Championship
BarnsleyBarnsley1LutonLuton Town3

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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 1, Luton Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Luton Town 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Brendan Galloway replaces James Bree.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Elliot Lee replaces Harry Cornick.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Simon Sluga.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).