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Reds 'not at it' in 'warning shot' loss
Michael Duff admitted his players ‘weren’t at it’ in Barnsley's 3-1 loss at Exeter City on Tuesday but hopes it will be a ‘warning shot.’
After Bobby Thomas cancelled out an opener, the hosts struck twice more after the break.
Duff said: “We weren’t at it. We played some nice football but not effective football. We didn’t win enough first contacts. They did to us what we’ve done to other teams.
“Too many players didn’t...
Unbeaten run ends in Devon
Barnsley’s 12-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 3-1 loss at mid-table Exeter City on Tuesday night.
The hosts took the lead but Bobby Thomas levelled before the break. Exeter netted again just after the interval before securing the victory with a late penalty.
The Reds delivered one of the poorer performances in months, struggling to create chances and conceding poor goals.
They remain fourth, six points off the top...
Reds don't need to use postponement as motivation at Exeter, says boss
Michael Duff says Barnsley won't need to use the late postponement in January as motivation when they face hosts Exeter City from 7.45pm on Tuesday.
The Reds are fourth in League One, six points off the top two and 12 clear in the top six. They are eight points behind leaders Plymouth Argyle with two games in hand.
They have not played since winning 4-2 at home to local rivals Sheffield Wednesday last Tuesday. ...
Cole says this could be his best ever season
DEVANTE Cole says this could be his best ever season and a promotion with Barnsley would mean more than the previous times he has gone up in his career.
The 27-year-old striker is the Reds’ top-scorer with 12 goals in all competitions this season, the joint best of his career along with the 2020/21 campaign with Motherwell in Scotland.
He has helped the Reds to fourth in League One, in contention for automatic promotion which...
Reds ponder whether to start Norwood on nine bookings
Barnsley’s coaching staff will ‘have a conversation’ about whether to start James Norwood at his former club Exeter City tomorrow as the striker will get a two-match ban if he receives a yellow card.
The 32-year-old, who has been on excellent form over recent months, collected his ninth booking of the season in the 4-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday last Tuesday – for arguing with the officials over a disputed goal kick having been substituted....
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OAKWELL ROUND-UP: Defender linked, 3-minute hat-trick and international goal
A round-up of some Barnsley FC-related stories.
Barnsley are close to signing free agent Polish defender Kacper Lopata, according to reports.
The 21-year-old former Sheffield United youngster is out of contract after leaving cash-strapped National League club Southend United earlier this month following an alleged breach of contract due to unpaid wages.
The Southend Echo has reported that he is due to sign with Barnsley who will loan him...
Connell disappointed not to be called up but focusing on Reds
LUCA Connell was disappointed not to receive an international call-up for this weekend but is now focusing on the final ten games of Barnsley’s promotion push.
The 21-year-old central midfielder has represented Republic of Ireland under 21s but his last cap was two years ago, having had to pull out of a squad in September due to injury.
He was not included in their squad for a friendly against Iceland on Sunday.
Connell told the...
Owls win ‘statement’ but top 2 might require record tally
BARNSLEY’S victory over Sheffield Wednesday was a ‘statement win’ in what Michael Duff believes may be a record-breaking race for automatic promotion from League One.
The Reds are fourth, six points off the top two and 12 clear in the top six.
They are eight points behind leaders Plymouth Argyle with two games in hand.
This week they won 1-0 at Wycombe Wanderers, who are eighth, then 4-2 at home to second-placed local rivals Sheffield...
Watters derby winner restores confidence lost after red card
MAX WATTERS says the confidence he lost after being sent off last month has been restored by netting the winning goal for Barnsley in their 4-2 derby success over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old, who joined on loan from Cardiff City for the rest of the season in January, got his first Reds goal against Cambridge United but was dismissed in the same game.
He served a three-match ban, during which he picked up...
Talking points from Wednesday win
Analysis of Barnsley's 4-2 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Oakwell on Tuesday. Devante Cole and James Norwood put the Reds 2-0 up early then, after the visitors made it 2-2, Max Watters and Liam Kitching secured the win.
WHEN Liam Kitching’s goal hit the back of Sheffield Wednesday’s net deep in injury-time, and secured a famous South Yorkshire derby win, Oakwell was unlike it has been for years.
The Barnsley...
'Really, really pleasing night'
Michael Duff hailed a ‘really really pleasing night’ as Barnsley beat local rivals Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 at Oakwell.
Devante Cole and James Norwood put the Reds 2-0 up early on then, after Wednesday levelled, Max Watters and Liam Kitching won it.
Barnsley are fourth in League One, six points off the top two, and unbeaten in 12 with ten wins.
