Barnsley 2-3 Portsmouth

Last updated : 21 September 2023 By Rob Miles

Barnsley suffered their third home league defeat of the season from just five matches at Oakwell all of which have now seen them concede three goals.

It is the first time they have conceded as many as three times at Oakwell in the league at this level since 2014-2015 (also three)

The Reds were hit by a double sucker punch in the first ten minutes conceding TWO goals after eight minutes – it is the second time in three home games they have conceded from a penalty after eight minutes (also v Oxford) however it is first time they have been 2-0 down in a game inside the opening 10 minutes since the 24th August 2019 when Luton led 2-0 at Oakwell after just four minutes.

Despite conceding a third with just over a quarter of an hour played the Reds fought back in the second half to bring the scoreline back to 3-2 which means they have scored at least two goals in five successive games (all comps) for the first time since a run of seven between 12th January and 16th February 2019.

Devante Cole failed to score for only the third time this season, The Reds are yet to win when he has not netted (D1 L2)

Barnsley are the current League One top scorers having netted 18 goals in eight games (five more than the next most – their conquerors Portsmouth)

Amongst EFL sides only Swindon (22), Wrexham (20) and Crewe (19) have scored more than Barnsley.

The Reds also have League One’s joint best goal difference (8) along with Portsmouth. Only Swindon (11) enjoy a better one in the EFL.

This is the first time Barnsley have scored in their opening ten games

of a season in all competitions since 2012-2013 when they also netted in the first ten.

Barnsley have now gone three successive games (all comps) without receiving a yellow card for the first time since the two Championship play-off games against Swansea in 2020-2021 and then the first game of 2021-2022 at Cardiff.


Barnsley Team:

1. Liam Roberts

26. Jamie McCart

2. Jordan Williams ©

4. Kacper Lopata

17. Barry Cotter

30. Adam Phillips

3. Jon Russell

8. Herbie Kane

7. Nicky Cadden

44. Devante Cole

45. John McAtee


29. Owen Dodgson (for Russell 45)

20. Callum Styles (for Cadden 45)

9. Sam Cosgrove (for McAtee 45)

22. Corey O’Keeffe (for Cotter 71)

36. Max Watters (for Cole 78)

Unused Substitutes:

23. Ben Killip, 41. Jack Shepherd.


Portsmouth Team:

1. Will Norris

17. Joe Rafferty (Y)

5. Regan Poole

18. Conor Shaughnessy

6. Connor Ogilvie

32. Paddy Lane

16. Joe Morrell

8. Alex Robertson

7. Marlon Pack ©

11. Gavin Whyte

9. Colby Bishop


25. Abu Kamara (for Whyte 66)

21. Jack Sparkes (for Ogilvie 69)

28. Tino Anjorin (for Robertson 78)

24. Terry Devlin (for Lane 78)

Unused Substitutes:

31. Ryan Schofield, 4. Ryley Towler, 14. Ben Stevenson.


Match Reports:

Official Website


Sky Sports


League One Results:


BARNSLEY (6th) 2-3 Portsmouth (1st)

                                   Bishop pen 8

                                   Lane 8

                                   Ogilvie 16

Cotter 49

Styles 77

Peterborough United (8th) 3-0 Cheltenham Town (24th)

Burrows 54

Clarke-Harris 61

Kioso 90+4

Port Vale (3rd) 2-3 Burton Albion (22nd)

                              Lubala 11

Garrity 40

                              Seddon 51

                              Baah 61

Arblaster 86


Barnsley lie in 6th place in Sky Bet League One with 13 points from 8 games. We are Goal Difference inside the Play-Offs, 3 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 3 points off First Place and 8 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 21/9/23


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Nine: Northampton Town v Barnsley, Saturday 23rd September 2023. Kick Off: 3pm

At Oakwell:

Papa Johns Trophy: Barnsley v Manchester City Under 21s, Tuesday 26th September 2023. Kick Off: 7:30pm