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Talking points from Derby win
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-1 home win over promotion rivals Derby County. The visitors took the lead but Adam Phillips scored a brace. REDS BLOW TOP TWO RACE WIDE OPEN Barnsley are well in the fight for automatic promotion after this tight but deserved win over the second-placed Rams. The Reds cut the gap to the top two to three points, with a game in hand, and are ten off leaders Portsmouth who have played...
Reds staying grounded after win over Derby
Neill Collins says his Barnsley players ‘won’t get carried away’ despite a 2-1 home win over second-placed Derby which cut the gap between the two sides to three points. The fourth-placed Reds fell behind but Adam Phillips bagged a brace. Collins told the Chronicle: “The players were happy but no one is getting carried away. They have been extremely professional and consistent over the season. “Because of the day as as whole, everything with Weston...
Phillips brace defeats Derby
An inspired Adam Phillips bagged another brace as Barnsley secured vital 2-1 win over Derby County to blow the League One top two race wide open. The visitors took an early lead but Phillips levelled with a stunning goal before half-time then put the hosts in front after the break. It was an even game of few chances but Barnsley shaded it overall, then defended very well late on. Bolton Wanderers were...
BARNSLEY V DERBY: Biggest game and crowd of season
BARNSLEY are set to host their biggest game of the season so far when Derby County visit Oakwell on Saturday. The Reds are two places and six points behind the Rams who occupy the second automatic promotion place and have played an extra game. While Barnsley have lost two in 22 league games, with 12 wins and eight draws – for 44 points at two per game – Derby’s last 19 matches have brought 45...
PREVIEW: Opposition view, key battles and previous meetings
More analysis of today's big game with an opposition view, a look at some key battles and some previous meetings. OPPOSITION VIEW Ed Dawes, BBC Radio Derby Derby are in a much better situation than last season on and off the field. They have learned how to win ugly and grind results out which they couldn’t do last season. It’s been a great season so far because of the way they have adapted...
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Kane secures ninth away win of season
Barnsley recorded a ninth away win of the season with a 2-1 success at relegation-battlers Fleetwood Town. Sam Cosgrove netted the opener then, after the hosts levelled, Herbie Kane got the winner. The Reds showed a lot of character and eventually their quality showed on a poor pitch in persistent rain. They remain fourth, six points off the top two and seven clear in the top six. Jamie McCart came in for Corey O’Keeffe with...
Collins wary of old team-mate Adam’s relegation-battlers
BARNSLEY will be looking to take seven points from a possible nine this week when they visit second-bottom Fleetwood Town tomorrow. The Reds will look for a ninth away league win of the season in front of a sold-out away end of 1,131. The Cod Army are three places and six points adrift of safety after winning six of their 32 league games so far. They have the worst home record in the division with...
Collins defends Williams’ place in back three
NEILL Collins has defended his captain Jordan Williams’ performances at centre-back this season. The Barnsley skipper has been used on the right of a back three this season, after mainly playing as a full-back or wing-back previously. Williams has played every minute of Barnsley’s league campaign and has made 184 appearances for the Reds since signing from hometown club Huddersfield Town in 2018. The 24-year-old has made some errors, including one in the build-up to...
Phillips pleased to hit form at crucial time
ADAM Phillips was delighted to net twice in one game for the first time in his career and hopes he is coming into top goal-scoring form at the right time for Barnsley. The midfielder scored in the 88th and 95th minutes as the Reds came from behind to beat Leyton Orient 2-1 on Saturday. They were his third and fourth goals of the season after he did not score until mid-December. Phillips told the Chronicle:...
De Gevigney accepts booking but impressed by English crowds
MAEL de Gevigney accepted a yellow card this week for jumping into the Barnsley fans and is enjoying the larger crowds in the lower divisions of England than his native France. The 24-year-old centre-back worked his way up from the French fourth tier into the second with Nimes before joining the Reds last summer and playing regularly. Barnsley’s average attendance would make them the fifth best-supported team in the French second tier and the...
‘We’re still pushing for automatics’ – Cadden
NICKY Cadden says Barnsley will always back themselves to get a win even trailing late in games while adding that they are ‘still pushing for automatics.’ The 27-year-old Scottish left wing-back was part of the side that lost last season’s play-off final and is now a regular in the team trying to finish in the top two and go up automatically. He told the Chronicle: “Last year was bittersweet. We don’t want that this year....
Boss thrilled with spirit but early goals a worry
NEILL Collins sees traits of ‘Fergie time’ in his Barnsley team’s late comebacks this week but admits it is on him to work out how to stop the early goals which could hinder their promotion push. The Reds are fourth in League One, four points clear in the top six, six off the top two and ten behind the leaders Portsmouth, who have played two extra games. They have lost just two of their...
