Barnsley ended their 10 match winless run with a fine New Year's Day victory at Sunderland. They have only made three visits to the Stadium of Light but have emerged with the three points on two occasions.
However those two victories are their only ones from their last ten trips to Sunderland (including Roker Park) and they have lost eight.
Barnsley have achieved a league double over the Black Cats for the first time since 1986-1987 - these are the only two occasions they have achieved this feat.
Barnsley have now won their opening game of a calendar year for three years in a row - prior to this they had failed to win any of the previous 15!
A fifth successive Barnsley game was goal-less at half time - it is the first time this has happened since November-December 2007.
Barnsley have gone six league games without scoring a first half goal for the first time, their worst run since going eight games without one between February and April 2017, and have only scored one in their past 11 outings.
This was the ninth time a Barnsley match has been goal-less at half time in 2017-2018 (all competitions) and the first time the Reds have actually gone on to win the game. The last time they won a match which was goal-less at the break was 12 months ago at Rotherham (also 1-0)
Adam Davies received a yellow card for time-wasting, the first time a Barnsley keeper has been booked since Davies was shown a yellow against Huddersfield in February 2017 - it is the fourth time Davies has been booked in his Barnsley career.
Five Barnsley players were booked (Davies, Fryers, Lindsay, Potts and Bradshaw) the joint most Barnsley have received this season (also at Bolton)
Barnsley have kept two clean sheets in their past three matches and three in their last five.
For the second game in a row Ethan Pinnock headed in Barnsley's goal, the first time a defender has netted in successive matches since Alfie Mawson did so against Shrewsbury and then Rochdale in January 2016.
It is the first Barnsley have netted in successive matches at all since November.
Sunderland have now won one of their last 13 home league matches played on a Monday (D7 L5)
If you think Barnsley's home form is poor, share a thought for Sunderland, they have now won only one of their past 24 games at the Stadium of Light, stretching back to December 2016.
Chris Coleman lost against Barnsley for the first time, he had won three and drawn one of the four previous times he had met them as a manager.
Barnsley had 17 shots on goal, the joint most they have managed away from home this season - also 17 at Norwich.
There were though only five shots on target in total (2 for Sunderland 3 for Barnsley) the joint least in a Barnsley game this season - also 5 v Cardiff.
Jason McCarthy came on in the 94th minute, the latest Barnsley substitution this season
Tom Bradshaw (for Thiam 73)
George Moncur (for Gardner 74)
Jason McCarthy (for Hammill 90+4)
Nick Townsend, Cameron McGeehan, Stevie Mallan, Ike Ugbo.
Sky Bet Championship results:
Monday 1st January 2018:
Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Hull City
Derby County 1-1 Sheffield United
Vydra pen 24 Clarke 57
Leeds United 0-0 Nottingham Forest
Norwich City 2-1 Millwall
Trybull 52 Morison 44
Preston North End 2-3 Middlesbrough
Robinson 14 Ayala 13, 73, Howson 65
Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Cardiff City
Smith 62 Ralls pen 54
Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Burton Albion
Flanagan 37, Dyer 50, Naylor 89
Sunderland 0-1 BARNSLEY
Aston Villa 5-0 Bristol City
Snodgrass 34, 60
Tuesday 2nd January 2018:
Fulham 4-1 Ipswich Town
Sessegnon 69,74 Garner 45
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Brentford
Reading 0-2 Birmingham City
Maghoma 24, Gallagher 64
Barnsley lie in 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 26 points from 26 games.
We are 17 points outside the Play-Offs, 23 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 35 points off First place and 2 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 3/1/18
On The Road:
FA Cup Third Round: Millwall v Barnsley: Saturday 6th January 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twenty Seven: Barnsley v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Saturday 13th January 2018. Kick-Off: 3pm