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Reds trust hits out at FA Cup replay change Image
Reds trust hits out at FA Cup replay change
Barnsley Football Club Supporters’ Trust has launched a passionate attack against the ‘disrespectful’ decision to scrap FA Cup replays. The change was announced yesterday and was prompted an angry response by clubs and fans. The trust said: “Barnsley Football Club Supporters’ Trust was bitterly disappointed with yesterday’s announcement that FA Cup replays will be scrapped from the first round onwards. “We find this decision to be disrespectfu
O’Keeffe: get behind us and we’ll bring it home
COREY O’Keeffe says Barnsley will ‘regroup’ once they secure a place in League One’s top six while his message to the fans is: ‘get behind us and we’ll bring it home.’ The Reds were in top two contention last month but are now fifth, four points clear in the top six with two games left. O’Keeffe told the Chronicle: “Last month we were in a very good position and we haven’t had the best results. ...
Grant pleased with full debut after ‘frustrating’ Reds spell
CONOR Grant was delighted to make his full debut for Barnsley at Portsmouth in midweek, after a ‘frustrating’ start to his Reds career. The Irish midfielder, 22, signed on loan from League Two MK Dons in the summer and has come off the bench ten times, scoring in the win at Wycombe last month. But he has only had two minutes of action in the month leading up to Tuesday’s match, sometimes being left out...
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Boss backs Reds to get through ‘dry patch’
NEILL Collins admits Barnsley must improve defensively to get through their current ‘dry patch’ but added: “I don’t think there’s loads wrong.” The Reds have won two of their last ten games but are still fifth in League One, four points clear in the play-off places with two matches remaining. Collins told the Chronicle: “It’s disappointing when you put it like that – nine points in ten games. “But when you look at the previous
Reds aim to win Blackpool’s ‘cup final’ and avoid final day drama Image
Reds aim to win Blackpool’s ‘cup final’ and avoid final day drama
NEILL Collins is confident Barnsley can get the win they need to secure a play-off place at Blackpool tomorrow rather than have to endure a nervous final day next week. The Reds, with two games to play, are fifth in League One, four points clear in the top six. They currently need three more points from two games to secure a place in the play-offs. This week they drew 2-2 at home to Reading on...
RESULTS
Portsmouth
3-2
16th Apr
Barnsley
Barnsley
2-2
13th Apr
Reading
Stevenage
2-1
9th Apr
Barnsley
FIXTURES
Blackpool
20th Apr
3:00pm
Barnsley
Barnsley
27th Apr
12:30pm
Northampton Town
P Pts
1 Portsmouth 44 94
2 Derby County 44 86
3 Bolton Wanderers 44 83
4 Peterborough United 43 80
5 Barnsley 44 75
6 Oxford United 45 74
7 Lincoln City 44 71
8 Blackpool 44 70
9 Stevenage 45 68
10 Leyton Orient 44 62
11 Northampton Town 44 59
12 Wycombe Wanderers 43 58
13 Exeter City 44 58
14 Bristol Rovers 44 57
15 Wigan Athletic 44 56
16 Charlton Athletic 44 52
17 Reading 44 50
18 Shrewsbury Town 44 47
19 Cambridge United 43 46
20 Burton Albion 44 43
21 Cheltenham Town 43 41
22 Port Vale 44 40
23 Fleetwood Town 44 37
24 Carlisle United 44 30
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RESULTS
Portsmouth
3-2
16th Apr
Barnsley
Barnsley
2-2
13th Apr
Reading
Stevenage
2-1
9th Apr
Barnsley
FIXTURES
Blackpool
20th Apr
3:00pm
Barnsley
Barnsley
27th Apr
12:30pm
Northampton Town
Both Russell and Connell ‘progressing’ Image
Both Russell and Connell ‘progressing’
BARNSLEY midfielders Luca Connell and Jon Russell should play in the league again this season, possibly at Blackpool on Saturday, says head coach Neill Collins. Connell picked up an injury in training last Friday while Russell hobbled off the next day against Reading, with both missing Tuesday’s trip to Portsmouth. Collins told the Chronicle: “They are progressing in the right direction. There is still an opportunity for them to be involved on Saturday, if not...
Reds contacted over pitch invasion incident
Barnsley FC are participating in an investigation into an incident involving one of their players during Tuesday night’s pitch invasion at Fratton Park. Portsmouth fans ran onto the pitch after their team clinched promotion and the League One title with a 3-2 win over the Reds. Footage appears to show a Barnsley player, thought to be defender Jamie McCart, being struck in the head as supporters rush past him. He is not thought to have...
Talking points from Portsmouth loss
Analysis of Barnsley's 3-2 loss at Portsmouth on Tuesday. The Reds led through Devante Cole then John McAtee but the hosts scored twice late on to win the title and get promoted. REDS GUTTED AMID POMPEY PARTY WHILE overjoyed Portsmouth players and fans celebrated in a sea of blue on the barely-visible pitch, Neill Collins conducted his much less joyous post-match interview in a utility room between a washing machine and a laminator. It...