‘Horrendous’ for boss to watch from stands
NEILL Collins says watching from the stands at Shrewsbury was ‘horrendous’ after being banned from the sidelines for picking up a third yellow card of the season on Saturday. The Barnsley head coach was in the directors’ box for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw, with coaches Jon Stead and Martin Devaney in the dugout. Collins told the Chronicle: “It was horrendous. I have done it on two or three occasions. “I didn’t realise it was my third...
Talking points from Shrewsbury draw
Analysis of Barnsley's 1-1 draw at relegation-battling Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday. After the hosts took an early lead, Herbie Kane netted a 91st-minute penalty. MORE LATE DRAMA FROM BARNSLEY IF FOOTBALL matches lasted 85 minutes, Barnsley would have lost both of their games this week and be realistically out of the race for automatic promotion. They were behind for 162 of the 180 minutes, plus stoppages, but somehow emerged with four points from a possible...
Injury-time penalty rescues point
Herbie Kane scored an injury-time penalty as Barnsley drew 1-1 at relegation-battling Shrewsbury Town. The hosts netted early then both sides missed chances before the late spot-kick. The Reds stay fourth, six points off the top two and four clear in top six. Reds head coach Neill Collins watched the game from the stands after receiving a third yellow card of the season on Saturday. There were two changes from the last-gasp...
'Fantastic performance' but early goal and finishing frustrations
Neill Collins said Barnsley delivered a ‘fantastic performance’ in their 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town but rued another slow start and missed chances. The relegation-battling hosts netted early but the Reds created several good chances and levelled with a 91st-minute penalty by Herbie Kane. Collins said: “On Saturday we saw a good goalkeeping performance by Leyton Orient’s ‘keeper but tonight he (Marko Marosi) managed to up it. “We can look at our fin
Stevenage match moved to April
Barnsley’s game at Stevenage has been rearranged for Tuesday, April 9. The match was called off last month due to a frozen pitch, at 1.15pm ahead of scheduled 3pm kick-off. Both sides are currently in the fight for the top six positions in League One.
Relegation-battling Shrews midweek hosts for Reds
Barnsley will look to put more pressure on League One’s top two when they visit relegation-battling Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday from 7.45pm. The Reds are fourth – four points off the top two – after their 2-1 win at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday with goals in the 88th and 95th minutes. Shrewsbury are 19th, two places and three points clear of the relegation zone. The Shrews sacked manager Matt Taylor last month after...
McCart back in contention but Pines may play for u21s
Jamie McCart could be back in Barnsley’s squad for tomorrow night’s trip to Shrewsbury Town but Donovan Pines may play for the under 21s instead. January signing Pines has not played a competitive game for almost six months and played the first hour of a friendly last week for the under 21s, who are in action again at Sheffield United tomorrow evening. Head coach Neill Collins told the Chronicle: “Donovan has only played...
Talking points from Orient win
Analysis of Barnsley's late turnaround win over Leyton Orient at Oakwell. The visitors scored in the tenth minute but Adam Phillips netted in the 88th and 95th. REDS NEVER GIVE UP AND GET VITAL VICTORY THE LAST time Leyton Orient visited Oakwell, in December 2014, it was then Barnsley boss Danny Wilson’s 1,000th match as a manager. This game was also a milestone in the career of Neill Collins who, unlike his mentor and Oakwell...
Reds thrilled with late comeback and praise fans
Neill Collins and two-goal hero Adam Phillips were thrilled with Barnsley’s remarkable late win over Leyton Orient – and praised the fans for their support. The visitors took an early lead but Phillips netted in the 88th minute and – after Luca Connell was sent off – the 95th to secure a 2-1 victory. The result took Barnsley up a place to fourth in League One, four points off second. Head coach Collins told...
Late Phillips brace stuns Orient
Adam Phillips netted in both the 88th and 95th minutes as Barnsley incredibly came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Leyton Orient. The visitors took an early lead then the Reds dominated the ball for the rest of the game, missing chances before the remarkable late drama. Luca Connell was sent off between the two goals. Barnsley are up to fourth, four points behind second with a game in hand and...
Form team will look to ‘draw us back in’ but Barnsley ‘trying to catch teams above’
NEILL Collins knows League One’s form side Leyton Orient will be coming to Oakwell today to draw Barnsley back into a fight for the play-off places, but is only looking up the table. The Reds drew 1-1 at fellow promotion-chasers Bolton Wanderers on Saturday so are fifth in League One, two points clear in the top six, ten off leaders Portsmouth who have played two extra games and six off second-placed Derby County who have played...
How is the League One promotion race shaping up?
A club by club look at the top seven as the League One promotion race hots up BARNSLEY, 5th, Points: 53. Played: 29, Goal difference: +20 Can the Reds compete with the current top four for the last three months of the season or will they be scrapping for the final two play-off places? That question is in the balance and will be determined by whether they can perform much more like they have...
Barnsley ‘much more enjoyable challenge’ for Earl than ex club
JOSH Earl admits Barnsley’s promotion push will be a ‘much more enjoyable challenge’ than the relegation battle with previous club Fleetwood Town – but he will approach them in the same way. The 25-year-old defender moved from the Cod Army – who were bottom and on a 14-game winless run – to the top six Reds last week, with a game at Fleetwood on February 17. Earl told the Chronicle: “It’s a different challenge. “But...
COMMENT: 11 looks strong after January, but is there enough depth?
JANUARY was an often quiet window for Barnsley, punctuated by some important decisions which could define the promotion chase. The window was just a few hours old when Donovan Pines sauntered into the Oakwell directors’ box to watch a match, signing the following week. But it took until the first day of February for Barnsley to make another signing, bringing in Josh Earl, then Conor Grant’s loan capture was confirmed the next day. They tried to...
Grant thrilled to sign after nervous deadline day wait
CONOR Grant endured a ‘really nervous wait’ on deadline day before finally securing a ‘massive opportunity’ to play at Barnsley until the end of the season. The 22-year-old midfielder signed on loan from League Two MK Dons until the end of the season with an option to buy then came on for the final ten minutes at Bolton on Saturday. He had not heard of Barnsley’s interest, and had options to move to Scotland,...
Boss happy with squad and ‘6 strikers who can give us goals’
NEILL Collins believes he has six strikers capable of scoring goals in the promotion run-in and is delighted Barnsley were able to keep star players such as Devante Cole in the January window. The promotion-chasing Reds bought defender Josh Earl from Fleetwood Town and loaned in midfielder Conor Grant from MK Dons, both on deadline day, having signed US international centre-back Donovan Pines earlier in the window. They loaned out Callum Styles to Sunderland,...
Reds apply for safe standing in Ponty End
BARNSLEY are applying for safe standing, also known as rail seating, in a section of Oakwell's Pontefract Road End. After discussions with fans, it was highlighted as a key issue. Interim chief executive Jon Flatman said: “Completion of the recently announced lease with Barnsley Council has accelerated plans to implement safe standing at Oakwell, the club have now submitted an application to the SGSA for rail seating. "There are several steps in the process including...
Shaw loaned to Motherwell again
STRIKER Oli Shaw has gone back on loan to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership after briefly returning to Barnsley. The 25-year-old suffered a hamstring injury and left the Scottish side to complete his rehabilitation. Shaw has made 16 appearances for the Steelmen so far this season, with no goals but two assists. He is no stranger to Scottish football, having played for teams such as Hibernian, Kilmarnock and Ross County. Already a native of the...
New boy Grant looks to make impact
NEW signing Conor Grant is eager to make an immediate impact in a Barnsley shirt and is looking to grasp his chance as a League One player again. Midfielder Grant, 22, signed on deadline day last week on a loan deal from League Two MK Dons. It was a slightly surprising move given that Grant had struggled for playing time at a lower level with the Dons. But the former Republic of Ireland youth international...
Pines and McCart getting close to starts
Jamie McCart and Donovan Pines are getting closer to contention for first team starts but may not return to the Barnsley 11 for Saturday’s game against Leyton Orient. Pines, the American international centre-back, signed in January but has not played for more than four months. He was an unused substitute for the 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday then played 62 minutes of a friendly against Notts County on Tuesday. Collins said: “It wouldn’t...
A deal by deal look at Barnsley's January window
A deal by deal look at Barnsley's January transfer window in which they brought three in, sold one and loaned out nine. INCOMING SIGNINGS DONOVAN PINES The towering American international centre-back was spotted in the directors’ box for the New Year’s Day game against Wigan then, after returning to the US, his signing was announced minutes before the win over Bristol Rovers 12 days later. Pines, 25, appears to be exactly what...
Collins values keeping stars above extra signings
Neill Collins was delighted to keep hold of the likes of Devante Cole through the January transfer window, which he says was more important than making further additions to the squad. Barnsley brought in defenders Donovan Pines and Josh Earl as well as midfielder Conor Grant, with the last two arriving on deadline day. They also looked for a striker but head coach Collins said they were ‘not very close.’ The Reds loaned Callum Styles...
Talking points from Bolton draw
Analysis of Barnsley's 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. Devante Cole scored early for the Reds then the hosts levelled midway through the first half. REDS RATTLE HIGH-FLYERS BUT CANNOT FIND KILLER 2ND GOAL For much of this game, Barnsley looked like a top two contender - but especially the first half of the second half. Title favourites Bolton, with the best defensive record in the division, were totally rattled - regularly gifting the...