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Barnsley 1-3 Luton Town: Hatters claim first Championship win since promotion

James Collins of Luton Town
James Collins has now scored twice for Luton in the Championship this season

Luton Town scored three first-half goals as they cruised to victory at fellow promoted side Barnsley for their first Championship win of the season.

Jacob Butterfield had the Hatters in front after two minutes at Oakwell, before James Collins doubled the advantage from close range.

Harry Cornick scored a third for Graeme Jones' side with barely half an hour played, after a free-kick routine.

Mallik Wilks grabbed a consolation goal for the Tykes after the break, but Daniel Stendel's team are now winless since the opening day of the season.

Luton, who beat Barnsley to the League One title in 2018-19, remain in the lower third of the early Championship standings, but will be further encouraged by their attacking efforts.

Only five sides in the division have scored more than the Hatters' eight so far this season - with all of those sides in amongst the formative top six.

But Barnsley have now won just four of their past 25 games at Championship level, drawing seven and losing 14 of those matches.

The Tykes also continued a worrying trend of conceding at least two goals in each of their league matches since beating Fulham 1-0 on 3 August.

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The first half was very difficult to explain. We were looking insecure and lost all our confidence.

"We tried to change things in the second half and we tried to come back, but when you play the first half like that, it's very difficult.

"We are learning and we are developing these players with these abilities, but it was very difficult to find a player to say 'come on, we can do it'.

"It's not easy but they need to learn fast. We are working on a good team spirit but these players don't have a lot of experience."

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones:

"I think we need to enjoy the win and the performance because we were ruthless at times and I mean ruthless. If we'd have been 5-0 up at half-time, nobody could have complained.

"I knew we were really close [to earning a first league victory] but there comes a time when you have to win a game of football, no matter who you are.

"The psychological barrier was getting broken down week by week. I think we'll take a lot from it [the result]."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 21Sibbick
  • 5DiabyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forHalmeat 67'minutes
  • 6AndersenSubstituted forGreenat 45'minutes
  • 23PinillosSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 8McGeehan
  • 27Mowatt
  • 36WilksBooked at 77mins
  • 10BähreBooked at 56mins
  • 16Thomas
  • 26Thiam

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 11Chaplin
  • 15Green
  • 19Schmidt
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 40Collins

Luton

  • 12Sluga
  • 22Bolton
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 26BreeSubstituted forGallowayat 90+3'minutes
  • 29Butterfield
  • 11Shinnie
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 19Collins
  • 25LuaLuaBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMpanzuat 81'minutes
  • 14CornickSubstituted forLeeat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Lee
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 20Moncur
  • 23Galloway
  • 24Brown
  • 28Jones
  • 36Shea
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
13,250

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 1, Luton Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Luton Town 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Brendan Galloway replaces James Bree.

Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

Elliot Lee (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Green.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Elliot Lee replaces Harry Cornick.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Samuel Sahin-Radlinger (Barnsley).

Samuel Sahin-Radlinger (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu replaces Kazenga LuaLua.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Simon Sluga.

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

Andrew Shinnie (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Luke Thomas (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by James Bree.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Green (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Offside, Luton Town. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Kazenga LuaLua is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury James Bree (Luton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 1, Luton Town 3. Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

Foul by Luke Thomas (Barnsley).

Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ben Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Cornick (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Aapo Halme replaces Bambo Diaby because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

Bambo Diaby (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Bree (Luton Town).

Attempt blocked. Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds5410102813
2Charlton532095411
3Swansea431084410
4Bristol City531196310
5Fulham53029459
6Preston530210649
7Sheff Wed53027439
8West Brom52307529
9Nottm Forest52218538
10Millwall522146-28
11Reading52128627
12Birmingham42114407
13QPR521278-17
14Blackburn521234-17
15Cardiff521268-27
16Derby51316606
17Middlesbrough512256-15
18Luton511389-14
19Brentford511324-24
20Hull511358-34
21Barnsley511349-54
22Wigan5104411-73
23Huddersfield501449-51
24Stoke5014513-81
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