Barnsley 3-2 Luton

Last updated : 14 October 2018 By Rob Miles

Barnsley (temporarily) moved into the automatic promotion places following victory in front of the SKY cameras in their first meeting with Luton in 11 years.

The Reds were set on their way by a third goal in two games from Brad Potts after just five minutes, Barnsley's earliest goal of the season and indeed earliest since November 2017 when Tom Bradshaw opened the scoring against Birmingham after four minutes.

This was Potts' fifth goal of the season - Barnsley have won all four matches in which he has scored and they are now unbeaten in the last eight league games in which Potts has started.

The Reds have now scored five league goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, the most in the division.

Cameron McGeehan made it 2-0 after 26 minutes, his first goal for the club in almost exactly a year to the day. His last strike for the Reds came on the 14th October 2017 against Middlesbrough.

This goal came against the club he joined Barnsley from, and for whom he had scored 31 goals in 104 appearances.

It is the second time Barnsley have held a two goal lead in the first half hour of a game, also doing so against Oxford on the opening day, the first time it has occurred twice in the same season since 2016-2017.

This was only the second league start of the season for McGeehan, and his eighth overall for the club - this was only the third time Barnsley have won when McGeehan has started - also against Millwall (September 2017) and Burton (October 2017)

Jack Walton started in place of Adam Davies who is on international duty with Wales, this was his fifth league start for Barnsley and only the second time he has been on the winning side - also against Brentford in April.

A man of the match performance from George Moncur saw him set up McGeehan's goal, his fifth assist of the season and his third in two games.

In each of the last two games a Barnsley player has scored against his former club, Moncur v Peterborough and McGeehan v Luton.

Barnsley are yet to go behind at Oakwell this season (from six matches played), they are also still unbeaten after six home games for the first time since 2003-2004 when they remained unbeaten in their first 11 games at Oakwell.

Indeed they are now unbeaten at Oakwell in 10 home matches since a 2-0 defeat to Millwall in March.

It's now just two defeats in the last 18 home games in League One (W11 D5)

They have also lost only one of their first 12 league matches, (W7 D4 L1) their best start to a season since 1978/79 in the fourth tier when they had an identical record (W7 D4 L1).

This was Nathan Jones' third visit to Oakwell as a player or manager and he has lost on each occasion - also 1-0 as a player with Brighton in 2003 and 1-0 as a player with Yeovil in 2005.

Barnsley conceded a penalty in successive games for the first time since April 2017 when they conceded a penalty at Wigan and then against Brentford, remarkably though that Brentford game was the last time Barnsley saved a penalty, so the record from back to back penalties then is the same as now - 1 scored, 1 saved.

The Reds have now conceded three penalties this season

There has been goals scored in first half stoppage time in successive Barnsley games - Brad Potts at Peterborough 45+1 and then James Collins for Luton 45+3.

Both teams have scored in the first half of a Barnsley game for the third time in four games, the only times it has occurred in the league this season.

Both teams have scored in a Barnsley league game for the sixth time this season (50%) of the other six matches, Barnsley were the only team to score in four, Coventry in one and then nobody against AFC Wimbledon.

Barnsley have led at half time in seven of their 12 league games this season and have gone on to win all seven - they are yet to win when not leading at the break.

Luton are the first opposing team to score more than once at Oakwell this season, and indeed since Bolton in April, however Barnsley have now conceded more home goals (5) than away goals (4) this season.

James Collins is the first opposing player to score a brace at Oakwell since Ryan Sessegnon for Fulham in January.

Since making a record breaking start to the season of four successive clean sheets, they have kept only one shutout in the subsequent eight.

Barnsley are now unbeaten in their last 15 league matches when opening the scoring (W9 D6)

Barnsley's winner was a thunderbolt from Mamadou Thiam, the sixth goal scored by a Barnsley substitute this season and the third game out of the last four it has occurred - Thiam accounts for two of those goals.

Despite the Reds good start to the season this is the first time they have managed to secure back to back league wins since the first two games of the season.

This was the first meeting between Barnsley and Luton since 2007, the Reds have now won both of the last two and three of the last four.

Barnsley have now won 10 of the last 15 meetings and 12 of the last 17 at Oakwell, however this was the first in five, as the Hatters had won three of the previous four Oakwell clashes.

