Rochdale 0-4 Barnsley

Last updated : 22 August 2018 By Rob Miles

Barnsley have now collected 10 points from their opening four matches, their best start to a season since 2003-2004 when they also had 10 points from four and did not actually lose until the seventh game.

The Reds continue their history making run of not conceding yet this season - the first four games sets the new record.

This is also the first time in the club's history they have kept clean sheets in their opening two away league matches.

They are now the ONLY side in the Football League yet to concede a goal this season, whilst in the top four divisions only Barnsley and Liverpool are yet to be breached.

Daniel Stendel has become the first EVER Barnsley manager to scure four clean sheets in his first four league games in charge.

Kieffer Moore has now scored a hattrick in each of the last three seasons (one each for Torquay, Rotherham and Barnsley) He is the first Reds player to score a hattrick since Sam Winnall in January 2016.... against Rochdale!

Barnsley have now scored 15 goals in their past four meetings with Rochdale but this is the first time they have ever scored four at Spotland.

Moore is the first Reds player to score a hattrick away from home since Craig Davies bagged four goals in a 5-0 win at Birmingham in September 2012.

Indeed he is the first Barnsley player to score more than once on the road since Oli McBurnie at Birmingham in February.

Barnsley have won their opening two away league games for the first time since 2006-2007.

They are unbeaten in their first two away league games for the first time since 2014-2015.

The Reds have scored six goals in those first two away games, the most since 1995-1996 (also 6)

In total they have scored 10 goals in their opening four matches home and away, the best goalscoring start since 1999-2000 when they had 11 from four.

In all competitions Barnsley have scored 11 goals (from 5 games) again their best since 1999-2000 when they had 11 from five.

That season in total Barnsley went on to score 107 goals in all competitions.

Barnsley also now have the best goal difference in the Football League of +10.

Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis was substituted during the game, the first time there has been a goalkeeping change in a Barnsley match since April 2017 when Cardiff goalkeeper Allan McGregor was replaced at half time.

Barnsley had 23 shots on goal last night, their most on the road since September 2016 when they had 26 in another 4-0 win, at Wolves.

Nine of those shots were on target, their highest amount away from home since September 2017 when they also had nine in a 3-1 win at Millwall.

They restricted Rochdale to just one shot on target, their best return on the road since the first game of 2017 when Nottingham Forest only had one at the City Ground.

As well as scoring three, Moore set up Barnsley’s other effort from Brad Potts, the first Reds player to score and assist since McBurnie against Bolton in April.

Dani Pinillos set up two of Moore’s goals, the first Reds player to pick up two assists in one game since Harvey Barnes at Millwall last September.


Barnsley Team:

Adam Davies

Dimitri Cavare

Ethan Pinnock

Liam Lindsay

Dani Pinillos

Brad Potts

Kenny Dougall

Alex Mowatt

Mamadou Thiam

Kieffer Moore

Tom Bradshaw


Cameron McGeehan (for Dougall 66)

George Moncur (for Thiam 66)

Jordan Williams (for Cavare 79)

Unused Substitutes:

Jack Walton, Adam Jackson, Ben Williams, Victor Adeboyejo.


Rochdale Team:

Josh Lillis, Kgosi Ntlhe, Jimmy McNulty, Ryan Delaney, Harrison McGahey, MJ Williams, Calvin Andrew, Matty Done, David Perkins, Andy Cannon, Ian Henderson.


Joe Rafferty (for McNulty 45)

Magnus Norman (for Lillis 61)

Jordan Williams (for Cannon 80)

Unused Substitutes:

Callum Camps, Oliver Rathbone, Aaron Wilbraham, Bradden Inman.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill said:

“By a country mile, that’s the best Barnsley side that has beaten me,”

“We’ve been beaten by an excellent side who took advantage of our mistakes as well.

“We’re playing against an excellent side, and as I explained to the players last night, I watched a good Crystal Palace side take Liverpool, who are an excellent side, all the way because of energy, spirit and no mistakes, and we made far too many mistakes, including for the two goals in the first half. 

“Barnsley are a good side and they’re going to create chances and try to nullify us, and the score line could have been anything above four goals. I’ve been beaten by five goals and six goals against Barnsley in the past and I’ve been beaten by four goals tonight against the best side that have beaten us, but looking at those two mistakes in the first half, they are elementary mistakes. 

“We have to get that right or the confidence will ebb away from the players and it will be doom and gloom instead of happy, happy, happy. I’ve got to remind the players of that and the supporters, it sounds like.

“We’ve got to remember we’re only four games in, but it’s a hard one to take and it’s even harder for the players.”


Match Reports:

Official Website


Sky Sports


SkyBet League One results:

Saturday 18th August 2018:

(12th) AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Walsall (5th)

                                              Morris 16

                                              Nightingale og 70

                                              Cook 79

Appiah 87

(11th) Blackpool 2-0 Coventry City (16th)

Cullen 48

Dodoo 80

(10th) Bradford City 1-0 Burton Albion (20th)

Payne 32

(19th) Bristol Rovers 1-2 Portsmouth (2nd)

                                              Evans 32

Lines pen 76

                                               Curtis 87

(14th) Charlton Athletic 0-1 Peterborough United (1st)

                                                Cummings pen 89

(7th) Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Shrewsbury Town (22nd)


(15th) Luton Town 2-0 Southend United (13th)

Lee 2

Hylton pen 33

(24th) Oxford United 2-3 Accrington Stanley (8th)

Whyte 27

                                            Norman og 43

Browne 57

                                            Kee 62

                                            Kee pen 79

(21st) Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers (23rd)

Ladapo 4

                                               Bloomfield 84

(17th) Rochdale 0-4 BARNSLEY (3rd)

                                   Potts 35

                                   Moore 42

                                   Moore 48

                                   Moore 68


Wednesday 22nd August 2018:

(9th) Gillingham 1-4 Sunderland (4th)

Eaves 3          

                                    Maguire 4

                                    Honeyman 18

                                    Power 20

                                    Maja 59

(18th) Scunthorpe United 0-5 Fleetwood Town (6th)

                                                   Evans 16

                                                   Evans 18

                                                   Burns 21

                                                   Burns 29

                                                   Hunter 56


Barnsley lie in 3rd place in Sky Bet League One with 10 points from 4 games.

We are 3 points inside the Play-Offs, 2 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 2 points off First place and 8 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 22/08/18


Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Five: Scunthorpe United v Barnsley, Saturday 25th August 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Six: Barnsley v Gillingham, Saturday 1st September 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm