Barnsley 2-0 Stoke City: Player ratings 
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Barnsley extended their winning run to four games with a huge 2-0 victory over Stoke City at Oakwell. 

Callum Styles opened the scoring with a brilliant strike inside 10 minutes, and Daryl Dike got his first goal in English football with 90 on the clock. 

  • Barnsley

Goalkeeper

Brad Collins: 7/10 - Hardly anything to do for most of the night, commanded area well.

Defence

Toby Sibbick: 6/10 - Solid all round performance, did not let a usually lively Stoke left-hand side get at him.

Mads Andersen: 7/10 - Dealt with the aerial threat well, no nonsense approach paid dividends.

Michael Helik: 7/10 - Another that did not put a foot wrong, made easier by a lacklustre Stoke attack.

Midfield

Callum Brittain: 7/10 - Quick down the wing and some good interplay throughout.

Roman Palmer: 6/10 - Quiet game for the midfield man, but did the basics right.

Alex Mowatt: 6/10 - Largely ineffective, but did not put a foot wrong against a slow Potters midfield.

Callum Styles: 8/10 - The man of the moment, his early stunner set the tone for a vital win.

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Attack

Dominic Frieser: 6/10 - Quiet game from the wideman, had a goal rightly ruled out and did not add much else to the affair from then on.

Cauley Woodrow: 7/10 - Had just the one attempt on goal but was upto the task against a strong back two.

Carlton Morris: 6/10 - Will feel he could have offered more, but the majority of play did not suit his style.

 

Substitutes

Victor Adeboyejo: 5/10 - Quiet, but got about well. 

Daryl Dike: 7/10 - Wrapped the game up in the dying embers with a fine finish. 

Aapo Halme: 5/10 - Shored up the defence in his first appearance since mid-December. 

Conor Chaplin: 6/10 - Nice assist for the second, lively when on as usual.

Michael Sollbauer: 5/10 - Will be happy to claim a clean sheet for standing in defence for five minutes. 

  • Stoke City

Goalkeeper

Angus Gunn: 5/10 - No chance with the first, had little else to do but pick the ball out of his net twice.

Defence

Tommy Smith: 5/10 - Got into some attacking positions but was unable to take advantage, beaten too easily defensively. 

Harry Souttar: 6/10 - Played some wayward forward balls, but solid as ever in the air and made a great block at 1-0.

Danny Batth: 5/10 - Picked up a yellow early on and looked shaky from then on, missed a gilt-edged chance just afterwards.

Rhys Norrington-Davies: 5/10 - Didn't link up with the forwards as he would have liked, out of position a lot.

Midfield

John Obi-Mikel: 5/10 - Assured in possession but mostly caught out by a quick Barnsley side and so was caught behind the play too much.

Jordan Thompson: 5/10 - Busy about the pitch with some decent set pieces, but largely bypassed and hooked off just after half time.

Nick Powell: 5/10 - The Potters' talisman's most ineffective performance in some time, he looked fed up for the majority of the game.

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Attack

Jacob Brown: 5/10 - Ineffective and off the pace for most of the game, not the dream return to Oakwell he would have wanted.

Steven Fletcher: 5/10 - Didn't win much in the air, had little service and was offside for his only chance before being taken off early. 

Josh Tymon: 5/10 - Gave his all but lacked quality in the final third, isolated for the most part.

Substitutes

Joe Allen: 5/10 - Tried to get the ball down and play, but to no avail.

Sam Vokes: 4/10 - Was thrown on in the deep end to try and score despite being goalless this season, and it never looked likely.

Jack Clarke: 5/10 - Lively but all too little too late by the time he had come on.

Jordan Cousins: 5/10 - Could do nothing to affect the game, not the man Stoke needed when a goal down.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe: 5/10 - Another ineffective replacement, hardly touched the ball in his 10 minute cameo. 

 

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