Barnsley 0-2 Swansea City: Netcham and Patterson spoil Pouya Asbaghi’s start for tactics

Olivier Ncham scored his third goal in 13 matches for Swansea
Olivier Ncham scored his third goal for Swansea in his 13th appearance for the club

Boya Asbaghi’s reign with Barnsley began with defeat as late goals by Olivier Ncham and Jimmy Patterson gave Swansea City a win over O’Quil.

Netcham scored from close range before Patterson fired home, as Swansea won a match that had few chances.

Barnsley had hoped that the appointment of Asbaghi, the former Sweden under-21 coach, would lead to an increase in fortunes.

But it was a familiar story for the Tykes as they were defeated for the 10th time in 11 matches.

Swansea’s third league win away from home this season brings them up to ninth, while Barnsley still has relegation problems at 23rd.

Much has changed for both clubs since they met in the semi-finals of the tournament last season, when Steve Cooper defeated Swansea’s Valerian Ismail’s side, led by Barnsley.

This proved to be the last game the two managers took charge, with Barnsley hoping Asbaji will make an impact after Marcus Schaub, Ismail’s replacement, won just one of his 15 matches.

It was an even more positive story for Russell Martin, who impressed fans for the charismatic style he brought to Swansea, and his side controlled the ball here with Barnsley content to sit back and defend.

However, despite their possession of the ball, Swansea struggled to find rhythm or quality to extend their host in a first half that was short in terms of occurrence.

It was Barnsley who invoked the first-half opportunity, and Dominic Fraser found space to shoot only to be knocked down by Ben Kabango’s stone.

Swansea, who was wearing black armbands after the death of former manager Frank Burroughs, finally threatened just before the break when Ethan Laird headed into goal only to purge Callum Styles.

Laird then set up a half chance when a cross passed to Joel Perot, but the Swansea scorer hit a low shot on the wrong side of the post.

After just two days on the training ground with his new players, Asbaghi ​​can be pleased with Barnsley’s defensive organization in the first half.

There was more encouragement for the hosts after the break as Devante Cole crossed only to Cole Woodrow to have the captain smash his shot and then Josh Benson smashed a free kick over the bar narrowly.

Boya Asbaghi ​​was in Barnsley's bunker for the first time after watching last weekend's game against Fulham from the stands.
Boya Asbaghi ​​was in Barnsley’s bunker for the first time after witnessing last weekend’s defeat to Fulham from the stands.

The match seemed to drift toward a goalless draw until Swansea revealed Barnsley on the counter-attack, after the local team’s appeals for foul by Naughton on Carlton Morris were ignored.

Matt Grimes fed Corey Smith, who in turn found Ryan Manning on the left and made a low cross to fellow substitute Netcham touching the ball from close range.

Any hope of Barnsley’s return faded when another quick break saw Perroy pick Patterson, who was allowed to drive into the penalty area before firing a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Barnsley coach Boya Asbaghi:

“It’s a disappointing result. Overall I think we’re doing a good first half in terms of defence.

“Of course if I was someone sitting next to the TV watching the game, I would sleep. That’s because we defended really well and Swansea wants to try to play from the lines. In terms of entertainment it’s not great but in terms of defense from Barnsley, good game.

“Then we wanted to lock them in more, and win the ball more.

“It was a good start in the second half. We felt really good. But then we have this situation where they are allowed to advance, we let them play inside of us and then we leave each other in the line of defence. Not one but two mistakes give them the opportunity that they take.”

Swansea coach Russell Martin:

“It’s just a great performance, controlled, controlled, patient but purposeful.

“The guys were very pressured against a team that worked so hard and was really organized, and tried really hard for their new manager.

“It was tough but you saw the courage they had to keep playing. I thought they were great and we deserved to win.

“It was all about patience. It wasn’t great in terms of creating chances. What was amazing was the amount of detail, the communication between the players, the intensity they had. We felt like we were slowly draining energy from them and that’s how it turned out.”

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  • 40Collins
  • 7BritainBooked in 85 minutes
  • 30Helik
  • 15thmoon
  • 2Williams
  • 21Palmerhas been replaced byI will smellin a 77 ‘MinutesBooked in 87 minutes
  • 10Benson
  • 4styles
  • 28freezerhas been replaced byLeya Isekin a 57 ‘Minutes
  • 9Woodrow
  • 44Coolhas been replaced byMorrisin a 57 ‘Minutes


  • 1Walton
  • 11Leya Isek
  • 14Morris
  • 17Gomez
  • 20Seebeck
  • 29Adeboygo
  • 58I will smell


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  • 18Hummer
  • 2BennettBooked in 65 minutes
  • 26NoteBooked in 31 minutes
  • 5a branch
  • 27to reply
  • 8Grimes
  • 4Downshas been replaced byNchamin a 64 ‘Minutes
  • 24Bidwellhas been replaced bymanningin a 72 ‘Minutes
  • 7SmithBooked in 89 minutes
  • 12Patterson
  • 17Peruvianhas been replaced byCollinin a 86′Minutes


  • 1Theme
  • 3manning
  • 10Ncham
  • 20Collin
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 28Walsh
  • 46R Williams

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