Barnsley will be targeting a seventh successive away win and hoping to end a 98-year wait for a victory in an away game against Coventry City on Sunday from 3pm.

The Reds - who are sixth in the table and five points clear of seventh-placed Reading - have had eight days off since beating Middlesbrough 2-0 on Saturday.

Coventry could have gone into the relegation zone last night but won 1-0 at Rotherham United to move up to 18th and six points clear of the bottom three.

They have not won back to back games this season but are unbeaten in three at St Andrew’s, Birmingham City’s ground where they are playing their home games.

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Barnsley have won an away game against Coventry in 98 years since 1923, losing 18 of their 25 visits. The Sky Blues are managed by former Reds boss Mark Robins.

Valerien Ismael said: "I saw their game against Rotherham live in the stadium. It was big pressure on both teams and about finding a way to get the points with no risk football. Coventry deserved to win. We know it will be a tough game again. It will be a big fight against a team with a good mentality but we are ready.

"I have seen them play a few times. They have a clear philosophy and they make all the times an interesting game. They have very good players in the squad. Every game in the Championship is a new challenge. "

After Sunday's match, Barnsley play two more bottom eight sides in the next six days as they visit Huddersfield Town on Wednesday then host Rotherham United on Saturday. A
"It is the most important week for the club and the team, starting from Coventry. We have put a lot of hard work in. All the guys are ready to perform. The guys trained very hard, the high intensity and focus is there. The team spirit is very very high and the guys know it is all about getting across the line. It is money time now and we need to meet our goals."
Coventry will have five fewer days to prepare than Barnsley. Ismael said: "If you saw our schedule in February and March we had five games in two weeks. All the teams in the league have had such a period with a game every three days. We have had our time to prepare the guys for this game."
Ismael also sent a message to Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore who has developed complications following Covid-19.
"It shows how dangerous this virus could be. If you see that happen to a colleague, you just felt it. It is not about the game, it is about your health. All I can say is come back stronger and speedy recovery.