Barnsley 1-5 Lincoln City

Last updated : 10 March 2024 By Rob Miles

Barnsley came crashing back down to earth with their biggest ever third tier home defeat 

It is their biggest home league defeat at any level for 11 years since a 5-1 reverse to Watford in the Championship in September 2013.

It is their biggest defeat home or away in five years since a 5-1 Championship defeat at Preston in October 2019.

And their biggest League One defeat home or away for nine years since a 5-1 defeat at Crawley in February 2015.

This was Barnsley’s seventh league defeat of the season, five of which have seen them concede at least three times, four of them at Oakwell.

It is the first time they have lost as many as four home league games by conceding 3+ goals since 2019-2020 (also four)

It is the first time Barnsley have conceded 3+ goals in as many as four third tier home games (1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 1-5) since 1971-1972 (3-3, 1-3, 0-4, 1-4)

This was the 14th time Barnsley have fallen 1-0 behind in League One this season, the same amount as in the entirety of 2022-2023.

To give some context this was only Barnsley’s seventh league defeat of the season, only league leaders Portsmouth have lost fewer (4)

Six of those defeats have come at home, only Leyton Orient have lost more home games this season amongst the division’s current top half.

Their tally of 28 home league goals conceded is the second worst in the division with only the bottom two sides Fleetwood and Carlisle have conceded more in front of their own supporters (both 30)

This is the first season Barnsley have conceded five goals on two occasions in all competitions (5-1 to Bradford in the EFL Trophy and 5-1 to Lincoln in the league) since 2014-2015 (5-3 to MK Dons and 5-1 to Crawley, both in the league)

One bright spot was League One February Player of the Month Adam Phillips eighth goal involvement in the last eight games (scored five, assisted three)

This was the 15th game Phillips has scored in for Barnsley (all comps) since joining the club and the first time they have lost when he has netted (W13 D1 L1)

Substitute Corey O’Keeffe set up the goal, his sixth assist – making him the club’s top assister so far in 2023-2024.

Herbie Kane picked up his 10th yellow card of the season which now triggers a two game ban, it is the same amount of bookings as he received in 2022-2023.

O’Keeffe picked up a yellow card after 86 minutes, the 29th yellow card the club have received after the 80th minute this season (from a total of 161 – 18%)

Despite this result Barnsley continued their perfect scoring record in 2024 – they have scored in all 13 league games this calendar year and are one of only two League One clubs to have scored in every league game of 2024 (a total of 22 goals) along with Wigan (18 goals)

It is the first time Barnsley have scored in their first 13 league games of a calendar year since 2014 when they scored in their first 14 league matches.

Barnsley have now overall scored in 23 successive games in all competitions (W12 D7 L4), stretching back to a 3-0 defeat at Derby on the 11th November 2023 – a total of 41 goals, their longest scoring streak in a single season since 1926-1927 – 37 games (W17 D8 L12) – a total of 88 goals in a season where they only failed to score in three matches overall)

This was the third time this season there has been six goals in a Barnsley league game this season – the 7-0 opening day victory over Port Vale and 4-2 win at Wycombe the other occasions – the same amount as in 2022-2023 (4-4, 5-1, 4-2)

Barnsley have failed to win any of their past five meetings with Lincoln in all competitions (D2 L3)

The Imps have won each of their last three visits to Oakwell – two in the league and one in the EFL Trophy.

Barnsley have failed to win any of the last seven league meetings overall (D3 L4), last tasting league victory against the Imps in April 1958.

Between 1966 and 1973 Barnsley won six successive meetings, they have won only three of the following 16.

Daniel Mandroiu has scored in three of the last four meetings including both at Oakwell.

There have been 14 shots on target in each of Barnsley’s last two games.

There were 27 fouls in the game, the most in a Barnsley league game for 20 matches.

Barnsley Team:

1. Liam Roberts

26. Jamie McCart

43. Josh Earl

6. Mael de Gevigney

8. Herbie Kane

48. Luca Connell

30. Adam Phillips

7. Nicky Cadden

2. Jordan Williams

44. Devante Cole

45. John McAtee


11. Conor Grant (for Kane 53)

9. Sam Cosgrove (for McAtee 53)

22. Corey O’Keeffe (Y (for Cadden 67)

19. Aiden Marsh (for Cole 67)

3. Jon Russell (for Connell 78)

Unused Substitutes:

23. Ben Killip, 17. Barry Cotter.


Lincoln Team:

1. Lukas Jensen

25. Alex Mitchell

23. Sean Roughan

15. Paudie O’Connor

2. lasse Sorensen

7. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild

14. Daniel Mandroiu

6. Ethan Erhahon

18. Ben House

9. Joseph Taylor

34. Freddie Draper


28. Jack Moylan (for Draper 45)

27. Jovon Makama (for House 73)

22. Timothy Eyoma (for Taylor 74)

16. Jack Burroughs (for Mandroiu 83)

17. Dylan Duffy (for Hackett-Fairchild 83)

Unused Substitutes:

12. Jordan Wright, 5. Adam Jackson.


SkyBet League One Results:

BARNSLEY (5th) 1-5 Lincoln City (9th)

                                        Taylor 15

                                        Moylan 55

                                        Mandroiu 58

                                        Moylan 72

Phillips 77

                                        Makama 79

Blackpool (8th) 0-0 Portsmouth


Bristol Rovers (12th) 0-3 Derby County (2nd)

                                                  Gayle 55

                                                  Barkhuizen 58

                                                  Waghorn 89


Burton Albion (20th) 1-3 Peterborough United (4th)

                                                  Jones 56

Ola-Adebomi 70

                                                  Knight 88

                                                  Clarke-Harris 90+6

Cambridge United (19th) 1-1 Northampton Town (11th)

Kachunga 16

                                                  Guthrie 82


Charlton Athletic (14th) 3-2 Carlisle United (24th)

                                                            Armstrong 20

May 37

Kanu 54

                                                  Charters pen 63

May 75

Exeter City (16th) 2-2 Bolton Wanderers (3rd)

                                        Maghoma 33

Cox 46

Cox 49

                                        Toal 87


Oxford United (7th) 2-1 Cheltenham Town (21st)

Murphy 45+3

                                        Ferry 80

Leigh 88


Port Vale (23rd 1-2 Shrewsbury Town (17th)

                                        Udoh 6

                                        Bloxham 53

Dipepa 69

Reading (18th) 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers (15th)

                                        Lonwijk 16

Smith 74

                                        Lubala pen 88

Stevenage (6th) 0-0 Fleetwood Town (22nd)

Wigan Athletic (13th) 1-0 Leyton Orient (10th)

Kerr 73


Barnsley lie in 5th place in Sky Bet League One with 67 points from 36 games. We are 7 points inside the Play-Offs, 5 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 10 points off First Place and 33 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 10/3/24


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Thirty Seven: Carlisle United v Barnsley, Tuesday 12th March 2024. Kick Off: 7:45pm 

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Thirty Eight: Barnsley v Cheltenham Town, Saturday 16th March 2024. Kick Off: 3pm