Barnsley won 2-0 at League One Crewe Alexandra in their first pre-season match of the summer.

Mads Andersen put the visitors in front after four minutes then Conor Chaplin doubled the lead midway through the second half.

Gerhard Struber used two different teams in each half, both in the 3-4-1-2 formation while his side were always on top against the newly-promoted Alex who had not played in almost six months after the League Two season was cancelled in March.

The Reds began well and took the lead in the fourth minute, with Mads Andersen volleying in a right-wing Callum Styles corner at the near post.

Styles then took another corner from the other side and Jacob Brown volleyed just wide from a difficult position at the back post.

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Patrick Schmidt should have made it 2-0 midway through the first half when he latched onto a pass by Alex Mowatt and was through one-on-one but smashed his powerful low shot off the base of the left post.

Crewe's only chance of the first half came when Jordan Williams lost the ball in his half and Luke Thomas had to make a last-ditch challenge in his box, then he needed treatment on his calf but completed the rest of the half.

Struber sprang a surprise in the second half by playing young strikers Victor Adeboyejo and George Miller as left and right wing-back respectively. They both had shots from outside the box before the hour-mark with Miller's effort deflected well wide then Adeboyejo's powerful effort was straight at the goalkeeper.

The second goal came on 71 minutes when Conor Chaplin netted a fine header from a left-wing cross by Clarke Oduor.

New signing Dominik Frieser played in Elliot Simoes on the left of the box but the powerful shot was straight at the goalkeeper who palmed it clear. Crewe had their first shot on target seconds later but Brad Collins pushed the powerful 20-yard strike away.

FIRST HALF (3-4-1-2):Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, J Williams; Ludewig, Mowatt, Thomas, Styles; Woodrow; Brown, Schmidt

SECOND HALF:(3-4-1-2): Collins; Moon, Halme, Oduor; Miller, Wolfe, Ritzmaier, Adeboyejo; Simoes; Frieser, Chaplin

  • 15:03pm
    It's a 3-4-1-2. Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, J Williams; Ludewig, Mowatt, Thomas, Styles; Woodrow; Brown, Schmidt
  • 15:04pm
    3 A good move by Barnsley puts Styles in on the left and his low cross finds the other wing-back Ludewig on the right of the box. The German's shot from a tight angle is turned behind
  • 15:04pm
    Mads Andersen scores! Volley from a Styles corner
  • 15:05pm
    A great start to the game for Barnsley. Callum Styles takes a corner from the left and Andersen gets in front of his man to turn in from five yards out at the near post.
  • 15:06pm
    5 Jacob Brown was another corner. Styles takes from the left and Brown volleys wide at the back post, a difficult chance
  • 15:07pm
    Barnsley really struggled to find an attacking set piece taker last season but, in the first five minutes here, Styles has put two fine deliveries in already - one from each side
  • 15:10pm
    Barnsley totally dominating at the moment. You can tell they have just come off an intense end to the season whereas Crewe have not played since League Two ended in March
  • 15:12pm
    The Reds have probably had 90 per cent possession in the first ten minutes. The likes of Woodrow, dropping deep from the number ten role, and Alex Mowatt are having lots of the ball and look very comfortable
  • 15:14pm
    12 Schmidt looks to have gone through on goal but the referee gives a free-kick against him for handball as he blocked a clearance
  • 15:16pm
    15 Crewe's first real attack ends in a cross from the right which is punched away by Jack Walton
  • 15:17pm
    16 Crewe's first corner of the game is punched away again by Walton then they recycle the ball and Styles has to block for another corner. The hosts having their best spell so far
  • 15:18pm
    17 The latest corner is easily caught by Walton
  • 15:20pm
    Cauley Woodrow isn't having his best game so far, with a few wayward passes and poor touches.
  • 15:23pm
    22 Ludewig's cross from the right is touched by Woodrow but the goalkeeper scrambles to his right to gather as it is going wide anyway
  • 15:25pm
    24 Big chance for 2-0. A ball from the left is missed by the home defence and Patrick Schmidt is through just inside the box but hits the base of the left post
  • 15:29pm
    27 A good move by Styles then he finds Schmidt whose shot is blocked just outside the box
  • 15:31pm
    30 Now Luke Thomas smashes a shot over the bar from just outside the box
  • 15:33pm
    31 The first thing Michael Sollbauer has really had to do is slide in perfectly to win a tackle on the right sideline. Then he high fives Mads Andersen on the way back into position. Lovely stuff.
  • 15:35pm
    34 Ludewig makes a great tackle in his box but now is down injured
  • 15:36pm
    That came about after Jordan Williams lost the ball deep in his half, his team-mate saved him but might have hurt himself in the process
  • 15:38pm
    Ludewig is up and running well. Phew
  • 15:42pm
    Not long until half-time now. The Reds will be pleased with his run-out but of course they would like to add another goal before these players are replaced at the break
  • 15:44pm
    43 Andersen heads being for a corner on the right. It is over everyone and out. The hosts really haven't threatened at all
  • 15:46pm
    HALF-TIME: Crewe 0, Barnsley 1. The Reds lead through Andersen's fourth-minute goal. They have had a couple of other chances whereas Crewe have had none. A good run-out for those 11 who will now be replaced. Wing-backs Ludewig and Styles probably caught the eye the most.
  • 16:04pm
    SECOND HALF UNDER WAY. George Miller and Victor Adeboyejo are the wing-backs
  • 16:06pm
    Second half line up (3-4-1-2): Collins; Moon, Halme, Oduor; Miller, Wolfe, Ritzmaier, Adeboyejo; Simoes; Frieser, Chaplin.
  • 16:08pm
    49 Crewe get in on the right and the shot is blocked behind for a corner by Halme
  • 16:12pm
    53 A shot over the bar from the edge of the area by Crewe, who have started the better after the break
  • 16:14pm
    54 Miller, the right-wing back, makes a good run then has a low 25-yard shot which takes a huge deflection and trickles just wide of the bottom left post
  • 16:17pm
    57 Now the other wing-back Victor Adeboyejo has a shot which is powerful from outside the box but straight at the goalkeeper who palms it down with ease then gathers
  • 16:18pm
    58 Another shot, this time from Simoes who drags it wide from about 25 yards
  • 16:22pm
    62 Crewe win a free-kick right on the edge of the box
  • 16:22pm
    63 The free-kick is hit by a Crewe player against his own man then Matty Wolfe blocks the follow-up shot
  • 16:24pm
    64 Crewe having a decent spell. A cross from the left is cleared in the six yard box by Oduor, who is on the left of three centre-backs
  • 16:26pm
    67 Now Chaplin shoots straight at the goalkeeper with a powerful 25-yard effort
  • 16:28pm
    69 Miller wins a corner on the right but it goes over everyone and is cleared
  • 16:31pm
    Crewe 0, Barnsley 2. Conor Chaplin heads in a cross by Clarke Oduor.
  • 16:31pm
    A great header by the smallest man on the pitch in the 71st minute
  • 16:33pm
    74 A good pass by Dominik Frieser plays in Simoes on the left but the powerful short is pushed away by the goalkeeper
  • 16:34pm
    75 Crewe have their first shot on target with Brad Collins beating away a powerful effort from the edge of the box
  • 16:39pm
    80 Simoes' corner from the right goes over everyone
  • 16:45pm
    Into the last five minutes now. Not a huge amount of action on the pitch but the Reds will be pleased with their afternoon's work
  • 16:47pm
    89 Chaplin fires wide from a nearly impossible angle after meeting a Simoes cross at the back post.
  • 16:51pm
    FULL-TIME: Crewe 0, Barnsley 2