Barnsley have won four of their opening six league games, their best start to a season since 2003-2004 when they also won four of the first six.
That however was in the third tier, it is their best start to a season at this level since the memorable 1996-1997 campaign when they won five of the first six. At this stage of that season 20 years ago they were second in the league- a position Barnsley held yesterday until Newcastle’s last minute second goal at Derby.
The Reds continued their record of scoring in every game- the first time since 2012-2013 they have scored in their first seven games of a season (in all competitions)- they managed to score in the first ten that season.
Overall Barnsley have now scored in each of their last 12 matches- the 0-0 draw at Sheffield United in April is the last time they drew a blank.
They have hit 14 goals in their opening six league games- the most in the division and the most they have scored at this stage of a season since scoring 15 in the 1999-2000 season where they ended up reaching the Play-Off Final.
This was Barnsley’s first away win in the second tier in five games- they had lost the previous four.
Overall though (in Championship and League One) they have lost only two of their last 12 on the road, winning seven.
This was Barnsley’s 19th league win in 2016 (excluding play-offs) it is their most in a calendar year this century! Their previous best was 20 in 1999.
Barnsley have led at half-time in three of their six league games this season and won all three. In total they have won each of their last seven league games in which they have been in front at the break (including play-offs)
Two strikers scored in the same game for Barnsley (Winnall and Armstrong) for the first time this season and the first time since the 3-0 win over Bury in February (Winnall and Watkins) TWENTY EIGHT games ago!
A substitute striker scored for the second game running, Tom Bradshaw against Rotherham and Armstrong yesterday.
Sam Winnall bagged his 38th goal for Barnsley, moving him up to joint 43rd in the club’s all time list. He has 31 league goals in 62 starts (plus 16 sub)
Barnsley have won each of the last 11 games that Sam Winnall has scored in. Winnall has netted 18 goals in those 11 games.
Barnsley had 15 shots on goal yesterday (5 on target) their most away from home since the 3-1 Play-Off win at Walsall (16).
They also forced eight corners- their most on the road since also earning eight in the 2-0 win at Fleetwood in March.
Adam Armstrong scored a wonder debut goal for The Reds, only his eighth goal in 2016 after netting 13 in 2015. Incidentally he netted twice on his debut for Coventry last season.
Adam Davies received a yellow card yesterday, the first Barnsley goalkeeper to be booked since Nick Townsend at Scunthorpe in November- 47 games ago. It is Davies’ first ever yellow card.
Barnsley have only won seven times at Deepdale but have now won on three of their past four visits.
Adam Davies (YC)
Andy Yiadom (YC)
Marc Roberts (YC)
Adam Armstrong (for Kent 62)
Sam Morsy (for Winnall 65)
Cole Kpekawa (for Hammill 89)
Nick Townsend, Adam Jackson, Elliott Lee, Tom Bradshaw.
Sky Bet Championship results:
Friday 9th September 2016:
Reading 2-1 Ipswich
McCleary pen 45 Pitman pen 50
Williams pen 90+5
Saturday 10th September 2016:
Brighton 0-2 Brentford
Hogan 29, 70
Fulham 0-1 Birmingham
Donaldson pen 49
Leeds 0-1 Huddersfield
Norwich 3-2 Cardiff
Jerome 16 Pilkington 86, 90+4
Preston 1-2 Barnsley
McGeady 64 Winnall 27, Armstrong 79
QPR 1-1 Blackburn
Chery 65 Gallagher 73
Rotherham 2-2 Bristol City
Brown 6 Abraham 79, Reid 83
Flint og 58
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Wigan
Fletcher 29 Grigg 5
Wolves 1-1 Burton
Oniangue 77 Miller 90+4
Derby 0-2 Newcastle
Gouffran 20, Yedlin 90+1
Sunday 11th September 2016:
Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest
McCormack 72 Vellios 57, Lansbury 87
Barnsley lie in 3rd place in the Sky Bet Championship with 12 points from 6 games.
We are 2 points inside the Play-Offs, Goal Difference off the Automatic Promotion Places, 4 points off First place and 8 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 11/9/16
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Seven: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Barnsley: Tuesday 13th September 2016. Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Senior Over 65: £15
Young Adult (17-21): £15
Juvenile (12-16): £12
Juvenile Under 12: £10
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Eight: Barnsley v Reading, Saturday 17th September 2016. Kick-Off: 3pm.
Over 65: £16
17-21 years: £16
Under 17: £10
Under 12: £5
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