Fleetwood 1-3 Barnsley

Last updated : 30 September 2018 By Rob Miles

Barnsley got back to winning ways after losing their unbeaten start at Coventry last time out. They have won nine of their last 13 away League One matches.

The Reds extended their unbeaten run at Fleetwood. They have now won two and drawn two of their four visits there in all competitions with one of those draws being in the Johnstones Paint Trophy Northern Final which Barnsley won on penalties.

This was however only Barnsley's second victory overall against Fleetwood (7 meetings)

Barnsley are the first team to score as many as three times against Fleetwood this season - prior to this game only one other opponent had managed to score more than once against them in League One (Rochdale 2)

Barnsley conceded in the first half for only the second time in League One this season (also at Scunthorpe) In both of the games The Reds came back to take points.

It is the first time Barnsley have conceded the first goal and come back to win for 20 months in league action. The last time it occurred was the 21st January 2017 when they went 1-0 down to Leeds at Oakwell but came back to win 3-2. Since then they have conceded the first goal in 35 league matches and come back to gain a total of eight points.

It is though the second time it has occurred in all competitions this season following the comeback 2-1 win at Oldham in the Checkatrade Trophy.

It is the first time the Reds have conceded first on the road in the league and come back to win in nearly two years, last doing so in December 2016 at Cardiff (won 4-3)

That Cardiff game is also the last time Barnsley conceded the first goal but still led at half time.

Barnsley won 3-1 away from home on this weekend for the second successive year and just like 12 months ago Mamadou Thiam scored the decisive third goal - he has scored in only one other game for Barnsley, a brace in the 4-0 opening day win against Oxford.

His goal at Highbury arrived in the 93rd minute, the latest Barnsley have scored since Oli McBurnie's 93rd minute equaliser against Bolton in April.

Thiam's goal was the third league strike by a substitute this season, Adeboyejo had scored the other two in the first two games.

Barnsley led 2-1 at half time, the first time there has been three goals in the first half of a Barnsley game since January when four were scored in the first 19 minutes of a 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

It is the second time in four away league matches that Barnsley have scored twice in the first half (also at Rochdale) prior to this they had only managed to do it twice in 18 away matches.

Jacob Brown scored his first career goal, he is the second Barnsley academy graduate to get off the mark this season after Victor Adeboyejo.

Kieffer Moore scored his seventh goal of the season, to move him into joint second in the league's scoring lists behind only Doncaster's John Marquis (8)

Moore has now scored 20 goals in 29 League One appearances for Rotherham and Barnsley.

This was Fleetwood's first home defeat since the opening game of the season, Joey Barton has now lost back to back league games for the first time as a manager.

Fleetwood's goal was scored by Sheffield born Harrison Biggins who was in Barnsley's academy but never featured for the first team.

Barnsley enjoyed 51% ball possession, only at Bradford (49%) have they failed to have more ball possession than their opponents this season.

Barnsley had "only" 11 shots on goal, their joint lowest of the season (also v Wimbledon), they have though had more shots than their opponents in all nine league games so far.

Fleetwood won eight corners, the most by a Barnsley opponent this season, whilst Barnsley won only four, their lowest amount this season.

Barnsley gave away 17 fouls, the most this season, Fleetwood conceded 14 freekicks, giving a total of 31 in the match, the most in a Barnsley match since the Bolton home game in April (33)

Four Barnsley players were booked (Pinillos, Moncur, Brown and Moore) the most since the aforementioned Bolton game (5) Moncur and Moore were also booked in that game.


Barnsley Team:

1. Adam Davies

12. Dimitri Cavare

5. Ethan Pinnock

18. Adam Jackson

23. Dani Pinillos

21. Mike Bahre

4. Kenny Dougall

27. Alex Mowatt

10. George Moncur 

33. Jacob Brown 

19. Kieffer Moore


26. Mamadou Thiam (for Moncur 68)

29. Victor Adeboyejo (for Bahre 78)

8. Cameron McGeehan (for Brown 87)

Unused Substitutes:

13. Jack Walton

6. Liam Lindsay

7. Ryan Hedges

20. Brad Potts


Fleetwood Team:

1. Alex Cairns, 2. Lewie Coyle, 5. Ashley Eastham, 6. Tommy Spurr, 26. James Husband, 18. Ryan Taylor, 27. Harrison Biggins, 4. Jason Holt, 7. Wes Burns, 9. Ched Evans, 23. Ross Wallace.


12. Cian Bolger (for Spurr 36)

14. Chris Long (for Holt 67)

8. Kyle Dempsey (for Biggins 72)

Unused Substitutes:

 31. Billy Crellin, 3. Eddie Clarke, 19. Gethin Jones, 29. Nathan Sheron.

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton said:

“It was bizarre game to be honest. I thought we started off really well and took the lead, and from there I thought we were going to go on and put a good team away. We then had a mad 10-15 minutes before half-time, but then came out in the second half ready and I thought we responded really well.

“We looked like the team with the ascendancy and as the game goes on, you push to try and grab that goal, and that’s where they countered and got the goal. In the build-up, I don’t know how a free-kick wasn’t given.

“You have to accept that at 2-1 down you might lose 3-1, but I would much prefer for us to have a go and try to get back into the game. The lads deserved more today as I thought we were excellent, a part from a small window.

"This will be part of our progression. I thought we were better today than we were last week and the lads put in a lot of effort, but when you run into a decent side, they will be more clinical.

“We go again on Tuesday, and that is the good thing about this league. You get a quick turnaround to put a result behind you.”


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SkyBet League One results:

Saturday 29th September 2018:


(14th) Coventry City 1-1 Sunderland (4th)

                                          Cattermole 49

Clarke-Harris 68

(16th) AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Oxford United (23rd)

Wagstaff 20

Pigott 32

                                             Brannagan 44

(22nd) Bradford City 0-0 Bristol Rovers (18th)

(15th) Burton Albion 0-0 Scunthorpe United (10th)

(11th) Fleetwood 1-3 Barnsley (5th)

Biggins 19

                                    Brown 32

                                    Moore 41

                                    Thiam 90+3

(12th) Luton Town 2-2 Charlton Athletic (6th)

                                       Fosu-Henry pen 23

Cornick 74

Collins 81

                                       Solly 90+5

(2nd) Peterborough United 2-2 Blackpool (9th)

Bennett 27

                                                     Gnanduillet 58

O'Hara 64

                                                     Delfouneso 66

(24th) Plymouth Argyle 2-3 Doncaster Rovers (3rd)

                                               Marquis 18

Lameiras 40

                                               Blair 57

                                               Marquis 90

Carey 90+6

(17th) Rochdale 1-3 Portsmouth (1st)

Wilbraham 4

                                   Lowe 25

                                   Pitman 71

                                   Clarke 81

(19th) Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Gillingham (21st)

                                                 Hanlan 18

Angol 59

Norburn 88

                                                 Eaves 90

(7th) Walsall 0-1 Accrington Stanley (8th)

                             Kee pen 7

(20th) Wycombe Wanderers 2-3 Southend United (13th)

                                                       Robinson 38

                                                       Hopper 53

                                                       Cox 57

Mackail-Smith 83

Akinfenwa 86


Barnsley lie in 5th place in Sky Bet League One with 18 points from 9 games.

We are Goal Difference inside the Play-Offs, 5 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 6 points off First place and 10 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 30/09/18


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Ten: Barnsley v Plymouth Argyle, Tuesday 2nd October 2018. Kick-Off: 7:45pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Eleven: Peterborough United v Barnsley, Saturday 6th October 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm