Barnsley 3-2 Middlesbrough

Last updated : 01 March 2022 By Rob Miles

Barnsley moved to within six points of safety after winning back to back league games for the first time this season.

It is the first time they have won successive Championship matches since April 2021 when they won back to back at Huddersfield and at home to Rotherham.

Mads Andersen gave the Reds the lead after just seven minutes, the earliest the Reds have led in a match since August when Callum Styles opened the scoring after six minutes against Birmingham.

Andersen is the first defender to score a league goal for Barnsley since Toby Sibbick on the opening day at Cardiff.

He is the first defender to score a league goal for the Reds at Oakwell since Michal Helik against Millwall exactly a year ago.

Andersen is the first Barnsley defender to open the scoring in a league game since Helik at Bournemouth in March 2021.

Amine Bassi doubled the Reds advantage after 16 minutes, the earliest Barnsley have been two goals ahead in a match since December 2020 when they led 2-0 at Rotherham after 15 minutes.

Barnsley have been ahead at half time in successive matches for the first time since December 2020 – v Wycombe and Sheffield Wednesday.

It is the first time they have been at least two goals ahead at half time in successive matches since February 2019 against Scunthorpe and Accrington Stanley in League One.

It is the first time it has happened at Championship level since November/December 2011 v at Leeds and Peterborough.

Bassi went on to make it 3-0 in the second half, the first Barnsley Championship brace since Daryl Dike at Luton in April 2021.

Barnsley scored three times in a league game for the first time this season and first time since a 3-1 win at Wycombe in March 2021.

It is their first three goal haul at Oakwell since a 3-0 win over QPR in October 2020.

Middlesbrough almost staged the ultimate comeback, pulling it back to 3-1 with a penalty – only the second goal conceded from the spot this season but the second in five outings (also at Luton)

The penalty was scored by Andraz Sporar who has scored both home and away against Barnsley this season.

It then became 3-2 in injury time due to a Liam Kitching own goal, Barnsley’s first own goal since Victor Adeboyejo at Swansea in December 2020.

That own goal arrived on 90+5, the latest Barnsley have conceded a goal since February 2019 when Joe Jacobson scored a consolation penalty for Wycombe on 90+10.

However Barnsley have conceded an injury time goal in two of their past three matches – prior to this they hadn’t conceded after 90 minutes since mid August at QPR.

This is the second 3-2 game Barnsley have been involved in this season (following a 3-2 home defeat to Sheffield United) 

However it is Barnsley’s third 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough in their last 13 meetings.

Bassi assisted Andersen’s goal whilst Morris set up both of Bassi’s - between them Morris and Bassi have been directly involved in each of Barnsley’s last five goals (Morris scoring one and assisting two with Bassi scoring twice and assisting one)

Morris is the first Barnsley player to assist two goals since Callum Brittain against Derby in November – those two players are now Barnsley’s top assisters this season with three each and Morris has equalled his total from 2020-2021.

This win lifted Barnsley off the bottom of the league for the first time since the end of December whereas 22nd is their highest position since beating Derby back in November.

Goalkeeper Brad Collins was booked, his FOURTH yellow card of the season and his seventh for the club. 

Two weeks ago Barnsley had failed to open the scoring under Asbaghi (12 games) they have now done so in three of the last four matches.

Each of the last six meetings between Barnsley and Middlesbrough have alternated between a victory for each side with the home side winning on each occasion.

The Reds are unbeaten in the last six league Oakwell clashes, winning five including each of the last three.

Middlesbrough won 12 corners, the most by a Barnsley opponent at Oakwell this season.

Barnsley had less overall shots than Middlesbrough (7-16) but more on target (5-4), the third time such a feat has occurred this season (also the home meetings with Hull and Bournemouth)


Barnsley Team:

40. Brad Collins

2. Jordan Williams

30. Michal Helik

6. Mads Andersen

26. Remy Vita

33. Matty Wolfe

17. Claudio Gomes

4. Callum Styles

27. Amine Bassi

28. Domingos Quina

14. Carlton Morris


5. Liam Kitching (for Vita 68)

7. Callum Brittain (for Bassi 69)

44. Devante Cole (for Morris 78)

Unused Substitutes:

1. Jack Walton, 10. Josh Benson, 21. Romal Palmer, 24. Aapo Halme.


Middlesbrough Team:

1. Joe Lumley         

6. Dael Fry   

17. Paddy McNair

2. Anfernee Dijksteel        

23. James Léa Siliki

7. Marcus Tavernier

35. Isaiah Jones     

3. Neil Taylor

16. Jonathan Howson       

18. Duncan Watmore       

11. Andraz Sporar


26. Aaron Connolly (for Léa Siliki 45)

47. Folarin Balogun (for Watmore 45)

50. Caolan Boyd-Munce (for Taylor 69)

Unused Substitutes:

28. Luke Daniels, 22. Sol Bamba, 14. Lee Peltier, 37. Josh Coburn.

Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder said:

"The attitude of the team was ok - they were just really poor goals. We were away from home against a team fighting for their lives and we can't concede really poor goals, and we did.

"It's not that they carved us open, they've not done anything that's spectacular, the back three were far too deep and they weren't aggressive enough.

"We talk about the way we play, it's possession based, but the game isn't always about what you do in possession, it's about the other part of it.

"Goals are going in too easy and we have to sort that out, we have to shut the back door before we try and open the front door."


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Blackburn Rovers (4th) 1-0 Queens Park Rangers (5th)

Khadra 77

BARNSLEY (22nd) 3-2 Middlesbrough (8th)

Andersen 7

Bassi 16

Bassi 54

                                    Sporar pen 61

                                    Kitching og 90+5

Birmingham City (19th) 0-2 Huddersfield Town (3rd)

                                            Colwill 27

                                            O’Brien 44

Blackpool (14th) 4-1 Reading (21st)

                                 Lucas Joao 17

Ekpiteta 27

Madine 61

Lavery 86

Bowler 90

AFC Bournemouth (2nd) 2-1 Stoke City (15th)

                                              Smith 20

Solanke 83

Lowe 89

Cardiff City (20th) 0-1 Fulham (1st)

                                   Mitrovic 41

Coventry City (10th) 1-1 Preston North End (12th)

                                      Johnson pen 89

Tavares 90+8

Luton Town (6th) 1-0 Derby County (23rd)

Hylton 67

Millwall (11th) 1-0 Sheffield United (7th)

Cooper 61

Nottingham Forest (9th) 2-0 Bristol City (17th)

Johnson 38

Garner 55

Peterborough United (24th) 0-3 Hull City (18th)

                                                   Smith 25

                                                   Lewis-Potter 51

                                                   Lewis-Potter 70


West Bromwich Albion (13th) 0-2 Swansea City (16th)

                                                     Piroe 79

                                                     Christie 84


Barnsley lie in 22nd place in the Sky Bet Championship with 23 points from 33 games. We are 31 points off the Play-Offs, 38 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 47 points off First Place and 6 points inside the Relegation Zone.

Up to 28/02/22


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty Four: Derby County v Barnsley, Saturday 5th March 2022. Kick-Off: 3pm

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty Five: Barnsley v Stoke City, Tuesday 8th March 2022. Kick-Off: 7:45pm