Stoke City 1-1 Barnsley

Last updated : 17 September 2021 By Rob Miles

Barnsley picked up their fourth draw in seven league matches and their third 1-1 of the season.

They have now drawn the joint most in the division in 2021-2022 along with Millwall and Derby who have the exact same record as the Reds W1 D4 L2.

It is the second season in a row that Barnsley have drawn four of their first seven matches with the only exception from last season being that they have also won one of those seven this time around.

However only losing two of their first seven league games is Barnsley’s lowest tally at this stage of a second tier season since 2016-2017.

After falling behind Barnsley equalised with a stunning 30 yard freekick from captain Cauley Woodrow, the first direct freekick goal scored by Barnsley since Woodrow’s predecessor as skipper Alex Mowatt netted at QPR in March.

A super display by goalkeeper Brad Collins helped the Reds preserve a point, capped off by his second penalty save of the season, the first time a Reds stopper has saved two spotkicks in a season since Adam Davies in 2018-2019 (v Peterborough and Portsmouth)

In all competitions Barnsley have won only one of their first eight matches - their worst start since 2019-2020 when they won only one of the first 19.

Barnsley have failed to win any of their first four away league games now in each of their last four Championship seasons.

They are winless in seven away games (all comps) since a 1-0 win at Huddersfield on 21st April. It is their longest winless away run since failing to win any of their first seven games on the road in 2020-2021.

Barnsley have won only one of their last seven meetings with Stoke (W1 D4 L2)

Remarkably each of the past four stalemates have been 0-0, 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3.

They are winless in their last 10 visits to the Potteries.

Indeed they have won only one of their last 11 visits in all competitions.

Stoke’s Tommy Smith was red carded in this game, the second successive season a Stoke player has been sent off in this fixture.

Stoke won 12 corners in the game, the most by a Barnsley opponent since Brentford at Oakwell in November 2020 (also 12)

Barnsley had nine shots – their most in a game this season, with their four on target their joint most.


Barnsley Team:

40. Brad Collins

24. Aapo Halme

30. Michal Helik

15. Jasper Moon

20. Toby Sibbick

21. Romal Palmer

7. Callum Brittain

4. Callum Styles

9. Cauley Woodrow

11. Aaron Leya Iseka

28. Dominik Frieser


29. Victor Adeboyejo (for Leya Iseka 45)

17. Claudio Gomes (for Palmer 45)

23. William Hondermarck (for Sibbick 79)

Unused Substitutes:

1. Jack Walton, 22. Clarke Oduor, 32. Jason Sraha, 44. Devante Cole.


Stoke Team:

12. Josef Bursik

19. Leo Østigard

36. Harry Souttar

16. Ben Wilmot

2. Tommy Smith

28. Romaine Sawyers

4. Joe Allen

8. Mario Vrancic

14. Josh Tymon

22. Sam Surridge

18. Jacob Brown


7. Sam Clucas (for Allen 73)

27. Abdallah Sima (for Brown 76)

11. Alfie Doughty (for Surridge 86)

Unused Substitutes:

1. Adam Davies, 6. Danny Batth, 15. Jordan Thompson, 23. Tom Ince.

Stoke manager Michael O’Neill said:

"We were trying to win the game and Dean Holden went in there trying to get the ball back. It was clear the Barnsley staff were trying to slow the game down. But a punch was thrown and the next thing you know there's 20 or 30 people involved.

"There was nothing really behind it, other than us trying to retrieve the ball. I won't ever be angry with my staff for that. We were attempting to get the game going again and trying to win the game with 10 men.

"I'm not sure how we ended with two of our staff being sent off, but I've no issue with my staff sticking up for one another.

"The ball seemed to run away from Tommy Smith a bit. If you slow it down, the challenge doesn't look great. I don't think there was any malice there, though. And the reaction of their player was a bit excessive."


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                                  Pearson 54

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Sheffield United (19th) 2-2 Preston North End (14th)

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                                Woodrow 38

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Barnsley lie in 17th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 7 points from 7 games. We are 6 points off the Play-Offs, 8 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 9 points off First Place and 2 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 17/9/21


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Eight: Barnsley v Blackburn Rovers, Saturday 18th September 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Nine: Blackpool v Barnsley, Saturday 25th September 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm