BIG MATCH ANALYSIS: First goal the winner at Oakwell?

Chris Brown netted an equaliser at Watford - but Rovers went on to lose as they have in every game where they have conceded first.
Chris Brown netted an equaliser at Watford - but Rovers went on to lose as they have in every game where they have conceded first.

So often is the importance of the first goal stated by managers, writes Liam Hoden.

When it comes to Rovers, that is certainly the case.

And the first goal looks set to be a major factor in Saturday’s crucial South Yorkshire derby with Barnsley.

Every time Rovers have conceded the first goal so far this season they have gone on to lose the game.

In the eight defeats across all competitions, the opposition has scored the first goal inside the first 16 minutes in five of those.

And every time Rovers have conceded the first goal it has come in the first half.

The flip side of the statistic is that Paul Dickov’s side have yet to be defeated after scoring the opening goal.

This shows Dickov’s men are much more adept at holding on than they are battling back.

Barnsley have slightly better bouncebackability, though it is rather negligible.

David Flitcroft’s side have conceded the first goal on ten occasions so far this season and have gone on to lose eight of those games.

The other two saw the Reds battle back for 1-1 draws, including last Friday’s stalemate at Ipswich Town.

First goal wins? In this relegation six-pointer it could.