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Stoke City 4-0 Barnsley: Tyrese Campbell scores twice as Potters thrash fellow relegation strugglers

Sam Vokes scores for Stoke City
Sam Vokes' first-half header was just his fifth goal in 31 Championship appearances this season

Stoke City hammered Barnsley to go two points clear of the Championship's bottom three and leave their fellow strugglers four points off safety.

A resounding win meant hosts Stoke - who started the day in the bottom three - rose to 18th, while Barnsley remain 23rd after bottom side Luton Town lost 5-0 to Reading.

The Potters raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening ten minutes with Sam Vokes rising to head home a Sam Clucas corner, before Tyrese Campbell tucked home James McClean's cut-back with a clever backheel.

Campbell scored his second in the 38th minute through a well-worked corner routine, side-footing McClean's low cross beyond Barnsley keeper Jack Walton.

The visitors created very few chances and Stoke rounded off the victory with a fourth late on when substitute Tom Ince curled in a powerful strike off the underside of the bar.

Stoke sparkle to stop slump

Stoke had been the only club in the bottom six yet to taste victory since football resumed after the coronavirus outbreak.

The Potters had taken one point from their three games back, and defeats by relegation rivals Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough had seen them slip into the drop zone.

Boss Michael O'Neill took drastic action, making five changes from the side beaten by the Latics in midweek - and replacing three of his back four.

A clean sheet justified the defensive shuffle but it was his forwards who caught the eye, stunning the visitors with two goals inside the opening ten minutes.

Full-back Kilian Ludewig went close to halving the deficit for the Tykes, stinging the palms of England international keeper Jack Butland with a fierce strike just before the first-half drinks break.

Stoke City's Tyrese Campbell
Campbell has five goals in his past 11 appearances

But O'Neill's side hosts continued to look the better side, deservedly nabbing a third goal through Campbell and only being denied a fourth on the stroke of half-time when a Vokes header was kept out by Walton diving low to his right.

Gerhard Struber's Barnsley had enjoyed a resurgence following lockdown, travelling to Staffordshire just two points behind Stoke, having been seven points adrift of safety when the season was suspended.

Yet the Tykes, who had the better of the possession, looked a shadow of the side that had taken seven points from a possible nine and barely threatened in the second half, with Ince adding a fourth home goal to seal a stylish win late on.

Stoke manager Michael O'Neill:

"I am delighted with the result. We had the right intensity in our play, that was the message we hammered home during the week.

"We have done a lot on set-pieces and we capitalised on that. We deserved to win the game.

"We were pleased with our play; it was a great result after a difficult week. It is a step in the right direction but nothing else.

"We had a higher intensity to our play and scored some very good goals. We need to carry this forward over the next five games, or we will be in the relegation zone."

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber:

"When they got the second goal, we lost our plan and it affected the mindset of the players. Stoke had a big advantage and we were not clear and ready at this moment.

"Against this massive opponent you cannot make so many mistakes. Today we did not show the face of the last three games and I hope we can get a very big reaction.

"The boys are down. This is our responsibility and we need to have the right mindset in a game like this. The attitude was not right, especially after 10 minutes. We did not have the belief we needed.

"We have to get the belief back and that is down to me to sort. We were not ready today and we have to change that against Luton (who Barnsley face on Tuesday)."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 14Smith
  • 6Batth
  • 12Chester
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 24Cousins
  • 22ClucasSubstituted forThompsonat 90'minutes
  • 26CampbellBooked at 67minsSubstituted forInceat 71'minutes
  • 25PowellBooked at 31minsSubstituted forSørensenat 85'minutes
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forDioufat 89'minutes
  • 9VokesSubstituted forGregoryat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ward
  • 7Ince
  • 16Davies
  • 17Shawcross
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Gregory
  • 33Sørensen
  • 34Thompson
  • 37Collins

Barnsley

  • 13Walton
  • 18Sollbauer
  • 6Andersen
  • 3WilliamsSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 14LudewigSubstituted forOduorat 55'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 16Thomas
  • 17RitzmaierSubstituted forStylesat 45'minutes
  • 9WoodrowSubstituted forSchmidtat 71'minutes
  • 7BrownSubstituted forSimoes Inacioat 45'minutes
  • 11Chaplin

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 10Bähre
  • 19Schmidt
  • 20Styles
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 28Simoes Inacio
  • 37Marsh
  • 40Collins
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 4, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 4, Barnsley 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Danny Batth is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Conor Chaplin (Barnsley).

  5. Post update

    Jordan Thompson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Elliot Simoes (Barnsley).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Jordan Thompson replaces Sam Clucas.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces James McClean.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 4, Barnsley 0. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Lasse Sørensen replaces Nick Powell.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jack Walton.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McClean.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Callum Styles (Barnsley).

  15. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Callum Styles (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds41239963342978
2West Brom402014667382974
3Brentford412191173334072
4Fulham4120101155441170
5Nottm Forest411814954411368
6Cardiff41161695851764
7Derby411613125653361
8Millwall411417104844459
9Preston411610155250258
10Swansea401415115047357
11Blackburn411511155653356
12Bristol City411510165360-755
13Reading411410175348552
14Sheff Wed401410164954-552
15QPR40148185966-750
16Wigan411311174553-850
17Birmingham411213165164-1349
18Stoke41137215461-746
19Charlton411210194655-946
20Huddersfield411210194963-1446
21Hull40129195468-1445
22Middlesbrough401014164052-1244
23Barnsley411011204566-2141
24Luton41117234678-3240
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