Middlesbrough 1-0 Barnsley

Last updated : 28 November 2019 By Rob Miles

It's an 11th defeat from 18 Championship games. It is the quickest they have reach double figures for defeats since 2015-2016 when they suffered an 11th reverse in their 17th game - of course Barnsley went on to win promotion at the end of that campaign!

The club's current winless run stretches to 18 games in all competitions (D6 L12), their worst run since 1953 when they went 21 matches without a victory - failing to win any of their final 18 matches of 1952-1953 and the first three of 1953-1954 (D6 L15)

If you are looking for a small positive, this was only the fifth time this season (from 19 games) that Barnsley have managed to concede less than twice (also v Fulham, Wigan, Nottingham Forest and Swansea)

The Reds have gone 12 games without a clean sheet, their longest run since a run of 20 between 3rd October 2015 and 9th January 2016 (4 Football League Trophy games, 1 FA Cup, 15 League One)

Barnsley have picked up just two points on the road this season, the lowest amount in the division, it is the first time they have failed to win any of their first nine away league matches since 2001-2002 when they failed to win any of their first 12 (D3 L9), not tasting victory on the road that season until Boxing Day.

They have gone a total of 10 league away games without a win (D2 L8) for the first time since a run of 15 from 23rd February 2013 to 23rd November 2013 (D6 L9)

Barnsley have now won five of their last 49 Championship matches (D16 L28)

For the seventh time this season Barnsley had the most ball possession in a match they lost (also v Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham, Luton, Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Blackburn)

Ashley Fletcher scored the only goal thus ending Middlesbrough's 10 match winless run, he is the third ex Red to score against them this season (after Ben Pearson and Jacob Butterfield) the most in one season since 2017-2018 (3 - Conor Hourihane, Josh Scowen, Josh Brownhill)

It was only the 18th goal he has scored since the end of his loan spell at Oakwell in 2016.

Gerhard Struber has lost his first two games in charge, the first Barnsley manager to do this since David Flitcroft who lost his first two at home to Blackburn and then at Peterborough.

Middlesbrough have won three home league matches in a row against Barnsley for the first time since February 1984 (four in a row).

Barnsley are winless in five matches against Middlesbrough across all competitions (W0 D1 L4), since winning 3-2 in October 2013.

Barnsley avoided any bookings in a match for only the second time this season (also v Brentford)

Barnsley Team:
1. Sami Radlinger
12. Dimitri Cavare
5. Bambo Diaby
6. Mads Andersen
3. Ben Williams
27. Alex Mowatt (C)
10. Mike Bahre
16. Luke Thomas
9. Cauley Woodrow
7. Jacob Brown
8. Cameron McGeehan (for Bahre 69)
19. Patrick Schmidt (for Thomas 73)
Unused Substitutes:
2. Jordan Williams, 4. Kenny Dougall, 21. Toby Sibbick, 22. Clark Oduor, 40. Bradley Collins.

Middlesbrough Team:
42. Aynsley Pears
16. Jonny Howson 
4. Daniel Ayala (C)
6. Dael Fry
2. Anfernee Dijksteel
17. Paddy McNair
26. Lewis Wing 
7. Marcus Tavernier
33. Hayden Coulson
9. Britt Assombalonga
11. Ashley Fletcher
27. Marc Bola (for Dijksteel 22)
8. Adam Clayton (for McNair 78)
Unused Substitutes:
1. Tomas Mejias, 25. Nathan Wood-Gordon, 35. Tyrone O'Neill, 37. Ben Liddle, 44. Hayden Hackney.

Match Reports:
Official Website
Sky Sports

Sky Bet Championship results:

Cardiff City (11th) 1-0 Stoke City (23rd)
Bacuna 11

Fulham (3rd) 3-0 Derby County (14th)
De Cordova-Reid 7
Mitrovic 40
Cairney 89

Huddersfield Town (19th) 1-1 Swansea City (6th)
                                               Fulton 18
Grant 41

Luton Town (21st) 2-1 Charlton Athletic (17th)
                                    Leko 7
Mpanzu 19
Brown 53

Millwall (12th) 2-2 Wigan Athletic (22nd)
Pilkington 3
Hutchinson 24
                              Robinson 56
Smith 60

Reading (18th) 0-1 Leeds United (2nd)
                               Harrison 87

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Brentford
Dack 11

Hull City 4-0 Preston North End
Bowen 30
Magennis pen 48
Grosicki 51
Bowen 77

Middlesbrough 1-0 BARNSLEY
Fletcher 54

Queens Park Rangers 0-4 Nottingham Forest
                                           Figueiredo 15
                                           Grabban 81
                                           Carvalho 88
                                           Semedo 90+1

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Birmingham City
                                         Gimenez 48
Harris 81

West Bromwich Albion 4-1 Bristol City
Gibbs 10
Costa Pereira 39
                                           Diedhiou 80
Robson-Kanu 82
Austin 87

Barnsley lie in 24th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 9 points from 18 games. We are 21 points outside the Play-Offs, 28 points outside the Automatic Promotion Places, 30 points outside First Place and 8 points inside the Relegation Zone.
Up to 28/11/19

Next Up:

At Oakwell:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Nineteen: Barnsley v Hull City, Saturday 30th November 2019. Kick-Off: 3pm

On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twenty: Cardiff City v Barnsley, Saturday 7th December 2019. Kick-Off: 3pm