Barnsley 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Last updated : 28 October 2018 By Rob Miles

Barnsley got back to winning ways following back to back away defeats as they started a run of FIVE successive home matches in all competitions by extending their unbeaten home record to seven matches, their best home start since 2003-2004 (11 games)

In total they are unbeaten in their last 11 home games stretching back to March, their best run since 2007 when they were undefeated in 12 at Oakwell between August and December.

They have also opened the scoring in six of those seven matches and are yet to fall behind at Oakwell this season.

It's now just two defeats in the last 19 home games in League One (W12 D5)

Barnsley are unbeaten in 16 league matches when they have opened the scoring, since losing 3-1 to Fulham in January.

Alex Mowatt grabbed the all important goal after 11 minutes, his second this month.

The Reds have now scored six league goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.

This was the first meeting between Barnsley and Bristol Rovers in 19 years, but the first league meeting since 1993. The Reds have won four of the last five Oakwell clashes including each of the last three.

They have also won each of the last four home and away.

Barnsley kept a clean sheet for only the second time in 12 outings (all comps) - this was the first home clean sheet in five and the first since keeping shut outs in their opening two home games.

Bristol Rovers have now failed to score in eight of their last 10 league games (W2 D4 L4)

Barnsley have led at half time in eight of their 15 league games this season and have gone on to win all eight - they are yet to win when not leading at the break.

There were no second half goals in a Barnsley game for only the third time this season - also against Wimbledon and at home to Plymouth.

It is the first time Barnsley have won this season when only scoring one goal (D: 2 L: 1)

Adam Davies collected his fifth booking for Barnsley in his career, he is the second Reds keeper to be yellow carded this season after Jack Walton at Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.

It is the first league yellow card for a Barnsley goalkeeper since Davies was booked at Sunderland on New Year's Day.

Both Barnsley and Bristol Rovers had 50% ball possession, only the second time this season that Barnsley have failed to have more ball possession than their opponent, at Bradford (49%) 

There were only four shots on target in the game (3 for Barnsley, 1 for Bristol), the joint lowest in a Barnsley game this season (also v Wimbledon)

Rovers one shot on target is the lowest by an opponent at Oakwell this season and since Sheffield Wednesday in February (also 1)


Barnsley Team:

1. Adam Davies

12. Dimitri Cavare

6. Liam Lindsay

5. Ethan Pinnock

23. Dani Pinillos

8. Cameron McGeehan

27. Alex Mowatt 

20. Brad Potts

21. Mike Bahre

10. George Moncur 

19. Kieffer Moore


26. Mamadou Thiam (for Moncur 66)

33. Jacob Brown (for Moore 75)

7. Ryan Hedges (for Bahre 84)

Unused Substitutes:

40. Henry Kendrick

14. Jared Bird

18. Adam Jackson

28. Ben Williams


Bristol Rovers Team:

13. Jack Bonham, 4. Tom Lockyer, 5. Tony Craig, 15. James Clarke, 2. Daniel Leadbitter, 14. Chris Lines, 8. Ollie Clarke, 7. Liam Sercombe, 28. Michael Kelly, 9. Stefan Payne, 20. Gavin Reilly.


23. Kyle Bennett (for Leadbitter 64)

33. Alex Rodman (for Clarke 64)

26. Sam Matthews (for Reilly 65)

Unused Substitutes:

6. Edward Upson, 17. Alex Jakubiak, 21. Adam Smith, 22. Joe Partington.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke said:

"I don't want to use the word unfortunate but it's the story of the season really, not being ruthless enough in the final third.

"Certainly that first 45 minutes when we were on the frontfoot, you have to take your opportunities in key moments of the game and we're not doing that. Thats why we're struggling."


Match Reports:

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SkyBet League One results:

Saturday 27th October 2018:

(6th) Accrington Stanley 1-1 Portsmouth (1st)                                                                                                  Hawkins 62

Ihiekwe 64

(23rd) AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Luton Town (5th)

                                              Mpanzu 61

                                              Lee 80

(4th) BARNSLEY 1-0 Bristol Rovers (20th)

Mowatt 11

(16th) Burton Albion 1-2 Peterborough United (2nd)

                                          Ward 29

                                          Dembele 58

Allen 60

(7th) Coventry City 2-1 Doncaster Rovers (8th)

Hiwula-Mayifuila 21

Thomas 41

                                        Wright 69

(10th) Fleetwood Town 3-2 Blackpool (12th)

Burns 4

Wallace 11

                                              Thompson 34

Madden 57

                                              Delfouneso 59

(18th) Gillingham 4-0 Bradford City (24th)

Charles-Cook 48

Eaves 65

List 69

Eaves 90+1

(21st) Oxford United 3-0 Shrewsbury Town (19th)

Ruffels 3

Whyte 14

Browne 86

(14th) Rochdale 1-0 Charlton Athletic (13th)

Henderson 4

(17th) Scunthorpe United 1-4 Plymouth Argyle (22nd)

                                                  Ladapo 13

                                                  Canavan 45+1

Novak 49

                                                  Grant 57   

                                                        Sarcevic 90+4

(3rd) Sunderland 3-0 Southend United (11th)

Honeyman 29

Maguire 53

McGeady 80

(9th) Walsall 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers (15th)

Cook 36

Osbourne 52

                             Leahy og 80

Gape og 84

                                 Samuel 90+3


Barnsley lie in 4th place in Sky Bet League One with 28 points from 15 games.

We are 1 point inside the Play-Offs, 5 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 7 points off First place and 14 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 28/10/18


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Sixteen: Barnsley v Southend United, Saturday 3rd November 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Seventeen: Accrington Stanley v Barnsley, Saturday 17th November 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm