Barnsley’s poor start to the season continued with a 1-0 defeat at promoted Blackpool meaning they have won only one of their first 10 games in all competitions, their worst start since winning only one of the first 19 in 2019-2020.
It means Barnsley have lost to a newly promoted team in each of their last 16 second tier seasons, last avoiding this fate in 1998/1999.
Barnsley have failed to win any of their first five away league games now in each of their last three Championship seasons.
They are winless in eight away games (all comps) since a 1-0 win at Huddersfield on 21st April. It is their longest winless away run since failing to win any of their first nine games on the road in 2019-2020.
Barnsley lost a league meeting with Blackpool for the first time in five clashes and only the second in nine.
It was only the second time Barnsley have tasted defeat at Bloomfield Road in their last seven league visits.
In all competitions, five of Barnsley’s last six defeats at Bloomfield Road have been via a 1-0 scoreline.
This was only Blackpool’s second league goal at home in 2021-2022, and they like Barnsley have scored two goals in front of their own fans this season.
Barnsley had 60% possession for the second successive game, yet have failed to score in either, with only Hull City having scored less (5) than Barnsley’s six league goals so far.
The Reds have gone back to back league games without scoring for the first time since a run of three in January (v Norwich, Swansea and Watford)
Barnsley had 13 shots for the second game in a row, their most in a league game in 2021-2022 and most since the final regular home game of 2020-2021 against Norwich (15)
Blackpool also had 13, the first time both teams have had the same amount of shots in a Barnsley game since the season opener at Cardiff (10 each)
The total of 26 shots was the most in a Barnsley game in 2021-2022 and most since Huddersfield away in April (also 26)
There were 30 fouls committed in the match, the most in a Barnsley game in 2021-2022 and most since Rotherham at home in April (also 30)
40. Brad Collins
15. Jasper Moon
5. Liam Kitching
30. Michal Helik
7. Callum Brittain
4. Callum Styles
10. Josh Benson
3. Ben Williams
29. Victor Adeboyejo
9. Cauley Woodrow
28. Dominik Frieser
22. Clarke Oduor (for Frieser 45)
11. Aaron Leya Iseka (for Adeboyejo 60)
21. Romal Palmer (for Benson 73)
1. Jack Walton, 2. Jordan Williams, 17. Claudio Gomes, 20. Toby Sibbick.
1. Chris Maxwell
35. Dujon Sterling
21. Marvin Ekpiteta
26. Richard Keogh
29. Luke Garbutt
11. Josh Bowler
8. Ryan Wintle
12. Kenny Dougall
10. Keshi Anderson
19. Shayne Lavery
28. Tyreece John-Jules
14. Gary Madine (for John-Jules 69)
3. James Husband (for Anderson 83)
15. Demetri Mitchell (for Bowler 83)
2. Callum Connolly, 9. Jerry Yates, 13. Stuart Moore, 16. Sonny Carey.
Blackpool manager Neil Critchley said:
"Shayne was a real pest today - he deserved his goal. His speed of thought is amazing and he has great positional sense.
"He attacks spaces so well and he can be a major threat for us. He put in an excellent centre-forward's display.
"We were very good, in the first half particularly, but sometimes when you don't make it two when you're on top it can come back to bite you.
"Hopefully we're finding our feet in this league, and that's a big thing for a side that is newly promoted."
Sky Bet Championship results
FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2021
Coventry City (3rd) 3-0 Peterborough United (21st)
West Bromwich Albion (2nd) 2-1 Queens Park Rangers (10th)
SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2021
Reading (9th) 1-0 Middlesbrough (18th)
Birmingham City (12th) 0-0 Preston North End (15th)
Blackburn Rovers (6th) 5-1 Cardiff City (13th)
Brereton Diaz 32
Brereton Diaz 45+2
Bereton Diaz pen 90
Blackpool (14th) 1-0 BARNSLEY (20th)
AFC Bournemouth (1st) 2-1 Luton Town (16th)
Bristol City (8th) 1-1 Fulham (4th)
Nottingham Forest (22nd) 1-1 Millwall (19th)
Sheffield United (11th) 1-0 Derby County (24th)
Sharp pen 89
Stoke City (5th) 2-0 Hull City (23rd)
Swansea City (17th) 1-0 Huddersfield Town (7th)
Barnsley lie in 20th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 8 points from 9 games. We are 8 points off the Play-Offs, 11 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 13 points off First Place and 3 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 26/9/21
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Ten: Barnsley v Nottingham Forest, Wednesday 29th September 2021. Kick-Off: 7:45pm
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twelve: Reading v Barnsley, Saturday 16th October 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm