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Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Barnsley: Gerhard Struber's first game as Tykes boss ends in defeat

Gerhard Struber
Gerhard Struber joined Barnsley from Wolfsberger AC on a two-and-a-half-year contract

Bradley Dack scored twice as Blackburn Rovers spoiled Gerhard Struber's first match as Barnsley head coach with victory over the Championship's bottom club.

Rovers went ahead when a poor ball out of defence by centre-back Mads Andersen allowed Adam Armstrong to square to Dack for an easy tap-in.

Barnsley, without a win since the opening day of the season, levelled when half-time substitute Connor Chaplin fired home.

Stewart Downing restored Blackburn's lead with a low shot before Cauley Woodrow chested home Barnsley's second, only for Dack to seal the points after goalkeeper Sami Radlinger saved his initial header.

Struber made five changes, giving starts to fellow Austrians Radlinger and forward Patrick Schmidt up front, while Darragh Lenihan returned for Blackburn after missing almost two months with a knee injury.

Barnsley showed encouraging signs for their new boss going forward, but a worrying tendency to give the ball away in their own half again cost them dear, with misplaced passes leading to the first two Rovers goals.

They have now conceded 36 times in 17 games this season, compared to just 39 in the whole of their 2018-19 League One promotion campaign.

Woodrow's goal looked like it had salvaged a draw for the visitors, but Dack kept his head to slot home his eighth of the season into the roof of the net and win it for Blackburn.

They move up a place to 17th, with Barnsley now four points adrift at the bottom - and five from safety.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"I love watching Dack when he gets wrapped up in it like he did in the second half; working, running, going playing where the ball is, playing like a kid in the playground really and he's got such natural talent.

"It was all about getting three points. That's what we talked about, not about performance levels, but just trying to get three points. I think it was a really dangerous game for us.

"I've watched Barnsley and I have to say they're a pretty good team. I like the way they play, I think they're full of energy, youthful and play forward."

Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber:

"In the second half we created a very good game and one point was the minimum we deserved.

"The situation is difficult, yes, I am not a dreamer.

"But I know when we can create the next time, with better positioning, better control on the ball, I think that we will have good chances to win games and this is our task, and I trust my team will get better next time."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 31Bennett
  • 26Lenihan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 22HoltbySubstituted forDowningat 63'minutes
  • 9GallagherBooked at 56minsSubstituted forGrahamat 63'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forBuckleyat 79'minutes
  • 7Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Downing
  • 20Brereton
  • 29Evans
  • 39Buckley

Barnsley

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 5Diaby
  • 6Andersen
  • 3Williams
  • 24HalmeSubstituted forDougallat 45'minutes
  • 21Sibbick
  • 10BähreSubstituted forThomasat 83'minutes
  • 9Woodrow
  • 27Mowatt
  • 7BrownBooked at 22mins
  • 19SchmidtSubstituted forChaplinat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dougall
  • 8McGeehan
  • 11Chaplin
  • 12Cavaré
  • 16Thomas
  • 26Thiam
  • 40Collins
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
13,781

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnsley 2.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

Attempt blocked. Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnsley 2. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan with a headed pass.

Foul by Toby Sibbick (Barnsley).

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Mads Andersen (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bambo Diaby.

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Thomas with a cross.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Luke Thomas replaces Mike-Steven Bähre.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Barnsley 2. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John Buckley replaces Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Christian Walton.

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Mads Andersen.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Barnsley 1. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Stewart Downing replaces Lewis Holtby.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Sam Gallagher.

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

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Toby Sibbick (Barnsley).

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Attempt missed. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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3Preston1794431181331
4Fulham178542618829
5Nottm Forest168532013729
6Swansea178542217529
7Bristol City177822521429
8Brentford178362213927
9Sheff Wed177462216625
10Millwall176652022-224
11Derby176651921-224
12QPR177372732-524
13Charlton176562421323
14Birmingham177281722-523
15Hull166462321222
16Cardiff175752525022
17Blackburn176382326-321
18Reading165381921-218
19Huddersfield174581925-617
20Wigan1743101426-1215
21Luton1742112332-914
22Stoke1742111930-1114
23Middlesbrough162771321-813
24Barnsley1716101836-189
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