Barnsley 0-0 AFC Wimbledon

Barnsley's 100% start to the League One season has come to an end but the Reds remain unbeaten from their first three matches - their best start to a season since 2003-2004.

This 0-0 result means Barnsley are still to concede in the league this season, the first time EVER that they have still been unbreached three games into a campaign!

Daniel Stendel is only the second Barnsley manager to ever secure three clean sheets in his first three league games in charge, Lee Johnson being the other. No Reds boss has ever managed four.

This was Adam Davies' 50th clean sheet for the club, broken down to 10 in 2014-2015, 16 in 2015-2016, 15 in 2016-2017, 6 in 2017-2018 and currently 3 in 2018-2019.

Davies is the seventh Barnsley goalkeeper to reach 50 clean sheets and he has achieved it in 165 appearances.

This result means that Barnsley and Wimbledon remain the only two sides in League One yet to concede a goal this season, in fact they remain the only two teams in the Football League yet to be breached.

This was Barnsley's first goal-less game in 24 outings in all competitions since Wolves at home on the 13th January, however it is Wimbledon's second in three league games in 2018-2019.

The last time Barnsley were in this division (2015-2016) they also kept clean sheets in their first two home league games.

There were no bookings shown in this game, the second time in Barnsley's first three league games that the referee has kept his cards in his pocket.

There were 11,607 in attendance at Oakwell, the second highest of the day in League One behind the 18,093 at Portsmouth and the third highest of the weekend behind Fratton Park and the 29,876 at Sunderland on Sunday.

Barnsley managed only one shot on target, their lowest since the 21st November 2017 when they managed only one in a 1-0 home defeat to Cardiff.

In total there were only four shots on target in the game, the lowest since Boxing Day 2017 against Preston (also 4) in a match which also finished 0-0.

 

Barnsley Team:

Adam Davies

Dimitri Cavare

Ethan Pinnock

Liam Lindsay

Dani Pinillos

Brad Potts

Kenny Dougall

Alex Mowatt

Mamadou Thiam

Kieffer Moore

Tom Bradshaw

Substitutes

George Moncur (for Bradshaw 65)

Jordan Williams (for Potts 75)

Victor Adeboyejo (for Thiam 83)

Unused Substitutes:

Jack Walton, Adam Jackson, Ben Williams, Cameron McGeehan.

 

AFC Wimbledon Team:

Tom King, Tennai Watson, Ben Purrington, Adedeji Oshilaja, Will Nightingale, Scott Wagstaff, Liam Trotter, Tom Soares, Kwesi Appiah, Andy Barcham, James Hanson.

Substitutions:

Joe Pigott (for Appiah 80)

Toby Sibbick (for Watson 83)

Unused Substitutes:

Joe McDonnell, Tyler Garrett, Rod McDonald, Mitch Pinnock, Anthony Wordsworth.

Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley said:

“You can’t get carried away,”

“I think that all our fans ever ask for is that the boys give everything for the shirt. I think thats been the case so far this season. The move for Kwesi Appiah’s goal that was given offside was a breathtaking move. You have to understand that the team we played against there are a borderline Championship quality team and we’ve had to battle for every scrap we got today and we did that.

“I did video footage for this game because Barnsley have been awesome in their first two games. They’ve been the best team in the league and they’ve blitzed the teams they’ve played against. We knew we were going to have to ride the storms at some point during the game and away from home you have to be solid.

“I thought we were under pressure in the first half, they cause you problems, they ask you questions, they stretch you and when you win the ball back you're out of shape, it’s very hard to get your game going. We found that in the first half and we were getting a little frustrated, so we came in at half time and steadied the ship a bit and talked about what we were going to do in the second half. We then carried so much more threat and we had some great chances.

“I’ve looked at the footage of Kwesi Appiah and he’s dead in line with their player, you can tell by the markings on the pitch and he’s given offside. I’ve also looked at Kwesi’s penalty shout. All in all we’re delighted with a point and delighted with another clean sheet though. I thought the two centre-forwards worked their socks off up front for us before Joe Pigott came on and we stood firm at the back. That’s a team effort. I think they’ll be automatic promotion candidates, if not winning the league at the end of the season.”

 

Match Reports:

Official Website

BBC

Sky Sports

 

SkyBet League One results:

Saturday 18th August 2018:

(13th) Accrington Stanley 1-1 Charlton Athletic (11th)

                                                    Ahearne-Grant 15

Clark 78

(3rd) BARNSLEY 0-0 AFC Wimbledon (8th)

(17th) Burton Albion 1-0 Doncaster Rovers (6th)

Boyce 47

(12th) Coventry City 1-0 Plymouth Argyle (20th)

Bakayoko pen 43

(10th) Fleetwood Town 2-2 Rochdale (14th)

McNulty og 29

                                                Henderson pen 50

Evans 56

                                                Henderson 90+5

(1st) Peterborough United 3-1 Luton Town (22nd)

Cummings pen 17

Dembele 19

Cummings 36

                                                      Hylton 78

(2nd) Portsmouth 4-1 Oxford United (24th)

Evans 48

Dickie og 56

Lowe 65

                                       Whatmough og 89

Lowe 90+2

(21st) Shrewsbury Town 0-0 Blackpool (19th)

(9th) Southend United 2-0 Bradford City (18th)

Hooper 52

Cox 56

(5th) Walsall 2-1 Gillingham (7th)

Ferrier 12

Osbourne 42

                              Eaves 90+3

(23rd) Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Bristol Rovers (16th)

                                                       Clarke 4

                                                       Craig 20

Kashket 82

  

Sunday 19th August 2018:

(4th) Sunderland 3-0 Scunthorpe United (15th)

Power 22

Maja 25

Maguire 42

 

Barnsley lie in 3rd place in Sky Bet League One with 7 points from 3 games.

We are 1 point inside the Play-Offs, 2 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 2 points off First place and 6 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 19/08/18

 

Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Four: Rochdale v Barnsley, Tuesday 21st August 2018. Kick-Off: 7:45pm

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Six: Barnsley v Gillingham, Saturday 1st September 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm