Middlesbrough 0-2 Barnsley

Last updated : 18 September 2020 By Rob Miles

Barnsley have advanced to the third round of the League Cup for the first time in three years with a convincing 2-0 win at Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

They will now meet Premier League heavyweights Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next midweek, a stadium they have not played at since January 1998 when they lost 2-0 in a Premier League game.

Ironically the last time they reached the third round of this competition they also met a London Premier League heavyweight away – losing 1-0 to Tottenham at Wembley.

Barnsley have progressed to the third round of the League Cup without conceding a goal for the first time ever!

Indeed it is the first time they have kept two clean sheets in one edition of the competition since 2000-2001 when the earlier rounds were two legged affairs and the Reds won 1-0 in the first round first leg at Rotherham (winning 3-2 in the second leg) and then defeated Crewe 7-0 on aggregate in the second round.

Barnsley secured their passage by scoring two first half goals, for the first time in 29 matches (all comps) since scoring twice against QPR in December 2019.

It is the first time Barnsley have scored two first half goals away from home since October 2019 when they led 2-0 at the break at West Brom.

It is the first time Barnsley have held a two goal lead at the break in the League Cup since the second round of 2015-2016 when they led 2-0 against Premier League Everton – yet went on to lose 5-3.

In the first three games of 2020-2021 only one team has scored in the three games (a 2-0 win, 1-0 win and 1-0 defeat) the second successive season this has happened (1-0 win, 2-0 defeat, 3-0 defeat)

This victory ended a run of three successive defeats at the Riverside for Barnsley and is only their second win in 11 visits to Boro.

It is also their first cup win against the Teesiders from six such matches. Previously they had:

  • Lost 4-1 in the League Cup – 1967
  • Lost 2-1 in the FA Cup – 1981
  • Lost 1-0 in the League Cup – 1991
  • Lost 3-0 in the Anglo-Italian Cup – 1993
  • Lost 2-0 in the FA Cup - 2015

Remarkably it is also the first time they have EVER won by two goals at Middlesbrough (and only the fifth victory there overall) previously winning 2-1 in 1956, 1-0 in 1990, 1-0 in 1992 and 3-2 in 2013.

Patrick Schmidt grabbed the opener after 22 minutes – it is his fourth goal for the club but his first before the 82nd minute of a game and his first when starting a game (albeit he has only started three games)

Luke Thomas set up both goals, the first Red to assist two goals in a game since Jacob Brown against Huddersfield in January.

Brad Collins made his first start since the final game prior to lockdown and kept his fifth clean sheet (from 23 appearances)

The Reds have now won each of the last 13 games in which they have scored the first goal of the game (Fulham, Huddersfield, Crewe, Millwall, QPR, Middlesbrough, Hull, QPR, Blackburn, Nottingham Forestx2, Brentford, Middlesbrough), last failing to do so against Reading in December (1-1)

Barnsley are unbeaten in successive away games for the first time since February.

Barnsley only won two corners, their lowest since winning only one at West Brom in October 2019.


Barnsley Team:

40. Brad Collins

6. Mads Andersen

30. Michal Helik

26. Michael Sollbauer

2. Jordan Williams

17. Marcel Ritzmaier

27. Alex Mowatt

14. Kilian Ludewig

28. Dominik Frieser

19. Patrick Schmidt

16. Luke Thomas


4. Callum Styles (for Ludewig 45)

9. Cauley Woodrow (for Thomas 61)

24. Aapo Halme (for Sollbauer 69)

Unused Substitutes:

29. Victor Adeboyejo, 11. Conor Chaplin, 25. George Miller, 1. Jack Walton


Middlesbrough Team

1. Marcus Bettinelli

2. Anfernee Dijksteel

6. Dael Fry

15. Nathan Wood

33. Hayden Coulson

8. Lewis Wing

7. Marcus Tavernier

5. Sam Morsy

27. Marc Bola

12. Marcus Browne

11. Ashley Fletcher


17. Paddy McNair (Dijksteel 45)

24. Samuel Folarin (for Fletcher 69)

16. Jonny Howson (for Morsy 69)

Unused Substitutes:

9. Britt Assombalonga, 31. Sam Byram, 3. Marvin Johnson, 29. Djed Spence.

Middlesbrough assistant manager Ronnie Jepson said:

"Quite a few players were playing together for the first time so it was a good opportunity for our gaffer to see the lads and try and get one or two up to speed.

"Sam Morsy came in and he's only played 70 minutes in the last couple of weeks so it was good to get him in.

"Overall, it was positive and I thought in the second half we grew into it a little bit and got on the front foot. The main aim was to give people minutes and give everyone a chance."


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Middlesbrough 0-2 BARNSLEY

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                               Williams 34

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                              Barkhuizen 79

                             Johnson pen 90+2

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                            Scully 6

                            Montsma 29

                            Jones 41

                            Morton 90+3

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                                 Whitehead 49

Morris 75

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Fraser 35

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                            Watkins 39

                            Grealish 88

                            Davis 90+2

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Wildig 22

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                      Kachunga 54

                      Windass 88

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                        Biamou 61

Graham pen 90+4

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Leonard 19

Mahoney 49

Smith 62

                    Azaz 69

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                     Clark 24

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Twine 80

Oxford United 1-1 Watford

Hall 26

                              Sema 89

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Haller 22

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Anderson 80

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                             Watts 34

Dennis 55

McAnuff 74

Johnson 90+3



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                             Wilks 5

Alioski 90+3

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Keane 8

Sigurdsson 74

Kean pen 87

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                             Mitrovic 38

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Martin 43

Palmer 48

Semenyo 82

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                             Norgaard 40

                             Dasilva 45+1

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Harper 18

Robson-Kanu 22

Robinson 77



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                    McGoldrick 4

Vydra 67

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                                                   Brown 86

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MacAllister 38

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Bernardo 57

Gyokeres 71


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Two: Reading v Barnsley, Saturday 19th September 2020. Kick-Off: 3pm.

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Three: Barnsley v Coventry City, Saturday 26th September 2020. Kick-Off: 3pm