Barnsley 0-0 Wigan Athletic

Last updated : 20 July 2020 By Rob Miles

Barnsley remain at the foot of the table with just three games remaining after a frustrating draw at home to Wigan, meaning they have drawn back to back games for the third time this season – the most in a season since 2016-2017.

It is the lowest Barnsley have been in a league table at this stage of a season since they were bottom with three games to play of the 1964-1965 Third Division campaign. They would go on to draw one and lose two of their final three games and finished in last place.

This was the 15th Barnsley league match to be goal-less at half time this season and fourth to stay that way.

Both meetings with Wigan this season have ended goal-less, the first time Barnsley have drawn 0-0 in both league meetings with a side in the same season since 2005-2006 against Bradford.

Three of the last four Barnsley/Wigan matches have now ended goal-less with a 3-2 win for the Latics in April 2017 in between.

Callum Styles started a Barnsley league game for only the second time – also the 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham – with this game against Wigan the first time he has completed 90 minutes for the Reds.

Wigan’s Daniel Fox was shown a straight red card after 71 minutes – meaning there has been a red card in successive games at Oakwell for the first time since December 2018/January 2019 when Chris Solly was sent off for Charlton and then Adam Chicksen was dismissed for Bradford.

There has also been a red card in both Barnsley/Wigan meetings this season (Ben Williams was red carded for the Reds at the DW) the first time a red card has been shown in both league meetings of a season since 2016-2017 against Birmingham.

There have been five red cards shown in the last 10 meetings between Barnsley and Wigan.

One positive for the Reds was a third successive home Championship clean sheet – 1 more than they had managed in their previous 19 home Championship games (2). It is the first time they have had three successive Oakwell shut-outs at this level since the final home game of 2011-2012 and the opening two home matches of 2012-2013 (Brighton 0-0, Middlesbrough 1-0, Bristol City 1-0)

It is the first time they have kept three successive second tier home clean sheets in the same season since 2010-2011 (Portsmouth 1-0, Watford 0-0, Sheffield United 1-0)

Barnsley have drawn a blank themselves in five of their past eight matches and have failed to score more than once in a game for 10 matches in a row (since a 3-0 win at Fulham) it is their longest such run since a run of 17 between 18th November 2017 and 24th February 2018.

Since football resumed post lockdown clubs have been able to make up to five substitutions, this is the first time Gerhard Struber has only made the previous allowed three.

Barnsley remain winless against Wigan in league competition at Oakwell (D3 L3) Indeed they have beaten the Latics only once ever in a league game (W1 D5 L6) the famous 4-1 at the DW in May 2016 which secured the Reds a place in the League One play-offs.

0-0  is the most common score-line between the two sides, now occurring on four occasions (from 16 contests)

Wigan failed to muster a single shot on target in this game, the second opponent Barnsley have managed to stop this season from testing their goalkeeper after Middlesbrough at Oakwell in February.


Barnsley Team:

13. Jack Walton

14. Kilian Ludewig

18. Michael Sollbauer

6. Mads Andersen

2. Jordan Williams

17. Marcel Ritzmaier

27. Alex Mowatt

28. Elliot Simoes

20. Callum Styles

7. Jacob Brown

9. Cauley Woodrow


11. Conor Chaplin (for Woodrow 61)

19. Patrick Schmidt (for Ludewig 82)

24. Aapo Halme (for Ritzmaier 87)

Unused Substitutes:

3. Ben Williams, 40. Brad Collins, 22. Clarke Odour, 16. Luke Thomas, 33. Matty Wolfe,  10. Mike Bahre.


Wigan Team:

David Marshall

3 Antonee Robinson

6. Daniel Fox

21. Cedric Kipre

2. Nathan Byrne

5. Sam Morsy

20. Joe Williams

9. Jamal Lowe

30. Kieran Dowell

33. Kal Naismith

19. Kieffer Moore


38. Joe Gelhardt (for Dowell 74)

11. Gavin Massey (for Lowe 75)

12. Tom Pearce (for Robinson 87)

Unused Substitutes:

18. Gary Roberts, 23. Jamie Jones, 27. Jan Mlakar, 8. Lee Evans, 4. Lewis Macleod, 25. Mihai- Alexandru Dobre.

Wigan assistant manager Leam Richardson said:

"Any points in this league, certainly away from home, are gold. In the current situation it's another positive, another clean sheet and a solid performance, we're moving forward in the direction that we want.

"There's solid performances individually and collectively, so is it deflating? Far from it. We're realistic with the situation other people are facing. We're professional football people. We're trying our best on the football pitch."


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Sky Bet Championship results

Huddersfield Town (20th) 0-2 Luton Town (23rd)

                                              Bradley 49

                                              Lee 71

Fulham (4th) 2-0 Cardiff City (6th)

Mitrovic pen 35

Onomah 66



Charlton Athletic (21st) 0-1 Reading (13th)

                                           Puscas pen 3

Derby County (10th) 1-3 Brentford (3rd)

                                       Watkins 3

Knight 29

                                       Benrahma 49

                                       Benrahma 64

BARNSLEY (24th) 0-0 Wigan Athletic (15th)

Blackburn Rovers (12th) 1-1 West Bromwich Albion (2nd)

                                              Krovinovic 41

Rothwell 63

Hull City (22nd) 0-1 Millwall (9th)

                                Leonard 2

Middlesbrough (19th) 1-3 Bristol City (11th)

                                         Wells 6

                                         Paterson 42

                                        Wells 79

Assombalonga 82

Preston North End (8th) 1-1 Nottingham Forest (5th)

                                             Grabban pen 5

Stockley 15

Queens Park Rangers (16th) 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday (14th)

                                                     Iorfa 5

                                                    Windass 45+2

                                                    Murphy 78



Swansea City (7th) 0-1 Leeds United (1st)

                                     Hernandez 89

Stoke City (17th) 2-0 Birmingham City (18th)

Batth 12

Clucas 45


Barnsley lie in 24th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 43 points from 43 games. We are 21 points outside the Play-Offs, 38 points outside the Automatic Promotion Places, 41 points outside First Place and 3 points inside the Relegation Zone.

Up to 12/7/20


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty Four: Leeds United v Barnsley, Thursday 16th July 2020. Kick-Off: 5pm

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty Five: Barnsley v Nottingham Forest, Sunday 19th July 2020. Kick-Off: 3pm