Barnsley 1-1 Swansea City

Last updated : 20 October 2019 By Rob MIles

Barnsley's winless run in all competitions stretched to 12 matches however they gained an encouraging draw against promotion chasing Swansea, in the first league meeting between the clubs for eight years.

This was the Reds' third home draw this season - the joint most in the division and they have won only once at Oakwell, the joint least in the division.

It is the first time Barnsley have won only one of their first seven home league matches since 2006-2007 when it took until their eighth Oakwell outing to gain a second victory.

Adam Murray is the second successive Barnsley caretaker to draw his first match in charge, 1-1 at home. Paul Harsley had the same result against Sheffield Wednesday in 2017-2018.

This was the 11th game out of 13 this season (all comps) that Barnsley have failed to score more than once and their league total of nine goals is the lowest in the Championship.

It is their lowest goals tally after 12 matches of a season since the Premier League campaign of 1997-1998 when they had also netted nine goals from 12. It is their lowest at this stage of a Football League season since 1994-1995 (also 9 from 12) They would however finish that season with 63 goals and finished in sixth place.

Swansea's goal was the 23rd Barnsley have conceded in their 12 league games, the most in the Championship this season so far.

This was the first time this season Barnsley have not lost a match in which they have conceded the first goal, and the first time since the final home game of last season when they came back to defeat Blackpool 2-1.

It is the first time they have rescued a game from conceding the first goal at this level since February 2018 (1-1 v Sheffield Wednesday), meaning the last two occasions it has occurred in the Championship it has been in the first game in charge for a caretaker manager.

Alex Mowatt grabbed the equaliser within three minutes of Swansea opening the scoring, the quickest Barnsley have levelled after falling behind since the aforementioned Wednesday game (18 and 21)

The result however did send Barnsley to the bottom of the league, the first time they have propped up a division since the 24th November 2015 when they were bottom of League One following a 1-1 home draw with Sheffield United.

Barnsley are now winless in 13 games against Swansea City in all competitions (D6 L7) and have not defeated them since November 1983 (not including a penalty shootout victory)

Barnsley have now won five of their last 43 Championship matches (D14 L24)

Andre Ayew scored Swansea's goal, his sixth goal involvement in eight Championship starts (3 goals, 3 assists).

Barnsley have gone six games without a clean sheet for the first time since August/September/October 2018.

Since beating Fulham on the opening weekend, Barnsley are now winless in their past 11 Championship games (D4 L7) - their worst league run since October - December 2012 (also 11 - D4 L7).

They have won only one of their first 13 games in all competitions for the first time since 2013-2014 when they also won only one of the first 13.

This is the first time Barnsley have won their first league game of the season but then failed to win any of the next 11 since 1971-1972 when after opening a Division Three campaign with a 4-2 win over Walsall they failed to win any of their next 13 league matches - they were relegated at the end of that campaign.

Barnsley had 19 shots in total, their most in a game this season.

There were only 13 fouls in the match, the lowest in a Barnsley game this season.

Aapo Halme's yellow card was the 15th time a Barnsley defender has been booked this season (out of 29 Barnsley bookings) - three of those have been for Halme.

Adam Murray was forced to make two defensive changes - the second successive home game that Barnsley have changed two defenders during a match - it is the fourth time this season at least two defensive substitutions have been made (3 were made v Luton)

Barnsley Team:
40. Bradley Collins
5. Bambo Diaby
24. Aapo Halme 
21. Toby Sibbick
12. Dimitri Cavare
27. Alex Mowatt (C)
4. Kenny Dougall
7. Jacob Brown
8. Cameron McGeehan
9. Cauley Woodrow
11. Conor Chaplin
28. Elliot Simoes (for McGeehan 79)
3. Ben Williams (for Cavare 84)
6. Mads Andersen (for Diaby 90+1)
Unused Substitutes:
10. Mike Bahre, 13. Jack Walton, 16. Luke Thomas, 22. Clark Oduor.

Swansea Team
27. Freddie Woodman
26. Kyle Naughton
5. Mike van der Hoorn
4. Joe Rodon
24. Jake Bidwell
14. Tom Carroll
8. Matt Grimes (C)
22. Andre Ayew
27. George Byers 
10. Bersant Celina
19. Sam Surridge
20. Ben Wilmot (for Rodon 69)
9. Borja Gonzalez (for Surridge 77)
41. Jordan Garrick (for Byers 84)
Unused Substitutes:
1. Kristoffer Nordfeldt, 11. Kristoffer Peterson, 15. Wayne Routledge, 23. Connor Roberts.

Swansea manager Steve Cooper said:
"I think having got through the first hour and then taken control of the game, to go 1-0 up and then concede as we did, we are obviously going to be quite frustrated at that.

"A point from home is never the worse thing in the world... but we should have gone on and won the game.

"We could have started the game better, but we played good football in the second half. We are disappointed to only score one goal.

"Andre Ayew has got three goals in as many games and that is good for us. We are really happy with him."

Match Reports:
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Sky Sports

Sky Bet Championship results:

Cardiff City (11th) 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (8th)
                                   Borner 19
Tomlin 87

Blackburn Rovers (14th) 2-2 Huddersfield Town (22nd)
                                              Grant pen 13
Holtby 20
Dack 33
                                              Bacuna 63
BARNSLEY (24th) 1-1 Swansea City (3rd)
                                     Ayew 67
Mowatt 70
Brentford (13th) 3-2 Millwall (17th)
                                Bradshaw 45+4
                                Wallace pen 55
Dasilva 84
Mbeumo 88
Watkins 90+4
Charlton Athletic (7th) 3-0 Derby County (15th)
Bonne 6
Sarr 48
Gallagher 67
Hull City (19th) 2-3 Queens Park Rangers (5th)
Bowen 29
                                Manning 44
                                Eze pen 78
                                Eze pen 88
Magennis 90+6
Leeds United (2nd) 1-0 Birmingham City (12th)
Phillips 65
Luton Town (16th) 3-0 Bristol City (9th)
Mpanzu 56
Cornick 62
Williams og 90+5
Middlesbrough (21st) 0-1 West Bromwich Albion (1st)
                                         Robson-Kanu 82
Reading (20th) 1-0 Preston North End (6th)
Miazga 90+8
Stoke City (23rd) 2-0 Fulham (10th)
Campbell 16
Gregory pen 80

Wigan Athletic (18th) 1-0 Nottingham Forest (4th)
Lowe 35

Barnsley lie in 24th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 7 points from 12 games. We are 14 points outside the Play-Offs, 16 points outside the Automatic Promotion Places, 18 points outside First Place and 3 points inside the Relegation Zone.

Up to 20/10/19

Next Up:

On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirteen: West Bromwich Albion v Barnsley, Tuesday 22nd October 2019. Kick-Off: 8pm

At Oakwell:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Fifthteen: Barnsley v Bristol City, Friday 1st November 2019. Kick-Off: 7:45pm