Barnsley 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Barnsley failed to follow up their first home win in 13 games last time out against Sheffield United, meaning they missed out on the chance to move two places above the relegation zone. They thus remain third from bottom, two points adrift of safety.

The Reds have won back to back home games only once this season, back in August when they followed up a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest with a 3-0 victory against Sunderland.

Indeed that is the only occasion Barnsley have won two successive home league games since December 2016 when they defeated Norwich 2-1 and Blackburn 2-0.

It was unlucky 13 against Bolton for Barnsley as they have now failed to win any of the last 13 league meetings. The last time Barnsley defeated Bolton in league competition both sides were Premier League outfits, the Reds triumphing 2-1 at Oakwell in August 1997.

The only other Barnsley victory in this time came in a FA Cup tie, 1-0 in January 1998, however this draw ended a four match losing streak against the Trotters and a three match losing streak against them at Oakwell.

Since the second tier was renamed the Championship back in 2004, nobody has played Barnsley more than Bolton and remained undefeated (6 matches), the Reds have also played Swansea six times in the Championship and not beaten them.

Three of the four goals scored in this match arrived in the last 10 minutes, the first time this has happened in a Barnsley game since September when goals were scored in the 80th, 91st and 93rd minutes at Wolves.

There has been seven second half goals scored in the last two Barnsley home games.

The usual source of Oli McBurnie rescued a point in the 93rd minute, the fourth time this season Barnsley have scored in the 90th minute or later.

The 93rd minute is the latest Barnsley have scored since Ryan Hedges also netted in the 93rd minute in the season opening defeat at Bristol City.

This was McBurnie's eighth goal in 13 appearances for The Reds, since arriving at Oakwell he has scored 53% of Barnsley's goals (8/15)

Both he and Gary Gardner have scored in the last two Barnsley home games, it has doubled Gardner's goal tally from last season.

It is the first time Gardner has scored in successive home games since 2014 for Brighton.

It is the first time two players have scored in successive Barnsley home games since January 2016 when Sam Winnall and Marley Watkins scored in a 6-1 win over Rochdale and then a 3-0 win over Bury.

Barnsley have scored more than once in each of their past three home matches, prior to this they had only scored more than once home or away on two occasions in 25.

The Reds have gone 1-0 up, fallen 2-1 behind and then fought back to take points for the second successive home game, prior to this you had go back to January 2017 for the last time they had occurred.

Barnsley led at half time for the 11th time in the Championship this season but have now only gone on to win four.

Ethan Pinnock became the 20th half time substitution made by Barnsley this season.

Bolton's equaliser came via the penalty spot - the fifth penalty goal Barnsley have conceded this season.

All five penalties Barnsley have conceded this season have been scored, the last opposing player to miss a penalty against the Reds was Brentford's Jota in April 2017.

Two of the five penalties have been for Bolton, with Adam Le Fondre netting at Oakwell after the now departed Gary Madine netted at the Macron.


There were nine yellow cards handed out by referee Mike Jones, remarkably the most in a Barnsley match since the reverse fixture at the Macron in December (also 9) and again it was five to Barnsley, four to Bolton.

It is the first time there have been five Barnsley players booked since the 1-0 win at Sunderland on New Year's Day.

Gardner was one of the five shown a card which means he has nine for the season, the joint most for the Reds alongside Joe Williams. No Barnsley player has been shown more than nine yellow cards since Conor Hourihane, Josh Scowen and Sam Winnall received 10 in 2015-2016.

The referee also whistled for a total of 33 fouls, the most in a Barnsley game this season.

Barnsley must now beat Brentford in their final home game of 2017-2018 to avoid equalling the club record for lowest amount of home wins. This was set in the 1952-1953 Second Division season when the Reds finished bottom, however they played only 21 home games that campaign.

Since Jose Morais' first Championship match in charge of the Tykes, only Sunderland (8) and Burton (9) have won fewer points than Barnsley (10).

Phil Parkinson has still never won a Football League match at Oakwell (P8 W0 D5 L3)

McBurnie's injury time equaliser denied Bolton only their second away win of the season. They have now won only one of their last 47 away Championship matches (D14 L32).

Barnsley enjoyed 52% possession, they first time they have had more possession than their opponents in five outings.

Barnsley Team:
Adam Davies
Andy Yiadom
Adam Jackson
Liam Lindsay
Zeki Fryers
Brad Potts
Gary Gardner 
George Moncur 
Adam Hammill
Kieffer Moore 
Oli McBurnie 
Substitutes:
Ethan Pinnock (for Lindsay 45)
Tom Bradshaw (for Potts 71)
Connor Mahoney (for Fryers 86)
Unused Substitutes:
Jack Walton, Dimitri Cavare, Lloyd Isgrove, Ryan Hedges.

Bolton Team:
Ben Alnwick, Mark Little, Reece Burke, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson, Sammy Ameobi, Darren Pratley, Karl Henry, Filipe Morais, Adam Le Fondre.
Substitutions:
Will Buckley (for Burke 45)
Craig Noone (for Little 71)
Dorian Dervite (for Morais 90+2)
Unused Substitutes:
Mark Howard, Andrew Taylor, Josh Vela, Aaron Wilbraham.

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson said:

"I'm delighted Craig Noone got his goal which should've won us the game. I wish I was here talking about Craig Noone's fantastic goal and what an important one it was for us but to concede off a last-minute set-play has hurt us.

"We really took the game to them and had other chances to score but we weren't able to get the goal.

"We live to fight for another day, we're still in the mix. I felt we lost our way a bit, the spirit had been drained out of us. Today it's back and that's what we've got to maintain until the end of the season."

Match Reports:
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Sky Bet Championship results:

Friday 13th April 2018:
Aston Villa 1-0 Leeds United
Grabban 29

Saturday 14th April 2018:
Sheffield United 1-1 Millwall
Clarke 74                Morison 76
BARNSLEY 2-2 Bolton Wanderers
Gardner 22       Le Fondre pen 82, Noone 85
McBurnie 90+3
Burton Albion 3-1 Derby County
Boyce 24             Nugent 29
Murphy 44
Akins 68
Hull City 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
                     Rhodes 18
Middlesbrough 2-1 Bristol City
Friend 18               Djuric 13
Ayala 68
Norwich City 0-2 Cardiff City
                           Zohore 86, Hoilett 90+3
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Ipswich Town
Brereton pen 89          Ward 38
Lolley 90+5
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Preston North End
Smith 13                            Robinson 45, 74
Reading 2-2 Sunderland
Kelly pen 20        McNair 47, Cattermole 66
Kermorgant 79
Fulham 1-1 Brentford
Mitrovic 70    Maupay 90+4

Sunday 15th April 2018:
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Birmingham City
Jota 21
Afobe 87

Barnsley lie in 22nd place in the Sky Bet Championship with 38 points from 42 games.

We are 31 points outside the Play-Offs, 45 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 57 points off First place and 2 points inside the Relegation Zone.
Up to 16/04/18

Next Up:

On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty Forty Three: Leeds United v Barnsley, Saturday 21st April 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm

At Oakwell:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty Five: Barnsley v Brentford, Saturday 28th April 2018: Kick-Off 3pm.