Fleetwood Town 1-2 Barnsley

Last updated : 19 February 2024 By Rob Miles

Barnsley’s incredible away run continues as victory at relegation threatened Fleetwood (a club that has never beaten the Reds on their own patch) extended their record to just one defeat on the road from 16 league games in 2023-2024 and just one defeat from 20 stretching back to April 2023 (excluding Wembley - W10 D9)

Nobody in the top four tiers of English football have lost as little as one away with Liverpool and Leicester the next best with two.

The Reds also have the best points per game ratio away from home in League One this season with their 33 points from 16 games (2.06 ppg) just shading Derby and Portsmouth who have 35 points from 17 games (2.05 ppg)

This victory was Barnsley’s ninth on the road in the league this season, now just one less than they managed from their 23 away games in 2022-2023.

After Sam Cosgrove’s opener had given Barnsley the lead, the Reds were pegged back to 1-1 before Herbie Kane scored for the second successive match to win it – it is the second time this season Kane has netted in successive matches.

Kane had netted three times in his first 17 league appearances of the season, but has scored six times in the subsequent 13 including three in his last six.

Both Barnsley goals were assisted by Adam Phillips, the second Barnsley player to set up two goals in a game after Barry Cotter in the opening 7-0 thrashing of Port Vale and the first on the road since Luca Connell in a 5-1 thumping of Forest Green in April 2023.

It puts Phillips on five assists for the season, the joint most for the club so far in 2023-2024 with Kane and Corey O’Keeffe.

Phillips has now had five direct goal involvements in the last four matches, scoring twice and assisting three – the goal at Shrewsbury in midweek the only goal in those four games he hasn’t been involved in.

Barnsley’s last five games have either finished 1-1 or 2-1 – they have drawn 1-1 twice, won 2-1 twice and lost 2-1 once and incredibly eight of the last nine matches have finished with one of those two scorelines – drew 1-1, won 2-1, won 2-1, won 1-0, lost 2-1, drew 1-1, won 2-1, drew 1-1, won 2-1.

Barnsley have now scored in 16 successive league games (W9 D6 L1), their longest scoring league streak since a run of 17 between Boxing Day 2012 and 1st April 2013 in the Championship. (W9 D2 L6)

This victory saw Barnsley hit the 60 point mark (from 32 games) – the exact same amount as they had at this stage last season. To reach it in 2022-2023 they had won 18 drew 6 and lost 8, scoring 49 goals and conceding 28. In 2023-2024 they have won one game less, drew three more, lost two less, scored nine more goals and conceded eight more.

Barnsley have netted 58 league goals in their 32 games, only Peterborough (60) have scored more with Portsmouth and Derby also scoring 58, however Portsmouth have played 34 games and Derby 33.

They have scored 28 of those away from home, only Derby (30) have netted more away league goals in League One this season.

This victory put Barnsley seven points clear of the play-off chasing pack – the biggest gap they have had to seventh place this season.

Mael de Gevigney picked up his seventh booking of the season, six have come in the last eight games and he saw yellow for the fourth successive match.

Barnsley continued their unbeaten record at Highbury which now sits at six matches in all competitions – the Reds drew their first ever game there 0-0 in 2014 but have won all their other four league visits (with a 1-1 Johnstones Paint Trophy draw eventually won on penalties sandwiched inbetween)

This was only the second league meeting at Highbury (out of five) in which Fleetwood have scored.

Overall the two sides have met 12 times home and away, Barnsley failed to win any of the first four (losing twice at Oakwell) but have since won six of the following eight (D2)

Barnsley have scored at least twice in 50% of the meetings (6/12)

Fleetwood had 18 shots in total, the most by an opponent since Boxing Day when Port Vale had 22.


Barnsley Team:

1. Liam Roberts

26. Jamie McCart 

43. Josh Earl

6. Mael de Gevigney 

30. Adam Phillips

7. Nicky Cadden

48. Luca Connell

8. Herbie Kane

2. Jordan Williams

44. Devante Cole

9. Sam Cosgrove


5. Donovan Pines (for McCart 60)

45. John McAtee (for Cosgrove 72)

19. Aiden Marsh (for Cole 86)

Unused Substitutes:

23. Ben Killip, 22. Corey O’Keeffe, 17. Barry Cotter, 11. Conor Grant.


Fleetwood Team:

13. Jay Lynch

4. Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu

6. Elijah Campbell

16. Bene Heneghan

8. Gavin Kilkenny

5. Bosun Lawal

2. Carl Johnston

11. Ryan Broom

33. Ronan Coughlan

20. Promise Omochere

19. Ryan Graydon


9. Jayden Stockley (for Omochere 63)

15. Junior Quitirna (for Johnston 75)

44. Phoenix Patterson (for Graydon 75)

26. Shaun Rooney (for Broom 83)

Unused Substitutes:

30. Stephen McMullan, 12. Imari Samuels, 10. Danny Mayor.

SkyBet League One Results:


Bolton Wanderers (3rd) 3-3 Charlton Athletic (20th)

Adeboyejo 19

                                               Small 22

                                               Jones 40

Maghoma 51

                                                Kanu 61

Bodvarsson 71

Carlisle United (24th) 0-4 Cambridge United (16th)

                                           Kaikai 14

                                           Lavelle og 69

                                           Kachunga 72

                                           Bennett 83

Cheltenham Town (21st) 3-2 Port Vale (22nd)

                                                Smith 25

Taylor 45+2

                                                Davies og 65

Shepherd 69

Ferry 73

Derby County (2nd) 1-0 Stevenage (7th)

Sibley 90

Fleetwood Town (23rd) 1-2 BARNSLEY (4th)

                                              Cosgrove 23

Lawal 32    

                                              Kane 59

Leyton Orient (9th) 1-2 Burton Albion (17th)

Moncur pen 43

                                        Bennett 72

                                        Nsiala 76

Lincoln City (10th) 1-0 Exeter City (14th)

Taylor 67

Northampton Town (11th) 3-1 Bristol Rovers (12th)

Brough 3

Pinnock 40

                                                  Martin 79

Leonard 84

Peterborough United (5th) 1-2 Blackpool (8th)

Kyprianou 39

                                                   Lavery pen 56     

                                                   Dembele 90+1

Portsmouth (1st) 4-1 Reading (18th)

Lane 36

Pack 49

Lang 59

Bishop 84

                                Savage 89

Shrewsbury Town (19th) 0-1 Wigan Athletic (13th)

                                                 Smith 57

Wycombe Wanderers (15th) 0-0 Oxford United (6th)


Barnsley lie in 4th place in Sky Bet League One with 60 points from 32 games. We are 7 points inside the Play-Offs, 6 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 12 points off First Place and 28 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 18/2/24


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Thirty Three: Barnsley v Derby County, Saturday 24th February 2024. Kick Off: 3pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Thirty Four: Wycombe Wanderers v Barnsley, Saturday 2nd March 2024. Kick Off: 3pm