Barnsley have picked up six points from their first three matches for the second season in a row and just like 2015-2016 they lost their first game and won the next two, with one of them coming against a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink side in both seasons.
Indeed Hasselbaink won his first two matches of the last two campaigns (Burton, QPR) and then lost the third one at Oakwell each time.
It is however the first time Barnsley have had six points at this stage of a Championship season for 10 years – 2006-2007- again the first season after promotion.
It is the first time The Reds have won their first two home league games of a season since 2012-2013.
Barnsley have now scored seven goals in their first three league games, the most for 20 years… that famous 1996-1997 campaign (8)
Barnsley have conceded three goals from penalties in their opening three games. It is the first time they had even conceded one at this stage since 2010-2011… when ironically they conceded two in one game…. To QPR.
For the second Oakwell game in a row there was a goal in the 47th minute- Alfie Mawson netted for The Reds against Derby and last night Tjaronn Chery equalised for QPR in the same minute.
Marley Watkins gave the Reds a fourth minute lead, Barnsley’s quickest league game since they scored in the second minute at Bradford back in January, when Watkins also grabbed the goal. It is the quickest Barnsley goal that Oakwell has witnessed since November 2014 when Sam Winnall also netted in the fourth minute in another 3-2 win- against Colchester.
There were 11,613 in attendance at Oakwell last night, The Reds’ biggest home league attendance for a midweek match since April 2014 in a 1-0 defeat to Burnley (12,904)
Barnsley are now unbeaten in six home league games and have lost just two of the last 15.
Barnsley had led at half time in seven of their past eight matches. They have gone on to win six of those (Northampton the exception)
Last night’s victory ended a six game losing streak against QPR and it is only their second victory in 11 meetings against the West London outfit.
In all competitions Barnsley have won 21 out of 32 games in 2016 and only lost four.
Marc Roberts (YC)
Stefan Payne (for Bradshaw 63)
Sessi D’Almeida (for Watkins 82)
Nick Townsend, Angus MacDonald, Andy Yiadom, George Moncur, Elliott Lee.
Sky Bet Championship results:
Tuesday 16th August 2016:
Aston Villa 1-1 Huddersfield
McCormack 25 Hefele 86
Brentford 1-0 Nottingham Forest
Brighton 3-0 Rotherham
Hemed 58 pen
Burton 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday
McFadzean 7 Hooper 12 pen
Leeds 1-1 Fulham
Wood 90+3 Cairney 77
Norwich 1-0 Bristol City
Preston 0-1 Derby
Wigan v Birmingham
Davies 90 Davis 44
Wolves 0-0 Ipswich
Wednesday 17th August 2016:
Barnsley 3-2 QPR
Watkins 4 Chery pen 47, Polter pen 74
Cardiff 2-1 Blackburn
Duffy og 14, Graham 77
Newcastle 4-1 Reading
Hayden 20 McCleary pen 45
Ritchie pen 50
Gayle 69, 89
Barnsley lie in 7th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 6 points from 2 games.
We are Goal Difference outside the Play-Offs, 1 point off the Automatic Promotion Places, 1 point off First place and 5 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 18/8/16
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Four: Huddersfield Town v Barnsley: Saturday 20th August 2016. Kick-Off: 3pm
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Three: Barnsley v Queens Park Rangers, Wednesday 17th August. Kick-Off: 7:45pm.
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