Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Barnsley

Last updated : 25 November 2019 By Rob Miles

Barnsley suffered their 10th defeat from 17 Championship games with another error-strewn defensive display. It is the quickest they have reach double figures for defeats since 2015-2016 when they suffered a 10th reverse in their 16th game - of course Barnsley went on to win promotion at the end of that campaign!

The club's current winless run stretches to 17 games in all competitions (D6 L11), their worst run since 1953 when they went 21 matches without a victory - failing to win any of their final 18 matches of 1952-1953 and the first three of 1953-1954 (D6 L15)

Barnsley have conceded at least two goals now in 13 of their 17 league games this season and the 36 goals they have conceded this season is at least four more than anybody else in the Championship.

Only League One Southend (52) have conceded more in the entire Football League with the Reds and the Shrimpers the only two teams to have won only once in the league in 2019-2020.

Barnsley have conceded at least two goals in five successive league matches for the first time since a run of five between Boxing Day 2007 and 19th January 2008 (Stoke 3-3, Southampton 2-2, Scunthorpe 2-2, Norwich 1-3, QPR 0-2)

Barnsley have picked up just two points on the road this season, the joint lowest in the division along with Wigan, it is the first time they have failed to win any of their first eight away league matches since 2013-2014 (also 8 - D1 L7)

They have gone a total of nine league away games without a win (D2 L7) for the first time since a run of 15 from 23rd February 2013 to 23rd November 2013 (D6 L9)

Barnsley have now won five of their last 48 Championship matches (D16 L27)

Barnsley have gone 11 games without a clean sheet for the first time since a run of 11 between February and April 2018.

This result means Blackburn have won back to back home games for the first time this season, and have done so by defeating South Yorkshire outfits (Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley)

Blackburn opened the scoring against Barnsley for the first time in five meetings.

At least one team has scored at least twice in each of the last eight meetings with both doing it on three occasions.

Barnsley have now scored twice in three successive visits to Ewood Park but have lost two of them (W1)

Barnsley have been behind at half time in four successive league games for the first time since a run of four between 25th November and 9th December 2017.

New manager Gerhard Struber made two half time substitutions in his first game in charge, the second time this has happened this season with Daniel Stendel also making two changes at the break in the 3-1 home defeat to Luton in August.

It is the first time it has happened twice in one season since 2017-2018 when Paul Heckingbottom did it on four occasions (at Sheffield United, home v Aston Villa, home to Leeds and then at Reading where he made three half time changes)

Conor Chaplin scored Barnsley's first equaliser just three minutes after his half time introduction, this follows on from Patrick Schimidt scoring as a substitute in the previous match v Stoke - and in the same minute he was introduced.

It is the first time a Barnsley substitute has scored in back to back games since October 2018 when Jacob Brown came on in the 36th minute and scored in the 90th at Peterborough and then Mamadou Thiam came on in the 68th minute and scored in the 79th minute at home to Luton.

Remarkably Barnsley were very close to scoring in the same minutes as they had against Stoke. In that match the goals were scored on 47 and 82, compared to 48 and 82 at Blackburn.

For the sixth time this season Barnsley had the most ball possession in a match they lost (also v Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham, Luton, Nottingham Forest and Stoke)

Barnsley had 16 shots in the game, their most away from home in the Championship since Ipswich in April 2018 (19)

Barnsley Team:
1. Sami Radlinger
5. Bambo Diaby
6. Mads Andersen
3. Ben Williams
24. Aapo Halme
21. Toby Sibbick
10. Mike Bahre
9. Cauley Woodrow
27. Alex Mowatt (C)
7. Jacob Brown 
19. Patrick Schmidt

4. Kenny Dougall (for Halme 45)
11. Conor Chaplin (for Schimidt 45)
16. Luke Thomas (for Bahre 83)

Unused Substitutes:
8. Cameron McGeehan, 12. Dimitri Cavare, 26. Mamadou Thiam, 40. Bradley Collins.

Blackburn Team:
1. Christian Walton
31. Elliott Bennett (C)
24. Tosin Adarabioyo
26. Darragh Lenihan
17. Amari'i Bell
27. Lewis Travis
22. Lewis Holtby
9. Sam Gallagher 
23. Bradley Dack
8. Joe Rothwell
7. Adam Armstrong

19. Stewart Downing (for Holtby 63)
10. Danny Graham (for Gallagher 63)
39. John Buckley (for Rothwell 79)

Unused Substitutes:
4. Bradley Johnson, 13. Jayson Leutwiler, 20. Ben Brereton, 29. Corry Evans.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray said:
"I love watching Dack when he gets wrapped up in it like he did in the second half; working, running, going playing where the ball is, playing like a kid in the playground really and he's got such natural talent.

"It was all about getting three points. That's what we talked about, not about performance levels, but just trying to get three points. I think it was a really dangerous game for us.

"I've watched Barnsley and I have to say they're a pretty good team. I like the way they play, I think they're full of energy, youthful and play forward."

Match Reports:
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Sky Bet Championship results:

Fulham (4th) 2-1 Queens Park Rangers (12th)
                            Hugill 3
Kamara 27
Kamara 64

Charlton Athletic (13th) 2-2 Cardiff City (16th)
Conor Gallagher 13
Jonathan Leko 42
                                             Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 52
                                             Lee Tomlin 73
Blackburn Rovers (17th) 3-2 BARNSLEY (24th)
Dack 24
                                              Chaplin 48
Downing 69
                                              Woodrow 82
Dack 86
Brentford (8th) 1-0 Reading (18th)
Watkins 62
Bristol City (7th) 0-0 Nottingham Forest (5th)

Derby County (11th) 1-0 Preston North End (3rd)
Waghorn 33
Huddersfield Town (19th) 1-1 Birmingham City (15th)
Campbell 55
                                                Roberts 78
Luton Town (22nd) 1-2 Leeds United (2nd)
                                     Bamford 51
Collins 54
                                     Pearson og 90
Stoke City (23rd) 2-1 Wigan Athletic (20th)
                                   Morsy 39
Batth 55
Diouf 90+3
Swansea City (6th) 0-1 Millwall (10th)
                                      Wallace 65
West Bromwich Albion (1st) 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (9th)
Robson-Kanu 10
                                                    Fletcher pen 58
Austin pen 88

Middlesbrough (21st) 2-2 Hull City (14th)
Tavernier 7
Fletcher 26
                                          Bowen 71
                                          Bowen 75

Barnsley lie in 24th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 9 points from 17 games. We are 20 points outside the Play-Offs, 25 points outside the Automatic Promotion Places, 27 points outside First Place and 5 points inside the Relegation Zone.
Up to 25/11/19

Next Up:

On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Eighteen: Middlesbrough v Barnsley, Wednesday 27th November 2019. Kick-Off: 7:45pm

At Oakwell:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Nineteen: Barnsley v Hull City, Saturday 30th November 2019. Kick-Off: 3pm