Duff said: “It wasn’t a brilliant game for quality but a proper local derby with...
Reds hit four past Owls in derby win
Barnsley recovered from losing a 2-0 lead to beat local rivals Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 and further boost their top two chances on an extraordinary night at Oakwell.
Devante Cole and James Norwood netted in the tenth and 12th minutes as the Reds got off to a superb start.
The Owls pulled one back before the break then levelled with 15 minutes left before Max Watters got the crucial goal then Liam Kitching completed...
'Different player' Tedic thrilled with first goal
SLOBODAN Tedic agrees that he is a ‘different player’ after returning from injury and is hoping his first Barnsley goal will lead to many more.
The 22-year-old striker, who is on loan from Manchester City, netted a late winner at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
It was his first goal in 16 appearances for the Reds and ended a 43-game wait for a goal since netting for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch top flight two year...
Russell called up by Jamaica but Ipswich still have just two
Barnsley midfielder Jon Russell has been called up by Jamaica.
The 22-year-old, who signed in January, has been added to the squad to face Mexico on Monday. He has been called up before but is yet to make his debut.
Meanwhile, Ipswich's Greg Leigh is not in the Jamaica squad - meaning they do not have the three international call-ups which they used to call off their game at Oakwell on Saturday.
The East Anglian...
Reds relishing Wednesday derby
Barnsley will look to end local rivals Sheffield Wednesday’s 23-game unbeaten run in a South Yorkshire derby at Oakwell from 8pm on Tuesday which could be played in front of one of the biggest crowds there in years.
Wednesday are top of League One by a point. The Reds are fourth, nine points behind the Owls and eight off second-placed Plymouth Argyle who have played two extra games.
The Reds won 1-0 at Wycombe Wanderers...
Talking points from Wycombe win
Analysis of Barnsley's 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers. Slobodan Tedic scored in the 85th minute.
Barnsley had pulverised a series of promotion rivals at Oakwell before this game but gained a very different if no less important win at Adams Park on Saturday.
The Reds were nowhere near their best but somehow ground out an epic late victory to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games with...
Duff thrilled with Tedic winner after 'poor' performance
Michael Duff said his Barnsley side were ‘poor’ at Wycombe Wanderers but was delighted for Slobodan Tedic who netted his first goal for the club in a late 1-0 win.
The Reds were not at their best against tough opponents but scored an 85th minute winner.
Duff said: “It wasn’t a good performance but we ground out a good win.
“We managed to find two points which we’ve been better at post Christmas. That’s...
Tedic nets late winner
Slobodan Tedic netted an 85th-minute winner with his first Barnsley goal as they continued their superb form with a 1-0 victory at Wycombe Wanderers.
In a poor match, the Reds could not recreate their recent performances, struggling to play fluent football against direct and physical opponents who had the better chances overall.
But the substitutes made the difference with Luke Thomas crossing for Manchester City loanee Tedic to deftly head into the top...
MATCH PREVIEW: Wycombe v Barnsley
An in-depth look at today's match at Adams Park. Fourth-placed Barnsley will look to extend their ten-game unbeaten run at seventh-placed Wycombe.
TEAM NEWS: Barnsley: Out injured: Conor McCarthy (knee), Matty Wolfe (knee). Doubts: Robbie Cundy (knee) Brad Collins (quad).
Wycombe: Doubts: Nick Freeman, Sam Vokes, David Wheeler. Out: Ryan Tafazolli, Dom Gape, Jordan Obita.
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It is fair to say that the last few...
League One's promotion battle
An in-depth look at the sides currently in the top six in League One, as Barnsley challenge for promotion.
BARNSLEY, 4th, 66 points, 34 games
A very settled Reds side are performing with real confidence, outplaying strong opponents, scoring excellent goals from a variety of sources and staying strong at the back.
They look a very well-drilled, well-organised team with momentum and consistency built up over many months, having collected 45...
Barnsley confident heading into another huge week
BARNSLEY know the trip to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow will be a threat to their excellent recent run but Michael Duff has said: ‘there is no reason we can’t win every game.’
The Reds are fourth in League One, eight points off the two automatic promotion places and six clear in the top six.
A 3-0 home success over second-placed Plymouth Argyle on Saturday extended their unbeaten run to ten games with eight wins including comfortable...
Harry relishing competition with former u9 club-mate Brad
HARRY Isted has known Brad Collins since they were under nines together in Portsmouth’s academy and welcomes the competition for Barnsley’s starting goalkeeper spot in the run-in.
Isted joined the Reds on loan in January from Luton Town and has played the last seven matches following an injury to Collins who is now nearing a return to fitness.
