Barnsley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Last updated : 11 February 2018 By Rob Miles

It's now just one win in 17 matches for Barnsley in all competitions, dating back to the start of November (W1 D6 L10) but this point ends a three game losing run.

There were two goals in the first half of a match at Oakwell for the first time since the 9th December (5 games)

It was only the 10th first half league goal Barnsley have scored at Oakwell this season.

Oli McBurnie scored on his full Barnsley debut, it is the third time he has netted a goal on his full debut, for his parent club Swansea in the EFL Cup in August 2016 and for their Under 23 side in the Checkatrade Trophy in November 2016. He also scored a hattrick for Newport in 2015 on his debut as a substitute.

Sheffield Wednesday opened the scoring from the penalty spot, the fourth league goal Barnsley have conceded from the spot this season.

It is the eighth time the opposition have opened the scoring at Oakwell this season, - it occurred eight times in the whole of last season -  Barnsley themselves have not scored the first goal at home for nine matches, since their last home win, against Birmingham in November.

Nuhiu dispatched the penalty to give Wednesday their first league goal away from Hillsborough since Boxing Day.

Nuhiu has had a hand in six of the seven goals Wednesday have scored in all competitions under Jos Luhukay (four goals, two assists).

Barnsley remain one of four Championship sides this season to have failed to win after going behind, along with Bolton, Reading and Sunderland - However prior to this the Reds had lost seven of the last eight games in which they had conceded the first goal, the last time they did win after conceding first was 3-2 against Leeds in January 2017.

The club record without scoring more than once in a game continues and now stands at 17 successive matches.

They have won only one of their first seven games of 2018 - their worst start to a calendar year since 2014 (1 win from the first 8) and the Reds were relegated at the end of that 2013-2014 season.

Barnsley have now played 39 home league games since winning promotion back to the Championship, and won only nine. (W9 D17 L13) - they have failed to win any of the last eight, their worst run last season was nine.

It is the first time since 1920-1921 that both Barnsley/Wednesday fixtures have ended in draws, these two occasions are the only times.

It is the first time since 1955-1956 that both meetings have had the same scoreline- Sheffield Wednesday winning 3-0 home and away that season.

It is though the third successive season in which the teams have met that it has finished 1-1 at Oakwell. (2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2013-2014)

Barnsley are now winless in ten league matches against Sheffield Wednesday (D5 L5).

The Owls have only lost one of their last ten league visits to Oakwell (W3 D6), a 2-1 defeat in October 2008.

Barnsley are winless in seven Yorkshire derbies in the league (D4 L3) since beating Rotherham in January 2017.

Wednesday have drawn their last four away matches in all competitions.

Paul Harsley's first game as caretaker manager ends in a draw, the Reds two previous incumbents Paul Heckingbottom and Lee Johnson had won their first match in charge, so Harsley is the first not to claim three points since the joint caretakership of Heckingbottom and Mark Burton lost 5-1 at Crawley in February 2015.

Nick Townsend started successive game for Barnsley for the first time since a run of three between 20th October 2015 and 31st October 2015.

This was Townsend's 12th start for Barnsley, he has kept just one clean sheet and been on the winning side only three times (This is the seventh successive game between the sticks for Townsend in which Barnsley have not won)

It is the first time for eight games that Barnsley did not make all three substitutions.

Barnsley enjoyed 53% possession, their most at home in 2018.

Fulham managed seven shots on target in Barnsley's last Oakwell outing but either side of that league leaders Wolves had none and Wednesday had only one - their penalty goal.

16,858 were in attendance for the match, the highest Oakwell crowd of the season.

Following Saturday afternoon's other results Barnsley dropped into the relegation zone for the first time since the second weekend of the season.


Barnsley Team:

Nick Townsend

Andy Yiadom

Matt Mills

Liam Lindsay

Dani Pinillos

Adam Hammill

Gary Gardner

Joe Williams

Lloyd Isgrove

Tom Bradshaw

Oli McBurnie


Connor Mahoney (for Isgrove 63)

Kieffer Moore (for McBurnie 73)

Unused Substitutes:

Adam Davies, George Moncur. Stevie Mallan, Matty Pearson, Mamadou Thiam.


 Sheffield Wednesday Team:

Joe Wildsmith, Morgan Fox, Jordan Thorniley, Frederico Venancio, Liam Palmer, Adam Reach, David Jones, Joey Pelupessy, Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao, Adthe Nuhiu.


Jack Stobbs (for Thorniley 68)

Frederik Nielsen (for Jones 81)

Unused Substitutes:

Cameron Dawson, Jack Hunt, Connor Kirby, George Boyd, Jordan Rhodes.


Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay said:

"I think after 90 minutes we must live with this draw. Both teams had chances.

"We scored the first goal but we couldn't stay in front.

"We had four or five situations but we only scored from the penalty spot. Today who scores the second goal would have left as the winner.

"We have our problems today but we must make the most of it to have the stability and also to play good football."

Match Reports:

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Sky Bet Championship results:


Friday 9th February 2018:

Millwall 1-1 Cardiff City

Gregory 40    Hoilett 3


Saturday 10th February 2018:

BARNSLEY 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

McBurnie 21     Nuhiu pen 18

Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds United

Sharp 2, 73pen          Lasogga 47

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Fulham

Le Fondre 61              Targett 4

Brentford 1-1 Preston North End

Jozefzoon 62   Barkhuizen 54

Bristol City 3-3 Sunderland

Flint 5                Brownhill og 70, McGeady 81, Pack og 90+2

Diedhiou 31,37

Derby County 1-1 Norwich City

Vydra 12                 Maddison 72

Ipswich Town 0-0 Burton Albion

Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading

Traore 44, 49           Martin 78

Nottingham Forest 0-2 Hull City

                                     Toral 9, Wilson 38

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

N'Diaye 12                                 Washington 51

Costa 21


Sunday 11th February 2018:

Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham City

 Adomah 60

Hourihane 81


Barnsley lie in 22nd place in the Sky Bet Championship with 28 points from 31 games.

We are 24 points outside the Play-Offs, 31 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 43 points off First place and 1 point inside the Relegation Zone.

Up to 11/02/18


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty Two: Barnsley v Burton Albion, Tuesday 20th February 2018. Kick-Off: 7:45pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty Three: Birmingham City v Barnsley: Saturday 24th February 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm