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Barnsley 2-4 Stoke City: Michael O'Neill makes winning start as Stoke boss

Sam Clucas puts Stoke 1-0 up at Barnsley
Sam Clucas (left) gave Michael O'Neill the perfect start with Stoke's first goal eight minutes in

Michael O'Neill got off to the perfect start as Stoke manager despite limited preparation time as they moved off the bottom of the Championship at the expense of Barnsley.

O'Neill only finalised a deal to take charge of the Potters on Friday after he was given permission to relinquish his full-time job as Northern Ireland boss.

"It's a great start," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "I'm delighted with the result because where we are at this moment in time, that's the key thing.

"But many aspects of the performance were very, very pleasing. We've obviously had very little time to work with the players.

"So we had to make a decision to change the system and make some changes in personnel without seeing the players in any great detail, but the response we got was excellent."

Despite Stoke having had just the one training session under O'Neill, Sam Clucas got the new era off to a great start with an early goal.

He punished Barnsley keeper Bradley Collins' poor clearance and after coolly controlling the ball, lobbed it in to an empty net from the halfway line.

Lee Gregory converted a penalty to double the lead before half-time after James McClean was brought down by Alex Mowatt.

Barnsley did reduce the deficit early in the second half when Cameron McGeehan pounced on a Luke Thomas through ball from close range.

But Joe Allen restored the Potters' two-goal lead when he fired in low after a corner was not cleared and then Clucas was on target soon after for his second and Stoke's fourth goal.

Patrick Schmidt netted a Barnsley consolation when he slotted in Mowatt's ball over the top, but the Tykes remain winless since the opening day of the season.

Potters need more 'composure'

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill will continue to manage Northern Ireland should they reach the Euro 2020 play-offs

O'Neill revealed there was "a temptation" for him to watch from the stands at Oakwell and allow caretaker manager Rory Delap to continue taking care of the team.

But after a short training session on Friday, he decided to implement the required changes for himself.

They included giving Gregory the nod up front ahead of Sam Vokes and recalling McClean, Tom Ince, Ryan Woods and Bruno Martins Indi in a switch to 4-3-3 from the 5-3-2 used in Monday's home defeat by West Brom.

"We needed to get a reaction with energy at the top end of the pitch and I felt we played players in the right positions today," O'Neill said.

"That obviously gives them confidence, but it was only a first step. In terms of how we play in that system, we'll get better.

"It was probably entertaining to watch, but it was a bit like a basketball game at times. We don't need to try and win 6-1 when we're already 4-1 ahead.

"We need to show a bit more composure."

'Barnsley boss will have real big challenge'

Stoke's victory saw them end a run of three defeats either side of Nathan Jones' departure as manager and was just their third win this season.

Barnsley, who have been under the caretaker charge of Adam Murray since parting company with Daniel Stendel on 8 October, are now two points adrift at the bottom and without a win in 15 league games.

Murray told BBC Radio Sheffield that turning the Tykes' fortunes around will be difficult.

"The board have got a big decision to make over the international break as whoever gets this job permanently has got a real big challenge on their hands," he said.

"The goals we've conceded today are errors that we keep saying can't happen.

"You can work as much as you want on tactics and shape, if we keep making bad decisions like that, it'll be a long season.

"People have got to start taking responsibility and ownership as it's happening week-in, week-out, it's up to them to start addressing it.

"The goals we're conceding are not great goals and we don't get the same chances that the opposition are presented with by us."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 40Collins
  • 5Diaby
  • 24HalmeBooked at 45mins
  • 21SibbickSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutes
  • 4Dougall
  • 12CavaréBooked at 65mins
  • 8McGeehanBooked at 52minsSubstituted forWilksat 75'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 7Brown
  • 9WoodrowBooked at 84mins
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forSchmidtat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 6Andersen
  • 16Thomas
  • 19Schmidt
  • 22Oduor
  • 28Simoes Inacio
  • 36Wilks

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 2Edwards
  • 6BatthBooked at 59mins
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3Ward
  • 4Allen
  • 38Woods
  • 22ClucasSubstituted forB Ndiayeat 73'minutes
  • 7InceSubstituted forDioufat 82'minutes
  • 19GregorySubstituted forVokesat 90'minutes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 9Vokes
  • 12Carter-Vickers
  • 18Diouf
  • 25Powell
  • 26Campbell
  • 27B Ndiaye
  • 32Federici
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
14,891

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 2, Stoke City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Stoke City 4.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Lee Gregory.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Badou Ndiaye.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kenneth Dougall.

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré.

Foul by Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley).

Danny Batth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 2, Stoke City 4. Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Conor Chaplin.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Tom Ince.

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mallik Wilks with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Mallik Wilks replaces Cameron McGeehan.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Badou Ndiaye replaces Sam Clucas because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

Lee Gregory (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 1, Stoke City 4. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Booking

Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 1, Stoke City 3. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno Martins Indi following a corner.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Cameron McGeehan.

Attempt saved. Lee Gregory (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Edwards with a cross.

Booking

Danny Batth (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

Offside, Stoke City. James McClean tries a through ball, but Stephen Ward is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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3Leeds169432191231
4Swansea168532216629
5Nottm Forest158432013728
6Fulham167542417726
7Sheff Wed167452114725
8Bristol City156722421325
9Brentford167362113824
10QPR167362630-424
11Charlton166462219322
12Hull166462321222
13Birmingham167181621-522
14Cardiff155642322121
15Millwall165651922-321
16Derby165651821-321
17Reading155371920-118
18Blackburn165382024-418
19Huddersfield164481824-616
20Wigan164391324-1115
21Luton1642102230-814
22Middlesbrough162771321-813
23Stoke1632111729-1211
24Barnsley161691633-179
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