Isted told the Chronicle: “It’s a game of luck sometimes.
“When you get your opportunity, you’ve got...
Reds option to buy unbeaten Bobby if they are promoted
BOBBY Thomas admits he couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Barnsley career, which the club are thought to have an option to extend if they are promoted this season.
The 22-year-old centre-back’s ten games for the Reds – since signing on loan from Burnley in January – have coincided with the current ten-game unbeaten run which includes eight wins and two draws.
He has won all five of his games at Oakwell...
‘Tough choice’ as Collins could return
BRAD Collins is expected to be passed fit to play at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, leaving head coach Michael Duff with a ‘tough decision’ over who to play in goal.
Collins has been injured since early February, with loanee Harry Isted impressing in his seven games.
Duff said: “We think Brad will probably be involved on Saturday. It will be a tough decision if I have to make it but, until I am told that...
Ipswich match to be moved
Barnsley’s home game with Ipswich Town will not be played on March 25 due to international call-ups for the visitors.
Ipswich have had three players called up so are allowed to postpone the game which they have chosen to do.
Ipswich are currently third and Barnsley fourth in League One.
The match has been re-arranged for April 25, the Tuesday on the penultimate week of the season.
OAKWELL ROUND-UP: Ipswich game in doubt, loan goals and youth wins
A round-up of some news at Barnsley FC this week.
BARNSLEY’S home game against Ipswich Town on March 25 could be called off due to international call-ups for the Tractor Boys.
Ipswich duo Wes Burns and Nathan Broadhead have been called up by Wales while Greg Leigh and ex-Red Sam Morsy might be selected by Jamaica and Egypt respectively.
If clubs...
Mads thrilled with goal and grateful to Isted
MADS Andersen was delighted to score his first league goal of the season on Saturday and grateful to goalkeeper Harry Isted for bailing him out after an earlier error.
The Barnsley captain headed in the second goal in a 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.
The Danish defender scored earlier in the season in the EFL Cup at Leeds United in August but had not netted in the league despite starting every match.
Andersen told the...
No 'back-slapping' at Oakwell after Plymouth win
Michael Duff knows Saturday’s win over Plymouth Argyle could be crucial in Barnsley’s promotion push but says ‘there will be no back-slapping.’
The fourth-placed Reds defeated second-placed Plymouth 3-0 at Oakwell, cutting the gap between the two to eight points with Barnsley having two games in hand.
Duff told the Chronicle after the game: “If you are going to finish any higher you have to beat the teams above you.
“Coming into this run of...
Talking points from Plymouth win
Talking points from Barnsley's 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. Adam Phillips, Mads Andersen and Nicky Cadden got the goals.
IT HAD been 224 days since Barnsley visited Plymouth on opening day of the season on July 30, during a record-breaking heat wave, and were outclassed in a 1-0 loss.
Reds head coach Michael Duff said last week that the Devon club ‘wiped the floor’ with his misfiring...
Duff praises players, staff and fans after big win
Michael Duff praised his players, the staff who cleared the snow to allow the game to go ahead, and the ‘fantastic’ fans after a 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Oakwell.
The Reds scored three times in the final 30 minutes through Adam Phillips, Mads Andersen and Nicky Cadden to cut the gap to second-placed Plymouth to eight points, with two games in hand. They are unbeaten in ten games, with eight wins, and have...
Reds defeat Plymouth to cut gap to top 2
Barnsley gained a huge result in their promotion push as recorded a superb 3-0 home victory over second-placed Plymouth Argyle at Oakwell.
Adam Phillips opened the scoring just after the hour-mark with a fine long-range strike then captain Mads Andersen doubled the lead before Nicky Cadden curled in a 90th-minute free-kick.
The Reds deserved the win as they were the better side overall, creating more chances than their rattled visitors who lost the...
Can Reds drag Plymouth into scrap for top two?
WHEN Plymouth went 17 points clear of Barnsley on Halloween night, the idea of the Reds catching them must have seemed like the most implausible ghost story.
It is still unlikely but the fact that it is not impossible going into the final two months of the season is testament to the outstanding work of everyone at Oakwell this season.
The fourth-placed Reds now are due to host the second-placed Pilgrims in a fascinating fixture...
MATCH PREVIEW: Barnsley v Plymouth
An in-depth look into Barnsley's home game with Plymouth.
James Norwood v Callum Burton
Plymouth’s star goalkeeper Michael Cooper – considered one of the best in the lower leagues – suffered a season-ending injury in a loss at Sheffield Wednesday last month after a controversial challenge by Josh Windass.
He was replaced by Burton, 26, who had only played once at this level before this season.
He shipped five goals at Peterborough last...
