West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Barnsley

Last updated : 24 October 2019 By Rob Miles

Barnsley were just nine minutes away from their first Championship victory on the road this season after a fantastic first half performance however they squandered a 2-0 lead for the first time since April 2017 when they led 2-0 at Wigan but lost 3-2.

It is the first time they have squandered a 2-0 half time lead since December 2011 when they led Ipswich 2-0 at half time at Oakwell but lost 5-3.

However they do make it back to back unbeaten games for the first time in 2019-2020 and the first time in the Championship since February 2018 (WD)

It is the first time Barnsley have led 2-0 away from home at half time since in the Championship since February 2018 when they led and won 2-0 at Birmingham.

Indeed it is the first time since the Birmingham victory that Barnsley have scored more than once on the road at this level.

This was the first time the Reds have opened the scoring away from home in the Championship since 27th February 2018 at Hull.

Cauley Woodrow had given Barnsley a healthy advantage with a first half brace, the first player to net twice in the first half for Barnsley since Kieffer Moore in September 2018 against Gillingham and the first in the Championship since Oli McBurnie in the aforementioned Birmingham match.

Woodrow has now opened the scoring in seven league games for Barnsley and they have lost just one (W4 D2 L1)

He is the first Barnsley player to score a brace and not end up on the winning side since Kieffer Moore bagged two in a 4-2 defeat at Sunderland in November 2018 (there have been 3 braces since)

The West Brom comeback started through a Bambo Diaby own goal, the first OG conceded by the Reds since Angus MacDonald at Norwich in March 2017.

Barnsley have conceded at least two goals now in nine of their 13 league games this season and the 25 goals they have conceded this season is at least two more than anybody else in the Championship.

It is the quickest they have conceded a quarter of a century of goals since 2013-2014 when they conceded their 25th goal in just the 10th match.

Barnsley saw an incredible EIGHT players booked, with only Bambo Diaby, Toby Sibbick and Cauley Woodrow of the starting 11 not to be shown a yellow card.

It means the Reds have now received the most yellows in the Championship so far this season (35), four more than any other side.

There were only six shots on target in the game (3 for each team) the joint lowest in a Barnsley game this season (also at Nottingham Forest)

There were only five corners awarded, the fewest in a Barnsley game this season and fewest since the final game of 2018-2019 (also 5)

For the second successive game the Reds opponents have had 60+% ball possession, the first time this has occurred since March/April 2018 v Bristol City and Sheffield United.

Barnsley have opened the scoring at the Hawthorns in each of their last two visits - however both are over nine years apart.

Due to the half-time scoreline West Brom manager Slaven Bilic made two half time substitutions, the first Reds opposing manager to do this since Barnsley born Mick McCarthy with his Ipswich side in August 2017.

It is the first time West Brom have made two half time changes since October 2018.

West Brom have conceded twice in each of their past four home matches but have won three and drawn one.

It was the first time Barnsley have scored twice at the Hawthorns since January 2000 - six visits ago.

Barnsley have failed to win any of their last nine games on a Tuesday (all comps) drawing six. They last won a league game on this weekday in August 2018 at Rochdale.

West Brom are now unbeaten in their last 13 home Championship matches.

Barnsley are winless in seven away league matches (D2 L5) for the first time since the final seven away games of 2017-2018 (D2 L5)

They have failed to win any of their first six away league games of a season for the first time since 2013-2014 when they failed to win any of the first nine.

Barnsley's winless run in all competitions stretches to 13 - their longest since 1971-1972 when they also went 13 without a win (12 league 1 cup)

That was also the last time they won their first league game of the season but then failed to win any of the next 13 games- they were relegated at the end of that campaign.

Adam Murray is the first Barnsley manager to draw his first two games in charge since Allan Clarke in October 1980 who drew his first three in charge.

Barnsley have now won five of their last 44 Championship matches (D15 L24)

Barnsley have gone seven games without a clean sheet for the first time since a run of 11 between February and April 2018.

Barnsley Team:

40. Bradley Collins
5. Bambo Diaby
6. Mads Andersen
21. Toby Sibbick
12. Dimitri Cavare
4. Kenny Dougall
8. Cameron McGeehan
27. Alex Mowatt (C)
7. Jacob Brown
9. Cauley Woodrow
11. Conor Chaplin

36. Mallik Wilks (for Dougall 72)
3. Ben Williams (for Woodrow 88)

Unused Substitutes:
28. Elliot Simoes, 10. Mike Bahre, 13. Jack Walton, 16. Luke Thomas, 22. Clark Oduor.

West Brom Team:

1. Sam Johnstone
2. Darnell Furlong
6. Semi Ajayi
5. Kyle Bartley
36. Nathan Ferguson
19. Romaine Sawyers
8. Jake Livermore (C)
21. Kyle Edwards
12. Matheus Pereira
29. Grady Diangana
15. Charlie Austin

14. Conor Townsend (for Ferguson 45)
7. Filip Krovinovic (for Edwards 45)
4. Hal Robson-Kanu (for Diangana 67)

Unused Substitutes:
11. Chris Brunt, 23. Jonathan Bond, 27. Dara O'Shea, 26. Ahmed Hegazy.

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said:

"It is mixed emotions. We are never happy with a point, no matter who we play or where. I knew it would be tough. There are no free lunches in life, not to mention the Championship.

"We were not patient enough and were trying to do a killer ball when the situation was nowhere near ready for it.

"Considering half-time and how the result went, we have to take this point as a fantastic point. We deserved to equalise, then we ran out of steam, but the players showed spirit, character and maturity."

Match Reports:
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Sky Bet Championship results:


Birmingham City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Colin 31
Millwall 2-2 Cardiff City
                   Ward 12
Bradshaw 45
                   Hoilett 57
Bradshaw 77
Preston North End 1-1 Leeds United
Barkhuizen 74
                                      Nketiah 87
Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Reading
Wells 29
                                           Puscas 31
Hugill 58
                                           Baldock 74
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Stoke City
Luongo 43
Swansea City 0-3 Brentford
                             Benrahma 30
                             Bidwell og 36
                             Mbeumo 56
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 BARNSLEY
                                           Woodrow 18
                                           Woodrow 24
Diaby og 68
Pereira 81

Bristol City 2-1 Charlton Athletic
                         Bonne 65
Diedhiou 75
Brownhill 90+8
Derby County 1-0 Wigan Athletic
Shinnie 90+2
Fulham 3-2 Luton Town
Mitrovic 16
Mitrovic 53
                    Potts 60
Mitrovic 67
                    LuaLua 90+3
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Hull City
                                     Magennis 38
                                     Bowen 48
Cash 52

Barnsley lie in 24th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 8 points from 13 games. We are 14 points outside the Play-Offs, 16 points outside the Automatic Promotion Places, 18 points outside First Place and 3 points inside the Relegation Zone.

Up to 24/10/19

Next Up:

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Fourteen: Huddersfield Town v Barnsley, Saturday 26th October 2019. Kick-Off: 3pm

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Fifthteen: Barnsley v Bristol City, Friday 1st November 2019. Kick-Off: 7:45pm