Swindon 0-1 Barnsley

For the second season in a row Barnsley have won six league games in a row, the only two occasions in the past 36 years.

Lee Johnson is the first Barnsley manager since Norman Hunter in 1980 to be in charge for six successive league victories. He was in charge for only four of the six last season.

The Reds have now won four away games in a row, the last three of which being accompanied with clean sheets. It is the first time they have won four successive away games since the final away game of the 1995-1996 season and the first three of the historic 1996-1997 campaign. You have to again go back to 1980 for the last it occurred in the one season, as they beat Plymouth 3-1 and then Exeter, Portsmouth and Burnley all by 1-0 scorelines. Needless to say The Reds were promoted that season, finishing runners-up to Rotherham in the Third Division.

It is the first time they have had three away shut outs in a row for 11 years since their last promotion season of 2005-2006 and they are the club’s ONLY away clean sheets this season.

They have gone seven games in a row in all competitions without conceding a first half goal and have conceded only one in their last ten and  a Barnsley league game was goal-less at half time yesterday for the first time since October (15 games)

The Reds have also now only failed to score in one of their last 15 games in all competitions.

Barnsley have won seven of their last eight league matches; a 2-0 home defeat to Wigan is the only blemish.

Since losing eight league games in a row Barnsley have won eight of the following 11, losing just one.

Barnsley have actually won four of their last five on the road with a 3-2 defeat at Peterborough the only blemish and they have kept three clean sheets in their past four games overall after failing to keep one in any of the previous 18!

Barnsley had 16 efforts on goal at the County Ground compared to just six for the home side, they also had 16 at Bradford on Tuesday.

They are still unbeaten in 2016 and have won every league game in January. It is the first time they have remained unbeaten throughout the first month of a calendar year since 2005. However they drew five of the six games they played then, winning just the once.

In midweek Marley Watkins got the Barnsley winner in the second minute, yesterday Sam Winnall got it in the second to last.

It was that man Winnall’s 15th league goal of the season, the first Barnsley player to reach this tally since Michael Chopra notched 17 in 2004-2005.

Winnall has bagged nine of those goals in his last six league outings and has scored in five of Barnsley’s last six league games.

He is now out on his own as the second top scorer in the division, two behind Coventry’s Adam Armstrong (17)

It was his 29th goal for the club (and 24th league strike in 45 starts) taking him to joint 62nd in the club’s all time scorers list, level with Jimmy Proudfoot and Gordon Owen.

This was Swindon’s first defeat of 2016 and their first under manager Luke Williams.

 

Barnsley Team:

Adam Davies

James Bree

Kevin Long

Alfie Mawson

George Williams

Lloyd Isgrove (YC)

Josh Brownhill

Conor Hourihane (YC)

Marley Watkins

Ashley Fletcher

Sam Winnall

Substitutes:

Josh Scowen (for Fletcher 68)

Unused Substitutes:

Nick Townsend, Marc Roberts, Jak McCourt, Otis Khan, Matty Templeton, Harry White.

 

Match Reports:

Official Website

BBC

Sky Sports

 

Sky Bet League One results:

Saturday 30th January 2016:

Blackpool 1-0 Gillingham

Redshaw 45 pen

Bradford 2–1 Fleetwood

Hanson 67      Matt 59

Davies 90+3

Coventry 1–2 Scunthorpe

Armstrong 86 pen       Hopper 9, Wallace 62

Millwall 1–1 Crewe

Gregory 64 pen     Inman 59 pen

Rochdale 2–1 Burton

Camps 8          Akins 78

Henderson 24 pen

Swindon 0–1 Barnsley

                        Winnall 88

Wigan 3–0 Port Vale

Duffy og 7

Grigg 41 pen,

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Barnsley lie in 12th place in the Sky Bet League One with 39 points from 28 games.

We are 5 points off the Play-Offs, 15 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 18 points off First place and 11 points above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 31/1/16

 

Next Up:

On The Road:

Johnstones Paint Trophy Northern Area Final Second Leg: Fleetwood Town v Barnsley, Thursday 4th February 2016 Kick-Off 7:45pm.

Tickets:

SOLD OUT!

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet League One Matchday Twenty-Nine: Barnsley v Bury Sunday 7th February 2016. Kick-Off: 3pm.

Tickets:

Adult: £20-£25

Over 65s: £15-£18

Age 17-21: £15-£18

Under 17: £10

Under 12: £5