Boss pleased with strength in depth
MICHAEL Duff is pleased with the depth of his squad and has challenged the players not getting gametime to force their way back into contention.
The Reds’ squad size has been boosted recently by January signings and the return of several players from injury.
Duff told the Chronicle: “You look at the four subs we brought on on Saturday and they are all good players, and some good players didn’t make the bench.
“It’s a...
Phillips working hard on defensive side of game
ADAM Phillips is pleased with his regular goals and assists from midfield and believes he has improved the less celebrated sides of his game while working with Michael Duff this season.
The 25-year-old has netted eight goals this season, six in the league and two in the FA Cup.
He has the most assists for Barnsley this season with six, including two in the 3-1 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday.
But head coach Duff has...
Cadden dedicates fine first Oakwell goal to baby son
NICKY Cadden dedicated his first Oakwell goal to baby son Leo – capping a hectic last month for Barnsley’s left wing-back.
The 26-year-old, who became a dad on February 19, made it 2-0 to the Reds against Portsmouth on Tuesday with a superb long-range strike then stuffed the ball up his shirt.
After the 3-1 win, the Scot told the Chronicle: “I nearly forgot.
“I had to run back and get the ball.
“My dad...
Reds look to continue fine run against Plymouth
MICHAEL Duff wants his Barnsley players to not look up to the automatic promotion places or down to the teams trying to get in the top six, but instead ‘look forward’ to tomorrow’s vital home match with second-placed Plymouth Argyle.
The Reds are fourth in League One, six points clear in the top six and 11 behind Plymouth who occupy the second of two automatic promotion spots.
Argyle have played two more games than Barnsley...
Duff manager of month yet again
MICHAEL Duff has won League One’s Manager of the Month for the third time this season.
The Barnsley head coach was given the award in November and December and now February in which they won five out of six games.
Duff said: “It’s a nod of recognition to the football club – the staff and people like Beth (Sefton).
“It’s acknowledgement of everything coming together. I pick up the award but it’s not about me....
East Stand back open
Oakwell's East Stand has now been cleared to re-open for matches.
The stand was shut for Tuesday's win over Portsmouth due to some loose cladding.
Repairs have been made and approved by the Safety Advisory Group which oversees EFL grounds.
The stand will be in use for Saturday's match with Plymouth, unless it is called off due to snow.
The Reds are set to make an assessment on the safety of the areas around Oakwell....
Cundy and Collins future returns may create selection headaches
MICHAEL Duff is pleased Robbie Cundy and Brad Collins are nearing a return to fitness and knows that will leave him with selection headaches.
Defender Cundy returned to training this week after being out for two months with a knee problem.
Head coach Duff said: “We might need to get him some minutes in a 21s game.
“We just want him to get through a couple of weeks of training.
“But he will be ready...
Talking points from Pompey win
Analysis of Barnsley's 3-1 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday which took them up to fourth in League One.
IT WAS a night of special moments at Oakwell on Tuesday as Barnsley continued to unite on and off the pitch and momentum grew even greater in this epic promotion push.
James Norwood opened the scoring at the exact same time that phone lights were being turned on around the ground in a...
Reds 'good value' for win on 'poignant' night
Michael Duff said Barnsley were ‘good value’ for a 3-1 win over Portsmouth and called the opening goal at the exact time of a tribute to unwell club employee Beth Sefton ‘a poignant moment.’
James Norwood and Nicky Cadden put the Reds 2-0 up then, after Portsmouth replied in the second half, Devante Cole secured the win to move them up to fourth.
Head coach Duff said: “I thought we were good value for it....
Reds up to fourth after beating Pompey
Barnsley continued their excellent form with a 3-1 home win over Portsmouth on Tuesday which took them up to fourth in League One.
James Norwood and Nicky Cadden netted within three minutes of each other midway through a dominant first half.
Portsmouth replied just after the break but Devante Cole made it 3-1 on the hour, to kill the contest.
The result extended Barnsley’s unbeaten run to nine games – with seven...
Barnsley v Portsmouth | Match Preview Video - games in hand, team update and key players
Welcome to another match preview, today Production Editor Ashley Ball speaks with Sports Editor Doug O'Kane and takes a look at the upcoming fixture at Oakwell for the Reds against Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.
Norwood would love Championship chance but is keeping Reds focused
JAMES Norwood would love to reach the Championship for the first time at the age of 32 but, as the most experienced player in the Barnsley squad, is making sure they focus on each game rather than obsess over the end goal of promotion.
The striker joined for this season from Ipswich Town, having spent much of his career in non-league football. He has seven goals for the Reds who are sixth in League One...