Barnsley 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Last updated : 03 January 2024 By Rob Miles

More festive dropped points for Barnsley as they failed to win after going 1-0 up two games in a row for the second time this season and first since August when they drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers and then lost 3-1 to Peterborough.

It means the Reds have drawn two league games in a row for the first time since March 2022

Barnsley are now unbeaten in eight league matches (W4 D4) and have lost only one of the last 14 (W7 D6)

This was Barnsley's seventh league draw of the season, only one less than in the whole of 2022-2023.

Barnsley's goal came via top scorer Devante Cole who bagged his 14th of the season. It is Barnsley's first league goal in first half stoppage time since the 22nd April 2023 against Oxford.

Wigan scored with their only shot on target - the first opponent to do this since Bolton in the first leg of the play-offs last season and the first in the regular season since Fleetwood in December 2022.

Wigan have only managed one shot on target in both meetings with Barnsley this season.

Luca Connell picked up a yellow card for the fourth successive game.

Barnsley have now failed to win their opening match of a calendar year for six years - last doing so 1-0 at Sunderland in 2018. This draw did however end a run of four successive defeats at the start of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Barnsley are now unbeaten in the last four meetings with Wigan however three have been draws.

This was the first time that Wigan have scored in those four meetings.

 Barnsley are still yet to win a league meeting at Oakwell between the two sides (D4 L4) with this the third successive stalemate. Barnsley's only home win against the Latics was the very first meeting there in the first round of the FA Cup in November 1954 (3-2)

Both teams had equal 50% ball possession in this game, the second time it has occurred in a Barnsley match this season (also at Leyton Orient in October) but the first time at Oakwell since the final home game of 2022-2023 against Peterborough.



Barnsley Team:

1. Liam Roberts

6. Mael de Gevigney

26. Jamie McCart

2. Jordan Williams

48. Luca Connell

30. Adam Phillips

8. Herbie Kane

22. Corey O’Keeffe

7. Nicky Cadden

44. Devante Cole

45. John McAtee


20. Callum Styles (for Phillips 58)

36. Max Watters (for McAtee 58)

12. Fabio Jalo (for Cole 72)

Unused Substitutes:

23. Ben Killip, 4. Kacper Lopata, 17. Barry Cotter, 9. Sam Cosgrove


Wigan Team:

1. Sam Tickle

7. Sean Clare

6. Charlie Hughes

5. Steven Sessegnon

4. Liam Morrison

14. Jordan Jones

26. Babajide Adeeko

17. Martial Godo

16. Liam Shaw

19. Callum Lang

28. Josh Magennis


10. Thelo Aasgaard (for Lang 59)

9. Charlie Wyke (for Magennis 59)

34. Luke Robinson (for Sessegnon 75)

18. Jonny Smith (for Shaw 76)

20. Callum McManaman (for Morrison 76)

Unused Substitutes:

12. Ben Amos, 22. Chris Sze.


SkyBet League One Results:


Barnsley (6th) 1-1 Wigan Athletic (17th)

Cole 45+1

                             Smith 87

Blackpool (8th) 2-0 Lincoln City (11th)

Casey 29

Hamilton 90+2

Bolton Wanderers (2nd) 1-0 Burton Albion (19th)

Moon og 51

Cambridge United (18th) 0-2 Leyton Orient (12th)

                                              Brown 54

                                              Agyei 57

Carlisle United (22nd) 2-1 Port Vale (15th)

                                         Garrity 49

Gibson pen 80

Mellish 90+3

Charlton Athletic (14th) 1-2 Oxford United (5th)

Campbell 5                   

                                            Harris 22

                                            Smyth 85

Derby County (4th) 2-3 Peterborough United (3rd)

Collins 1

                                     Burrows 9

Collins 60

                                      Poku 84

                                      Jones 90+4

Northampton Town (9th) 1-0 Cheltenham Town (23rd)

Bowie pen 66

Portsmouth (1st) 2-1 Stevenage (7th)

Lane 12

                                  Thompson 26

Bishop 33

Reading (20th) 3-2 Exeter City (21st)

Knibbs 9

                              Jules 18

Hartridge og 45+2

                               Rankine 68

Azeez 77

Shrewsbury Town (13th) 3-1 Fleetwood Town (24th)

Kenneh 9

Dunkley 45+3

Shipley 58

                                              Rooney 66

Wycombe Wanderers (16th) 3-2 Bristol Rovers (10th)

Tafazolli 29

Vokes 78

Leahy 80

                                                    Martin 90+1

                                                    Martin 90+8


Barnsley lie in 6th place in Sky Bet League One with 43 points from 24 games. We are Goal Difference inside the Play-Offs, 8 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 10 points off First Place and 20 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 1/1/24



Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Twenty Five: Barnsley v Bristol Rovers, Saturday 13th January 2024. Kick Off: 3pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Twenty Seven: Stevenage v Barnsley, Saturday 20th January 2024. Kick Off: 3pm