Barnsley finally ended a seven match winless run at Oakwell, picking up their first three point haul at home since the end of August.
An even more painful winless run also ended however as Barnsley defeated Norwich for the first time in 16 years and 12 meetings. The Reds had lost nine and drew two of the previous 11 since a 1-0 win in 2000.
Barnsley scored against Norwich for only the second time in six meetings and netted twice against the Canaries for the first time in 13 clashes.
The Reds scored twice in the first half of a game for only the third time in 20 matches this season – remarkably this is the first time they have won when doing so having lost the other two matches 4-2 v Fulham and 5-2 v Nottingham Forest.
Barnsley have now scored 12 first half goals this season compared with 22 in the second half.
On the flip side, Barnsley have only conceded 10 first half goals, compared with 20 after half time.
That means Barnsley have scored 34 goals in their 20 Championship matches, only Newcastle (41) and Norwich (35) have scored more.
Barnsley led by two goals at half-time for the first time this season, and indeed for the first time in ELEVEN months since they were 2-0 up at Shrewsbury (going on to win 3-0) 45 league games ago. It is the first time they have led by two goals at half time at Oakwell since September 2015 when they defeated Gillingham 2-0.
Barnsley have won back to back games for the third time this season and the first time since September.
Barnsley have won every home game in which Stefan Payne has featured. The 25 year old striker made his first appearance since the 4-0 win over Rotherham- Barnsley’s last home win and he has now featured in all four of their home victories this season.
Tom Bradshaw netted his third goal since a summer switch from Walsall- Barnsley have won all three games in which he has netted, also v Wolves and Rotherham.
Norwich forced seven corners in the game; the second most that an opposition team has won at Oakwell this season- Derby won eight in Barnsley’s first home match of the campaign.
Adam Hammill (for Winnall 71)
Stefan Payne (for Bradshaw 72)
Saidy Janko (for Kent 89)
Nick Townsend, Cole Kpekawa, Callum Evans, Ryan Williams.
Sky Bet Championship results:
Friday 9th December 2016:
Brighton 2-0 Leeds
Murray pen 23
Hemed pen 82
Saturday 10th December 2016:
Aston Villa 1-0 Wigan
Barnsley 2-1 Norwich
Bradshaw 12 Oliveira 52
Brentford 2-1 Burton
Hogan 11,53 Ward 27
Huddersfield 2-1 Bristol City
Kachunga 10 Abraham 33
Ipswich 1-1 Cardiff
Varney 52 Gunnarsson 38
Newcastle 4-0 Birmingham
Sunday 11th December 2016:
Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest
Bendtner 33 og
Barnsley lie in 11th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 28 points from 20 games.
We are 4 points outside the Play-Offs, 14 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 15 points off First place and 8 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 12/12/16
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twenty-One: Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley: Tuesday 13th December 2016. Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Over 65’s: £26
Under 17 years old: £15
Under 11 years old: £10
Under 5 years old: £5
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twenty-Three: Barnsley v Blackburn Rovers, Monday 26th December 2016. Kick-Off: 3pm.
Over 65: £16
17-21 years: £16
Under 17: £10
Under 12: £5
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