substitutes:

Mark Bunn, Neil Taylor, Tommy Elphick, Henri Lansbury.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce said:

"We did exceptionally well for an hour, then went a bit sloppy and a bit negative, and possibly thought it was going to be too easy. We had two or three unbelievable chances to make it four and didn't take them, and that gave them a bit of a lifeline.

"They had one or two chances themselves, but all in all, it was a comfortable victory and we'll move onto the next one.

"We're coming to the end of January, we're in with a shout - there or thereabouts - and there's a bit of confidence and belief coming. We looked a very decent team at times today."

 

Match Reports:

Official Website

BBC

Sky Sports

 

Sky Bet Championship results:

Friday 19th January 2018:

Derby County 0-0 Bristol City

Saturday 20th January 2018:

Aston Villa 3-1 BARNSLEY

Hogan 5,7       Cavare 11

Hourihane 19

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Ipswich Town

Madine 53                     Garner 82

Fulham 6-0 Burton Albion

Fonte 18,38

Piazon 34

Sessegnon 72,79

Kamara 88

Leeds United 3-4 Millwall

Lasogga 46,62      O'Brien 18, Gregory 42, Elliot 87, Wallace 90+2

Roofe 55

Norwich City 1-2 Sheffield United

Pinto 70                 Wilson 6, Donaldson 68

Preston North End 1-1 Birmingham City

Davies 17                       Gallagher 63

Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Middlesbrough

                                             Ayala 24, Friend 34, Traore 85

Reading 0-1 Brentford

                      Vibe 74

Sunderland 1-0 Hull City

Asoro 20

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Nottingham Forest

                                                      Dowell 40, Osborn 43

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Cardiff City

 

Barnsley lie in 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 27 points from 28 games.

We are 19 points outside the Play-Offs, 26 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 35 points off First place and 2 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 21/01/18

 

Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twenty Nine: Barnsley v Fulham, Saturday 27th January 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty: Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley: Saturday 3rd February 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm