Barnsley are expecting a difficult match against lowly Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow and know they will have to find a new way to win as they are likely to dominate possession.

The Reds, after losing 4-0 at home to Bournemouth, are 17th in the Championship with 19 points from 16 games.

Wycombe, who visit Oakwell for a 7.45pm kick-off, are currently in the Championship’s relegation zone, as their 11 points from 16 games leave them third-bottom.

They lost their first seven games after being promoted to the highest level in their history earlier this year.

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But they have collected 11 points from the last nine, almost earning their third win on Saturday before an 87th-minute own goal by former Barnsley player Jason McCarthy meant they drew 2-2 at Preston North End.

Jordan Williams is still out with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injuries for the Reds.

Wycombe are known for playing a direct style with long balls and set pieces often their best route to goal. The Reds came from behind to beat a similarly direct team a week ago in Birmingham City, but know they may have to dominate the ball after often having about a third of possession and counter-attacking.

Ismael said: "It was very important to see that we can adapt against a team like this (Birmingham) and come back to win. Wycombe has the same principles but we will prepare for that and take the fight to them. We have to prepare our players to have more possession and more solutions and to be more effective.

"We have to play against a more defensive team who are very well-organised and they believe in their principles. Set pieces will be a big part and seconds balls will be a main focus. The most important thing is what happens when we have the ball. We have to work on where we can hurt the opponent. We need to keep our intensity high. We will take the fight to get the points.

"We can play our game even if the opponent stays deep, we have to recognise the right moment to play the right pass."

After the 4-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday, Barnsley's players had the weekend off with a five-day break between games during a gruelling schedule of nine matches in four weeks.

Ismael said: "We gave the players some rest because you have to manage the three games we played then the next four games in a short time. We had a small gap to try to recover the brains and be fresh in the head.

"It is a good feeling for the guys now to recover energy because we saw on Friday we missed the last per cent in our intensity which was clearly tiredness.

"At this level, with how we want to play, it is very demanding. We have to adapt and even if we play four games in a week we have to go through this. But I have to give the players the chance to recover because I demand a lot on the pitch.

"We have the possibility to change a lot of situations, because we have a lot of players on the same level. I will talk with my staff about which player gives us a good feeling to transfer the gameplan onto the pitch."

Captain Alex Mowatt played against Wycombe in the 2018/19 season when the Reds lost in Buckinghamshire and then won at Oakwell.

He said: "When we were in League One we played them twice and, at their place, it was really tough game and we're expecting the same. They were solid and clinical with their chances.

"They are well-drilled, everyone knows their roles. From watching highlights they create a lot of chances as well. They have been creating five or six chances per game.

"We've had a few days off. The gaffer said to rest and recover, take time with your family. With two games a week it is hectic but it's been good so far and if you lose a game you get another chance soon to put it right. You play a game, then work on recovery then shape for the next game. You don't do a lot of high intensity training. I prefer games to training but I like training with intensity - you can't do that with midweek games."