There has now been 32 goals scored in the last nine meetings (18 for Barnsley, 14 for Luton)

Just one of the last 16 matches between Barnsley and Luton in all competitions has been drawn (0-0 in March 2004), with Barnsley winning ten to Luton's five in this time.

This was only the 22nd league defeat Luton have suffered in their last 107 league outings including play-offs and only the 36th defeat they have suffered under Nathan Jones in 152 games (all comps)

Barnsley have now scored 26 league goals this season, second only to leaders Portsmouth (30) and have conceded nine - the joint best record in the division along with Blackpool.

Barnsley enjoyed 51% ball possession, only at Bradford (49%) have they failed to have more ball possession than their opponents this season.

This is however the lowest amount of ball possession they have enjoyed at Oakwell this season.

Barnsley conceded 16 fouls, including the penalty, the most they have committed at Oakwell this season and indeed their most at Oakwell since Boxing Day 2016 against Blackburn (17)


Barnsley Team:

13. Jack Walton

12. Dimitri Cavare

5. Ethan Pinnock

6. Liam Lindsay

28. Ben Williams

20. Brad Potts

27. Alex Mowatt

8. Cameron McGeehan

21. Mike Bahre

10. George Moncur

33. Jacob Brown 


26. Mamadou Thiam (for Bahre 68)

23. Dani Pinillos (for Williams 73)

7. Ryan Hedges (for Moncur 83)

Unused Substitutes:

14. Jared Bird

18. Adam Jackson

29. Victor Adeboyejo

40. Henry Kendrick


Luton Team:

36. James Shea, 7. Jack Stacey, 6. Matty Pearson, 5. Sonny Bradley, 3. Dan Potts, 16. Glen Rea, 17. Pelly Ruddock, 2. James Justin, 18. Jorge Grant, 19. James Collins, 14. Harry Cornick.


4. Alan McCormack (for Grant 58)

25. Kazenga LuaLua (for Cornick 72)

9. Danny Hylton (for Rea 79)

Unused Substitutes:

11. Andrew Shinnie, 27. Aaron Jarvis, 40. Harry Isted, 44. Alan Sheehan.

Luton manager Nathan Jones said:

"I thought they were better than us today. I thought they had more aggression than us, especially first half. They won the first ball and got onto the second, it causes problems. They played with a bit more intensity which isn't the case normally, full credit to them.

"We were way off our levels in terms of our ball retention, in terms of playing with intensity and fluidity, we were nowhere near. I could chastise my players for that or I could say Barnsley curtailed us. They are a good side, we knew that, but we knew we needed to be brave, we needed to win our battles and we didn't do that first half.


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SkyBet League One results:

Saturday 13th October 2018:


(3rd) BARNSLEY 3-2 Luton (10th)

Potts 5

McGeehan 26

                                Collins pen 45+3

Thiam 79

                                Collins 86


(6th) Accrington Stanley 3-1 Bradford City (22nd)

Kee pen 39

Zanzala 54

                                                  Doyle 62

McConville 66


(20th) AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Portsmouth (1st)

                                              Naylor 24

                                              Evans 31

Hanson 63


(15th) Burton Albion 1-0 Bristol Rovers (21st)

Fox 90+1


(12th) Coventry City 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers (18th)

Chaplin 82


(8th) Fleetwood Town 2-1 Shrewsbury Town (17th)

Madden 19

Burns 28

                                                  Laurent 57


(19th) Gillingham 0-2 Southend United (9th)

                                     Cox 51

                                         Cox 53


(23rd) Oxford United 2-0 Plymouth Argyle (24th)

Mackie 4

Nelson 74


(16th) Rochdale 2-3 Doncaster Rovers (4th)

                                  Crawford 20                                                                                                  Butler 50

Henderson pen 59 

                                      Anderson 68

Ntlhe 82


(13th) Scunthorpe United 0-2 Peterborough United (2nd)

                                                  Godden 51

                                                        Godden 58


Barnsley lie in 3rd place in Sky Bet League One with 25 points from 12 games.


We are 3 points inside the Play-Offs, 2 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 5 points off First place and 15 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 14/10/18


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Thirteen: Charlton Athletic v Barnsley, Saturday 20th October 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Fifteen: Barnsley v Bristol Rovers, Saturday 27th October 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm