Barnsley marched into the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in eight years with a dominating 1-0 win over Championship leaders Norwich City.
It is the first time they have reached this stage since 2012-2013 when they were eventually eliminated at the Quarter-Final stage by Manchester City.
The Reds have reached this stage by emulating that 2012-2013 side of making it to the fifth round without conceding a goal whilst they have kept back to back FA Cup clean sheets for the first since 2014-2015 when they kept three in a row (including a replay) against Burton and Chester x2.
Barnsley defeated Norwich for only the second time in 17 meetings with this particular victory ending a run of two draws and two defeats against them.
The Reds are though now unbeaten in three Oakwell meetings (W2 D1)
This was the fourth FA Cup meeting between the two sides with Barnsley progressing for the second time – also doing so in 1921-1922 when they advanced from a first round replay, winning 2-1 at Norwich following a 1-1 draw.
Barnsley are have now progressed from five of their last six fourth round ties – going on to reach the quarter finals in 1997-1998, 1998-1999, semi-finals in 2007-2008, quarter-finals in 2012-2013 and so far the fifth round in 2020-2021. Their only fourth round defeat since 1996—1997 was last season when they lost 4-2 at Portsmouth.
Barnsley have won five of their last seven FA Cup ties at Oakwell (including replays) including each of the last three. Their last Oakwell FA Cup defeat was in a third round replay against Blackpool in 2016-2017. Excluding replays they are undefeated in four FA Cup ties at Oakwell (W3 D1) since a 2-0 third round defeat to Middlesbrough in 2014-2015.
Barnsley have had back to back FA Cup ties goal-less at half time (excluding replays) in the same season for the first time since 2014-2015 (v Chester and Middlesbrough)
Barnsley have won two FA Cup ties which were goal-less at half time in the same season for the first time since 2012-2013 (v Burnley and Hull)
In all competitions the Reds are now unbeaten in their last 25 games in which they have opened the scoring, winning the last eight (W22 D3) last losing when breaking the deadlock at Cardiff in December 2019.
Barnsley have now had three successive FA Cup ties in which no players from either side have been booked.
The two ties this season are the only Barnsley games in 2020-2021 so far in which no players have been carded.
This game ended a run of 12 successive matches in which they had either scored two goals or none at all. This is the first match in which they have scored one goal since the 2-1 defeat at Blackburn on the 28th November and their first 1-0 win since defeating Watford at Oakwell on the 31st October.
Barnsley have gone 20 games without a draw (all under Ismael) (W12 L8) - prior to this they had drawn four out of five.
It is their longest run without a stalemate in all competitions since a run of 25 between 1st October 2011 25th February 2012 (W11 L14)
Barnsley have kept only two clean sheets in 15 outings, both in the FA Cup and both kept by Brad Collins.
Despite only making five appearances so far this season Collins has kept three clean sheets (all in cups, 2xFA Cup, 1x League Cup)
This was his seventh clean sheet from 27 appearances for Barnsley.
Barnsley have kept four cup clean sheets this season (2x FA Cup, 2x League Cup) with only fifth round opponents Chelsea having scored against the Reds in a cup this season – they did however score six at Stamford Bridge.
It is their most cup clean sheets in a season since keeping four in 2014-2015 (3x FA Cup including replays and 1x Football League Trophy)
If you discount the EFL Trophy and replays it is their most in a season since 1998-1999 (1x FA Cup, 3x League Cup – when they were two legged affairs)
This was only the second FA Cup tie in which Cauley Woodrow has featured for Barnsley and not scored (the other being the 1-0 third round defeat at Burnley in 2018-2019) Since arriving at Oakwell he has netted against Notts County (his first goal for the club), Southend x2, Portsmouth and Tranmere.
Toby Sibbick made his first Barnsley start for 14 months, since a 3-2 Championship defeat at Blackburn in November 2019.
Callum Styles scored the all important goal – his fifth goal for the club, Barnsley have won all five games in which Styles has netted (v Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham, Wycombe and Norwich)
Despite winning Barnsley had only 29% possession, their joint lowest in a game this season (also at Derby), Barnsley have won both games with clean sheets.
Barnsley had 10 shots on target, their most in a game since QPR at home (11)
Norwich failed to test Collins at all during the game, the third team to draw a blank at Barnsley’s goal this season (also Coventry and Watford)
A difference of ten is the widest margin of shots on target between Barnsley and their opponents since a difference of 12 at Gillingham in February 2019 (14-2)
There were 16 corners in the game, the most in a Barnsley match in 2020-2021 and most since Bristol City at home in November 2019 (also 16)
Norwich only committed four fouls during the game – only Chelsea have committed less against Barnsley this season (3)
40. Brad Collins
20. Toby Sibbick
6. Mads Andersen
30. Michal Helik
7. Callum Brittain
27. Alex Mowatt
21. Romal Palmer
4. Callum Styles
29. Victor Adeboyejo
9. Cauley Woodrow
28. Dominik Frieser
8. Herbie Kane (for Palmer 45)
11. Conor Chaplin (for Adeboyejo 57)
26. Michael Sollbauer (for Sibbick 64)
25. George Miller (for Frieser 79)
19. Patrick Schmidt (for Woodrow 79)
1 Jack Walton, 22. Clarke Oduor, 34. Jasper Moon, 44. Ali Omar.
1 Tim Krul
2. Max Aarons
5. Grant Hanley
34. Ben Gibson
19. Jacob Lungi Sørensen
7. Lukas Rupp
27. Alex Tettey
25. Onel Hernández
10. Kieran Dowell
11. Przemyslaw Placheta
9. Jordan Hugill
20. Oliver Skipp (for Tettey 63)
17. Emiliano Buendía (for Hernandez 64)
53. Tyrese Omotoye (for Hugill 65)
8. Mario Vrancic (for Rupp 77)
24. Josh Martin (for Dowell 77)
26. Bali Mumba, 44. Andrew Omobamidele, 50. Daniel Barden.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke said:
FA Cup Fourth Round results
FRIDAY 22ND JANUARY 2021
Chorley 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY 2021
Southampton 1-0 Arsenal
Gabriel og 24
BARNSLEY 1-0 Norwich City
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Blackpool
Millwall 0-3 Bristol City
Diedhiou pen 32
Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle
Pereira Camara 75
Swansea City 5-1 Nottingham Forest
Grimes pen 61
West Ham United 4-0 Doncaster Rovers
Butler og 53
Cheltenham Town 1-3 Manchester City
SUNDAY 24TH JANUARY 2021
Chelsea 3-1 Luton Town
Brentford 1-3 Leicester City
Bech Sorensen 6
Tielemans pen 51
Fulham 0-3 Burnley
Rodriguez pen 71
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool
Bruno Fernandes 78
Everton 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday
MONDAY 25TH JANUARY 2021
Wycombe Wanderers 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Sky Bet Championship results:
FRIDAY 22ND JANUARY 2021
Stoke City 1-2 Watford
Deeney pen 64
SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY 2021
Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Derby County
SUNDAY 24TH JANUARY 2021
Preston North End (11th) 0–0 Reading (5th)
Middlesbrough (7th) 0–1 Blackburn Rovers (9th)
Barnsley lie in 12th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 34 points from 25 games. We are 8 points off the Play-Offs, 12 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 19 points off First Place and 14 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 25/1/21
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twenty Six: Barnsley v Cardiff City, Wednesday 27th January 2021. Kick-Off: 7pm
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twenty Seven: Nottingham Forest v Barnsley, Saturday 30th January 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm