Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Barnsley

Last updated : 17 March 2019 By Rob Miles

Barnsley drew 0-0 for the second successive match, it is the second time this season they have had back-to-back goal-less draws, the first time this has happened since 2016-2017

It means Barnsley have drawn 0-0 in four of their last six matches, and both have come back-back, the only occasions this season that the Reds have gone two games without scoring.

It was the Reds fourth goal-less draw in seven outings, as many as in their previous 54 games (all comps)

This was their sixth 0-0 draw of the season, the most since 2016-2017 (also six)

This was the 16th time this season a Barnsley match has been goal-less at half time (all comps) and Barnsley have only gone on to win five.

It is the Reds most half-time 0-0s since 2016-2017 (17)

On a more positive note it was Barnsley's SIXTH successive clean sheet, the first time they have done this since 1984 (also six) when they kept successive shut outs against Crystal Palace, Leeds, Brighton, Charlton, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United in the second tier.

It was Barnsley's 19th league clean sheet of the season, the MOST in the top four tiers of English football.

It is the most clean sheets Barnsley have kept in one season (excluding playoffs) since the League One promotion season of 2005-2006 when they also kept 19.

Barnsley have conceded only 28 goals in 38 League One games, the best defensive record now in the entire Football League.

This result extended Barnsley's unbeaten away run to eight league matches, their best run since a run of nine in 2016 (including play-offs semi-final)

This was the first goal-less draw between the two teams at Doncaster since 1973 - ending a run of 15 meetings there with at least one goal scored.

This result also means that both meetings this season have ended in a stalemate (1-1 and 0-0) for the first time since 2013-2014 (0-0, 2-2)

Barnsley have failed to win any of their last five games played on a Friday (D3 L2) since a 3-2 League One victory over Colchester in November 2014.

Kenny Dougall was forced off with an injury just 18 minutes into the game - later revealed to be a broken leg which rules him out for the rest of the season - the second time this season he has been substituted in the first half after being forced off with injury 21 minutes into a 3-1 defeat at Shrewsbury in October.

Barnsley won their first three visits to the Keepmoat but have failed to win any of five since (D2 L3)

Indeed the Reds have now won only one of the last nine clashes home or away (D5 L3)

Doncaster are now unbeaten in ten home league games (W6 D4); they last went 10 without defeat in the third-tier or above in January 2007 when the club had only just begun playing at the Keepmoat Stadium and Barnsley are the first team to stop Rovers scoring at home in League One since Sunderland in October (scored in nine successive games since)

This result extended Barnsley's unbeaten league run to 18 games (W11 D7), last going longer without a loss in January 1981 (20 matches).

Barnsley have gone unbeaten in their first 14 league games of a calendar year (W8 D6) for the first time since 1939 (also 14 - W10 D4)

Doncaster had seven shots on target, the joint most by a Barnsley opponent this season (all comps) Oxford also had seven in January.

Barnsley started the game with three players with just nine league starts between them this season - Victor Adeboyejo (1), Jordan Williams (0), Ben Williams (8) whilst Zeki Fryers came on after 18 minutes for only his fourth league appearance of 2018-2019.


Barnsley Team:

1. Adam Davies (c)

12. Dimitri Cavare

6. Liam Lindsay 

5. Ethan Pinnock

22. Jordan Williams

29. Victor Adeboyejo

4. Kenny Dougall

27. Alex Mowatt

28. Ben Williams

26. Mamadou Thiam

9. Cauley Woodrow


3. Zeki Fryers (for Dougall 18)

21. Mike Bähre (for Thiam 59)

7. Ryan Hedges (for Jordan Williams 81)

Unused Substitutes:

13. Jack Walton, 15. Jordan Green, 18. Adam Jackson, 20. Callum Styles.


Doncaster Team:

13. Marko Marosi

17. Matty Blair

31. Paul Downing

6. Andy Butler

3. Danny Andrew

15. Herbie Kane

8. Ben Whiteman

10. Tommy Rowe (c)

7. Mallik Wilks

9. John Marquis

26. James Coppinger


11. Ali Crawford (for Rowe 67)

22. Kieran Sadlier (for Coppinger 76)

19. Alfie May (for Wilks 82)

Unused Substitutes:

12. Tom Anderson, 18. Tyler Smith, 33. Louis Jones, 44. Aaron Lewis.

Doncaster manager Grant McCann said:

 "I thought we were very good first half - the tempo we play at, the energy we played with. We were unlucky not to take the lead with a couple of good chances.

"Second half the game got stretched a little and I thought it was quite even, really. But it's a point for us against a very good Barnsley team and we can build on it."


Match Reports:

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League One results:

Friday 15th March 2019:

Doncaster Rovers 0-0 BARNSLEY


Saturday 16th March 2019:

Accrington Stanley P-P Rochdale

Bristol Rovers 0-0 Charlton Athletic

Burton Albion 3-0 Blackpool

Boyce 6

Allen 34

Akins 68

Fleetwood Town 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

Holt 77

Hunter 80

Luton Town 2-2 Gillingham

Hylton 45

                             Eaves 53

Stacey 67

                             O'Neill 79

Oxford United 1-0 Bradford City

Mackie 90+4

Peterborough United 1-2 Coventry City

                                            Bakayoko 42

                                            Enobakhare 49

Reed 90+8

Portsmouth 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Bogle 71

Lowe 87

Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers

                                      McCarthy 67

Beckles 87

Norburn pen 90+3

Southend United 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

                                    Pigott 67

Sunderland 2-1 Walsall

                           Gordon 4

Cattermole 33

Grigg 71


Barnsley remain in 2nd place in Sky Bet League One with 75 points from 38 games. We are 18 points inside the Play-Offs, 2 points inside the Automatic Promotion Places, 5 points off First Place and 33 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 17/03/19


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Thirty Nine: Walsall v Barnsley, Saturday 23rd March 2019. Kick-Off: 12noon

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Forty: Barnsley v Coventry City, Saturday 30th March 2019. Kick-Off: 3pm