Stoke City 4-0 Barnsley: Campbell double inspires dominant Stoke win
Tyrese Campbell (left) scores Stoke's third goal against Barnsley (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

A first-half brace from Tyrese Campbell inspired Stoke City to a dominant 4-0 win over Barnsley.

Sam Vokes' header opened the scoring at the bet365 Stadium before Tom Ince added a fourth for the Potters late on.

Story of the match

Vokes heads Stoke in front

Stoke looked to make amends for their performance in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat to Wigan Atheltic and improved instantly as they took the lead after just eight minutes.

Vokes rose highest at Sam Clucas' corner and glanced his header across goal past goalkeeper Jack Walton for his seventh goal of the season.

Campbell flicks in a second

Potters boss Michael O'Neill stressed the importance of getting a positive result and would have been delighted when he saw his side grab a second two minutes later.

After latching onto a long ball, winger James McClean found Campbell in the area and the forward flicked an audacious effort past Walton.

Three before the break

Campbell was again at the forefront of his side's attacking play as he got his second of the game to put Stoke three-up before the break.

Connecting first-time with Clucas' pull-back at a corner, the 20-year-old fired low across goal into the far corner.

Ince adds a fourth

Both sides struggled for chances in the second half as the hosts continued their impressive performance.

However, they added a fourth late on as, after a good run, full-back Tommy Smith found Ince who cut inside and curled his shot into the top corner for his first goal since February 8.

Man of the Match: Tyrese Campbell

The Potters forward was instrumental in his side's attacking play contributing two first-half goals.

A constant threat down the right, the 20-year-old may feel slightly aggrieved at being substituted while on for a hat-trick on 70 minutes but will know the importance of keeping fit for Thursday's (July 9) game at Leeds United.

Match Stats

Stoke City 4-0 Barnsley

Butland, Smith, Batth, Chester, Martins Indi, Cousins, Clucas (Thompson, 89') Powell (Sorensen, 85') McClean (Diouf, 89') Campbell (Ince, 70') Vokes (Gregory, 70')

Unused subs: Davies, Collins, Shawcross, Ward

Walton, Andersen, Solbauer, B.Williams (J.Williams, 45') Ritzmaier (Styles, 45') Ludewig (Odour, 55') Thomas, Mowatt, Brown (Simoes, 45'), Woodrow (Schmidt, 70') Chaplin

Unused subs: Collins, Bahre, Halme, Marsh


Instant improvement

This was exactly the reaction O'Neill would have been looking for after their result in midweek.

Dominant from start to finish, the Potters will see this as a vital result and something to build on ahead of a tricky run of fixtures, starting with the trip to Leeds on Thursday.

Just a blip?

Barnsley looked a completely different side to the one that had picked up seven points in their last three games against QPRMillwall and Blackburn Rovers.

Defensively frail throughout, manager Gerhard Struber will be looking for improvement next time out, especially with games against Luton Town and Wigan to come.