Bristol Rovers 1-1 Barnsley

Last updated : 13 August 2023 By Rob Miles

Barnsley remain unbeaten three games into the 2023-2024 season (excluding penalty shootouts) but failed to win a league match in which they had opened the scoring for only the fifth time in 33 such matches (W28 D5) although last losing from a 1-0 lead in the final home game of 2021-2022 against Preston (1-3)

This start gives them an identical start to the 2021-2022 season when they won one and drew one of their opening two league matches and lost a League Cup tie on penalties.

This is the first time Barnsley have scored in their opening three games of a season since 2018-2019.

Barnsley have opened a league campaign with a win and a draw in 2023-2024 and 2021-2022, prior to this the last time they had four points from two games was 2004-2005 (they had the full six points in 2018-2019)

Just like the last time Barnsley scored seven goals in a league game (v Huddersfield in 1998) they went on to draw their following league matche (0-0 v Watford in 1998)

Barnsley have failed to win any of their last five opening away league fixtures of a season (D2 L3) - their 2-0 victory at Bradford in 2018-2019 is their only opening away league game victory in nine (W1 D2 L6)

Nicky Cadden's opener was Barnsley's earliest goal since Devante Cole netted after four minutes in a 5-0 win over Morecambe on the 1st April.

It is Barnsley's earliest away goal since James Norwood also netted after seven in a 4-0 win at Cheltenham on the 18th February.

This draw edges the two clubs every closer to having achieved each result an equal amount of times - this was the 11th draw between the clubs to go alongside 12 wins apiece.

They have drawn each of the last two meetings at the MEM.

Barnsley have lost just one of the last nine meetings spread over 31 years (W5 D3 L1)

However they have now won only one of the last 13 trips to the blue half of Bristol (W1 D5 L7) a 5-1 victory in November 1992.


Barnsley Team:

1. Liam Roberts

2. Jordan Williams

4. Kacper Lopata

5. Liam Kitching (c)

17. Barry Cotter

8. Herbie Kane

3. Jon Russell

7. Nicky Cadden

20. Callum Styles

44. Devante Cole

36. Max Watters


16. Andy Dallas (for Watters 59)

14. Oli Shaw (for Cole 75)

15. Kyran Lofthouse (for Russell 90+7)

38. Theo Chapman (for Cotter 90+7)

Unused Substitutes:

41. Jack Shepherd, 23. Ben Killip, 43. Charlie Winfield.


Bristol Rovers Team:

33. Matthew Cox

30. Luca Hoole

17. Connor Taylor

25. Tristan Crama

3. Lewis Gordon

6. Sam Finley (c)

8. Grant Ward

11. Luke Thomas

21. Antony Evans

10. Aaron Collins

9. John Marquis


4. Josh Grant (for Gordon 73)

7. Scott Sinclair (for Finley 73)

18. Ryan Loft (for Collins90+3)

23. Luke McCormick (for Evans90+3)

Unused Substitutes:

2. James Connolly, 35. Matthew Hall, 44. Ryan Jones.


Match Reports:

Official Website


Sky Sports


Sky Bet League One Results:


Bristol Rovers (15th) 1-1 BARNSLEY (5th)

                                        Cadden 7

Sinclair 81

Burton Albion (21st) 0-3 Derby County (9th)

                                       Collins 7

                                       Hourihane 78

                                       Washington 84

Cheltenham Town (20th) 0-3 Bolton Wanderers (1st)

                                              Charles 15

                                              Smith og 30

                                              Charles 33

Exeter City (7th) 0-0 Blackpool (8th)

Fleetwood Town (17th) 0-2 Cambridge United (2nd)

                                           Digby 31

                                           Ahadme 59

Leyton Orient (22nd) 0-4 Portsmouth (6th)

                                        Pack 23

                                        Bishop 44

                                        Beckles og 51

                                        Yengi pen 90+3

Lincoln City (10th) 3-0 Wycombe Wanderers (23rd)

Hackett-Fairchild 68

Bishop 73

Mandroiu 85

Oxford United (12th) 1-0 Carlisle United (16th)

Harris 76

Peterborough United (4th) 1-0 Charlton Athletic (11th)

Kyprianou 45+1

Port Vale (14th) 1-0 Reading (19th)

Garrity 72

Stevenage (3rd) 2-0 Shrewsbury Town (13th)

Pressley 58

Reid 87

Wigan Athletic (24th) 2-1 Northampton Town (18th)

                                         Hoskins 24

Hughes 72

McManaman 79


Barnsley lie in 5th place in Sky Bet League One with 4 points from 12 games. We are Goal Difference inside the Play-Offs, 2 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 2 points off First Place and 4 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 13/8/23


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Three: Barnsley v Peterborough United, Tuesday 15th August 2023. Kick Off: 7:45pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Five: Wigan Athletic v Barnsley, Saturday 26th August 2023. Kick Off: 3pm