Barnsley 1-0 Coventry City

Last updated : 15 August 2021 By Rob Miles

Brad Collins saved an injury time penalty as Barnsley remain unbeaten after their opening two games of a second tier season for the first time since the 1996-1997 promotion season however they have now won their first home league match in two of the last three campaigns (both 1-0)

Indeed each of Barnsley’s last three opening home games of a season have finished 1-0 (beating Coventry and Fulham and losing to Luton last season) 

Dominik Frieser scored the all important goal, the first home goal seen by the Oakwell faithful inside the stadium since the now departed Conor Chaplin scored in the 73rd minute against Middlesbrough on the 22nd February 2020 (another 1-0 win)

This was the first time Frieser has netted at Oakwell having previously scored three away goals (at Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday and Bournemouth in 2020-2021) and the Reds are unbeaten in all four matches Frieser has scored W3 D1

This was Markus Schopp’s first home game as manager and he is the fourth permanent Reds boss in a row to win his first home game in charge (Daniel Stendel v Fulham, Gerhard Struber v Hull and Valerien Ismael v QPR also)

Barnsley are now unbeaten in their last FORTY ONE games (all comps) in which they have opened the scoring (W36 D5)

There were two substitutions in the first half as Coventry’s Tyler Walker (17minutes) and Barnsley’s Carlton Morris (33 minutes) went off injured, the first time there has been two first half changes in a Barnsley game since October 2018 against Peterborough (27minutes for Posh, 36 minutes for Barnsley)

Barnsley were handed EIGHT yellow cards by referee John Busby, their most in a game since October 2019 when they also received eight at West Brom.

This after no bookings in their previous three league games (including playoffs) 

Goalkeeper Brad Collins was booked in both this and the West Brom encounter, he has now received four yellow cards as a Barnsley keeper.

Collins secured the points for the Reds by saving an injury time penalty, the first missed spotkick by a Barnsley opponent since February 2019 when Adam Davies saved from Portsmouth’s Omar Bogle in League One. There has been eight successive penalties scored against Barnsley since (all comps, not including shootouts)

This was Barnsley’s first win in five meetings with the Sky Blues (W1 D2 L2) and their first victory against them at Championship level since 2011.

Despite failing to win any of their last 26 away games against Coventry, The Reds are unbeaten in the five at Oakwell (W3 D2) and the last seven in the league (W5 D2) However prior to this run they had lost four in a row at Oakwell.

Barnsley have also kept clean sheets in four of the last five Oakwell clashes.

Barnsley had only 38% possession, their lowest since the final home game of the regular 2020-2021 season against Norwich (33%)

There were a total of 20 shots in the game (8-12) as there has been now in four of Barnsley’s last five matches and all three of 2021-2022.

There were only three shots on target in the game (1-2) the lowest in 13 Barnsley games since Reading at Oakwell at the start of April.

Barnsley’s total of one is their lowest in a game since Swansea away in December 2020 (also 1) and lowest at Oakwell since November 2020 against Brentford (also 1)

Barnsley also only won one corner, their lowest amount at Oakwell since October 2020 v QPR.

There were 28 fouls in the match, the most in a Barnsley game since the final regular home game of 2020-2021 v Norwich (also 28)


Barnsley Team:

40. Brad Collins

20 Toby Sibbick

30. Michal Helik

5. Liam Kitching

7. Callum Brittain

4. Callum Styles

21. Romal Palmer

3. Ben Williams

14. Carlton Morris

28. Dominik Frieser

9. Cauley Woodrow


22. Clarke Oduor (for Morris 33)

10. Josh Benson (for Palmer 63)

2. Jordan Williams (for Ben Williams 69)

Unused Substitutes:

1. Jack Walton, 24. Aapo Halme, 15. Jasper Moon, 29. Victor Adeboyejo.


Coventry Team:

1 Simon Moore

4. Michael Rose

5. Kyle McFadzean

15. Dominic Hyam

18. Ian Maatsen

14. Ben Sheaf

38. Gustavo Hamer

23. Fankaty Dabo

10. Callum O’Hare

19. Tyler Walker

17. Viktor Gyokeres


9. Martyn Waghorn (for Walker 17)

3. Jake Clarke-Salter (for Rose 77)

8. Jamie Allen (for Sheaf 77)

Unused Substitutes:

13. Ben Wilson, 29. Julien Da Costa, 26. Jordan Shipley, 7. Jodi Jones.

Coventry manager Mark Robins said:

"I thought we dominated from start to finish, conceded a really poor chance in the first half which ends up in the net.

"Apart from that, they've done nothing and I thought we were outstanding in most areas, but we have to be more clinical in that final third.

"When we've got balls in and around their penalty area, we have to find a pass in the penalty area to make something happen, and be calm in there, and we lacked that a little bit.

"I want us on the front foot and for most of that game, we were."


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Sky Bet Championship results


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                                                  Stretton 77

Burrows 90+1

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BARNSLEY (9th) 1-0 Coventry City (14th)

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Birmingham City (10th) 0-0 Stoke City (8th)

Blackpool (21st) 0-2 Cardiff City (3rd)

                                 Bacuna 52

                                 Moore 86

Huddersfield Town (22nd) 1-5 Fulham (1st)

                                                Mitrovic 9

Pearson 41

                                                Onomah 37

                                                Carvalho 42

                                                Cavaleiro 78

                                                Cavaleiro 90+5

Hull City (12th) 0-3 Queens Park Rangers (2nd)

                               Willock 16

                               Dykes 68

                               Dickie 74

Middlesbrough (7th) 2-1 Bristol City (17th)

Ikpeazu 38

                                       King 60

Crooks 70

Millwall (16th) 1-1 Blackburn Rovers (6th)

Wallace 64

                             Bereton Diaz 76

Nottingham Forest (23rd) 1-2 AFC Bournemouth (5th)

                                               Brooks 28

McKenna 48

                                                Billing 58

Reading (13th) 2-1 Preston North End (24th)

Azeez 28

                               Johnson pen 61

Swift 69

West Bromwich Albion (4th) 3-2 Luton Town (11th)

Naismith og 5

Robinson 36

Grant 66

                                                   Cornick 70

                                                   Mpanzu 90+8

Swansea City (19th) 0-0 Sheffield United (20th)


Barnsley lie in 9th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 4 points from 2 games. We are Goal Difference off the Play-Offs, Goal Difference off the Automatic Promotion Places, Goal Difference off First Place and 3 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 15/8/21


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Three: Barnsley v Luton Town, Tuesday 17th August 2021. Kick-Off: 7:45pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Four: Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley, Saturday 21st August 2021. Kick-Off: 12:30pm