Barnsley vs Swansea City Match Report

Swansea beat Barnsley 2-0 for the second time in just over a month to open up a four-point gap over Bournemouth in third place to further strengthen their promotion aspirations. Goals from Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe were enough to beat Barnsley who slide a place to tenth. 

Barnsley made two changes from the side that beat Tranmere at Oakwell a week ago bringing Adeboyejo and Jack Walton back into the starting lineup at the expense of Brad Collins and Dom Freiser who dropped to the bench. There was also a place on the bench for new signing Carlton Morris who joined from Norwich early in the January window.

The game took a while to get going with neither side really taking a hold of the game at all. The pitch was a little boggy due to the recent snowfall which may have hampered both sides but it was a very cagey opening to the game.

Barnsley got the first chance of the game not long after the ten-minute mark but Adeboyejo fired well over from the edge of the box. Herbie Kane had picked him out over the top but the striker blazed over much to the frustration of strike partner Woodrow who was in plenty of space to his right.

The home side were seeing most of the ball in the opening half but were unable to break through the stubborn Swans defence. The only real chance of note fell to Chaplin who blasted a volley towards goal after the ball fell to him following a corner. His goalbound effort was hit with real power but was well blocked by Swansea skipper Matt Grimes.

Swansea were defending well but offering very little going forward. The main threat for the away side was coming via long throws from Connor Roberts. However, despite the lack of threat, it was the visitors that took the lead right on the stroke of half time.

With literally the last attack of the first half, Roberts launched a long throw into the box, clever shielding from Korey Smith blocked Sollbauer from being able to challenge for the ball and Ben Cabango was able to get to the ball and loop his header into the far corner. A real sucker punch for the home side who had not been tested at all up until that point.

It was a poor opening half in all honesty with neither side creating many clear openings. The main highlight of the first half being the fact that a kitten had been spotted in the press area. Barnsley had edged the game but just were unable to find a way through and were punished right at the end of the half. 

Half Time – Barnsley 0-1 Swansea City 

The away side started the second half much the brighter team seemingly buoyed by their goal just before the break. They almost doubled their lead just after the break when Roberts fired a left-footed volley just wide after the ball fell to him following a corner.

Just ten minutes later though, the away side were rewarded for their bright start to the second half when they did extend the lead thanks to the in-form Jamal Lowe who capitalised on a really poor mix-up at the back between Helik and Andersen.

The ball was played up towards Lowe but Andersen stepped across and it looked like he would easily get the ball away. Unfortunately, he headed the ball against his defensive partner Helik before colliding with the Polish defender allowing Lowe to run through and slide the ball under Walton. Upon seeing the replay Lowe was in an offside position when the ball was played up to him but that doesn’t excuse the woeful defending by Barnsley as it was a goal that was easily avoidable.

Roberts again was causing the hosts problems with his long throw with Barnsley having to scramble another one away. It was a real shock to see them struggling so much from set plays especially given the height advantage the home side had.

Barnsley pushed to get back into the game and handed a debut to Carlton Morris who replaced Chaplin and Romal Palmer also came on for Kane to try and add some extra bite into the midfield.

Ayew went down in the box as he tried to make room for a shot but the ref waved the appeals away and Barnsley looked to counter quickly but Brittain hesitated as he got into the Swansea box and before he made his mind up of what to do the away side had got bodies back and snuffed out the chance.

Brittain did go agonisingly close to pulling one back though soon after but his wonderful long-range effort was more than matched by a fantastic save by Woodman. The ball broke to the young wing-back some 30 yards out and he hit it superbly and it looked destined for the top corner but the Swansea keeper tipped it over the bar with a strong left hand.

Brittain again came close with another powerful strike from the edge of the box but this time it went over the bar. Barnsley tried to get back into it but were unable to breach the Swansea defence who saw the game out pretty comfortably in the end. It was yet another clean sheet for them which takes them to 14 for the season.

Full Time – Barnsley 0-2 Swansea City

Swansea showed why they are one of the top two with a professional and solid away performance. It was by far a vintage away win and Barnsley matched them for most of the game Swansea defended resolutely and that was the main difference on the night. Barnsley were the architects of their own downfall with poor marking for the opening goal before a shocking mix up for the second.

Many Reds fans will be disappointed with the performance and result but they remain in 10th which is a lot higher than many expected them to be at this stage in the season and they remain well clear of the bottom three.

Another positive for the Barnsley faithful will be the positive impact of new signing Morris who showed glimpses of what he can offer in attack. He held the ball up well and showed good pace and skill on occasion when running at the Swansea defence. He could be just what Barnsley have been lacking over the last few months, someone that can win the ball in the air and also drive at defenders.



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