After a run of six games without a win that included five defeats The Reds got back to winning ways at Griffin Park. It means each of Barnsley’s last three wins have come on the road and they have actually won three of their last five away matches and now have been victorious in 12 of the 20 they have played in 2016.
Adam Armstrong netted only Barnsley’s sixth first half goal this season and with Sam Winnall grabbing a second in the 67th minute it means Barnsley scored in both halves of a game for only the fourth time this season. Ironically, the last time was a 2-1 win at Preston in September when Armstrong and Winnall were again the scorers.
This was also the first time Barnsley led at half-time since that Deepdale encounter too (eight games ago)
The Reds kept a clean sheet for the first time in seven games (since the 4-0 win at Wolves)
Barnsley have now scored 12 away goals this season- their most at this stage since 2003-2004 when they also had 12, albeit they had played eight away matches then compared to seven now.
Adam Armstrong netted his second Barnsley away goal (in his sixth away appearance) he netted only two in his first nine away games for Coventry last season.
Captain Conor Hourihane picked up his fifth booking of the season so will miss next weekend’s game against Bristol City. The Irishman has missed only one match this season- the 4-2 defeat at Fulham and since joining the club in the summer of 2014 it will be only the eighth he has missed out of 128 matches that Barnsley have played in that time. Barnsley have lost six of the seven he has failed to feature in so far with the exception of a 2-1 win at Scunthorpe in the Johnstones Paint Trophy last season- the first game he had missed.
It will be the first time that at least one of Conor Hourihane or Josh Scowen have not started since they arrived at the club (Hourihane in the summer of 2014 and Scowen in January 2015.)
Winnall’s goal was his 41st for the club- taking him to joint 36th in the club’s all time list. Those goals have been scored in 32 matches of which Barnsley have gone on to win 21 and lose only six.
Barnsley won at Brentford for only the second time in nine visits.
They have though now won each of their last four visits to London and are unbeaten in five in the capital.
Barnsley inflicted on Brentford their first home defeat of the season (after four wins and two draws for the Bees) and ends an 11 match unbeaten home run for them stretching back into last March.
The Reds are the first opponents to score more than once at Griffin Park since Charlton won 2-1 on the 5th March and Barnsley’s two strikes yesterday doubled their goals against tally at home this season- they had only conceded a total of two in their previous six.
Angus MacDonald (YC)
Conor Hourihane (YC)
Sam Winnall (YC)
Ryan Williams (for Armstrong 85
Adam Hammill (for Kent 86)
Jacob Brown (for Winnall 90+3)
Nick Townsend, Callum Evans, Cole Kpekawa, Elliott Lee.
Sky Bet Championship results:
Friday 21st October 2016:
Burton 2-0 Birmingham
Saturday 22nd October 2016:
Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham
Brentford 0-2 Barnsley
Armstrong 29, Winnall 67
Bristol City 1-0 Rotherham
Huddersfield 1-0 Derby
Newcastle 3-0 Ipswich
Perez 1, 73
Norwich 0-1 Preston
Rotherham 0-1 Reading
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 QPR
Wigan 0-1 Brighton
Wolves 0-1 Leeds
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Cardiff
Lansbury pen 90+1 Gunnarsson 28, Ralls 39
Barnsley lie in 12th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 19 points from 14 games.
We are 4 points outside the Play-Offs, 9 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 12 points off First place and 7 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 23/10/16
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Sky Bet Championship Matchday Sixteen: Burton Albion v Barnsley: Saturday 5th November 2016. Kick-Off: 3pm
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