Barnsley were brought back down to earth with a bump after their fantastic 2015-2016 as they suffered defeat on the road for the first time in 11 games and only the second time in 2016.
They have though now lost four of their last five Championship away games.
The Reds’ poor opening day form continued. This is their 72nd season in the second tier and they have won only 22 opening day games in it.
Their recent overall opening day record is poor too; they have now lost each of their last four season openers and have won only two of the last 12.
Barnsley conceded four goals on the opening day for the third time in the past seven seasons and the fourth time this millennium. They have gone on to be relegated on two of those occasions.
They scored as many as twice on the opening day however for only the third time in 12 seasons.
There were six goals in the game yesterday, the most in a Barnsley opener for 21 years when seven were scored in a 4-3 defeat at Crystal Palace in 1995.
Following promotion Barnsley have now lost each of their last three opening games in the higher level. The last time they won in their first match after a promotion was in 1981-1982 when they thumped Shrewsbury 4-0 in the Second Division after finished second in the Third Division the previous season.
Grant Ward bagged a hattrick in yesterday’s game, the first player to bag one against The Reds in a season opener since Sam Parkin in a 3-1 defeat at Swindon in 2002-2003.
The match was goal-less at half time and then saw six second half goals, the first time there has been this many goals in the second half of a match since The Reds 6-1 victory over Rochdale in January which was only 1-0 at the break.
This was Barnsley’s first defeat in 10 competitive matches and only their fourth in 30 in 2016.
Marley Watkins (for Winnall 4)
Stefan Payne (for Kent 73)
George Moncur (for Bradshaw 73)
Nick Townsend, Lewin Nyatanga, James Bree, Elliott Lee,
Sky Bet Championship results:
Friday 5th August 2016:
Fulham 1-0 Newcastle
Saturday 6th August 2016:
Birmingham 0-0 Cardiff
Blackburn 1-4 Norwich
Stokes 67 Murphy 12, Hoolahan 17, Jerome 25, Naismith 58
Bristol City 2-1 Wigan
Abraham 81 Gilbey 32
Derby 0-0 Brighton
Huddersfield 2-1 Brentford
Kachunga 50 Yennaris 77
Ipswich 4-2 BARNSLEY
Ward 46, Hourihane 49, Watkins 74
McGoldrick pen 63
Nottingham Forest 4-3 Burton
Assombalonga 23, Akins 27, Dyer 30, Naylor 90
Reading 1-0 Preston
Rotherham 2-2 Wolves
Ward 9 Saville 39, Bodvarsson 65
Sunday 7th August 2016:
QPR 3–0 Leeds
Chery pen 73
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Aston Villa
Barnsley lie in 22nd place in the Sky Bet Championship with 0 points from 1 game.
We are 3 points off the Play-Offs, 3 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 3 points off First place and Goal Difference inside the Relegation Zone.
Up to 7/8/16
EFL Cup First Round: Barnsley v Northampton Town, Tuesday 9th August. Kick-Off: 7:45pm.
East Stand Only:
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On The Road:
Sky Bet championship Matchday Four: Huddersfield Town v Barnsley: Saturday 20th August 2016. Kick-Off: 3pm
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