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'As frustrating as it comes'
Neill Collins says Barnsley’s late 3-2 loss at Portsmouth was ‘as frustrating as it comes.’ The Reds led twice through Devante Cole and John McAtee but Pompey scored an 85th-minute penalty then won it soon after and secure both promotion and the title. Barnsley are still fifth, four points clear in the top six and need three from the last two games for the play-offs. Collins said: “That is as frustrating as...
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Reds stunned by two late Pompey goals in loss
Barnsley lost 3-2 at Portsmouth, having led 2-1 on 85 minutes, and still need three points from the last two games to secure a play-off place. Devante Cole ended his goal drought with a fifth-minute opener but the hosts levelled almost instantly. John McAtee restored the lead after the break then conceded a penalty late on which was converted before an 89th-minute winner. The Reds played well for the majority of the game...
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Reds hope to spoil Pompey promotion party
Barnsley visit leaders Portsmouth tonight hoping to deny their hosts a promotion party and secure a place in League One's top six. The Reds are fifth in League One, five points clear of the teams below the play-offs following a 2-2 home draw with Reading on Saturday. They need three points from their last three games to be sure of the play-offs – having taken nine from nine – while two sides chasing them Oxford...
OAKWELL ROUND-UP: Benson set-back, women in semi-final and u18s comeback
Some Barnsley FC-related stories following another busy weekend. 'LOADS TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT' SAYS BOSS Neill Collins says there is ‘loads to be positive about’ and Barnsley are in a ‘great position’ going into the last three games of the League One season. The Reds are fifth, five points clear in the top six and need three more points to reach the play-offs. They have collected nine from their last nine games. They visit leaders...
Talking points from Reading draw
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-2 home draw with Reading. The visitors took the lead twice but Adam Phillips and Fabio Jalo levelled. JALO RESCUES REDS A PLAYER who was less than a year old when Barnsley won the League One play-offs for the first time in 2006 took them one tentative, shaky step closer to finishing in the top six again this time. Fabio Jalo has been talked about as a future superstar for a...
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Reds remain confident with 3 points needed
Neill Collins says Barnsley will get at least the three points they need from three games to finish in the top six if they show the ‘attitude, character and intensity’ they displayed in a 2-2 home draw with Reading on Saturday. The visitors took the lead twice but Adam Phillips then teenage substitute Fabio Jalo levelled. The Reds are now five points clear in the top six and need three to make the play-offs, potentially...
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Jalo rescues point
Teenage substitute Fabio Jalo’s first ever league goal rescued a point for Barnsley in a 2-2 draw at home to Reading. The fifth-placed Reds are five points clear in the play-off places and need three points from last three games to make sure they are in the semi-finals. The visitors took the lead but Adam Phillips levelled in first half. Reading scored a superb second with ten minutes left but the impressive Jalo...
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Big game for both teams as Reading visit Oakwell Image
Big game for both teams as Reading visit Oakwell
BARNSLEY could take a big step towards securing a place in the top six when they host Reading from 3pm. The Royals are currently 17th, nine points and four places clear of the relegation zone. They could mathematically secure their safety at Oakwell depending on other results. The Royals have been docked six points throughout the season for failing to pay staff and their tax bills amid a financial crisis which has allegedly led to...
Reds women in cup quarter-final on Sunday
BARNSLEY FC women are preparing for a quarter-final at the weekend as they look to compete for cup glory as well as promotion in the final weeks of the season. They host Bradford City in the League Cup quarter-final on Sunday from 2pm on the astroturf pitch at Oakwell. A strong cup run could provide extra drama at the end of the first full season under the Barnsley FC umbrella for the women’s team. Manager...
De Gevigney insists bizarre own goal has not affected him
MAEL de Gevigney says his bizarre own goal in Barnsley’s previous home game has not had a lasting impact. The French defender scored in his own net in the Good Friday game with Cambridge United as his backpass went past goalkeeper Liam Roberts, before the Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat. He told the Chronicle: “When you are a defender or goalkeeper, you will make a mistake in your career. It’s part of the game. I...
Scorer Phillips confident Barnsley will avoid ‘disaster’ Image
Scorer Phillips confident Barnsley will avoid ‘disaster’
ADAM Phillips admits Barnsley missing out on the play-offs would be a disaster but is confident that won’t happen. The Reds have been in League One’s top six since New Year’s Day and are still six points clear in it, with four games left, but the gap is shrinking due to recent poor form. Midfielder Phillips told the Chronicle: “It would be a bit of a disaster if we fell out of the top...
‘We’re not worried’ as Cadden calls for fans to stick with Reds Image
‘We’re not worried’ as Cadden calls for fans to stick with Reds
NICKY Cadden says Barnsley are ‘not worried’ about their position in the top six and added: ‘the fans need to stay with us.’ The 27-year-old left wing-back has played 43 games for the Reds this season. Asked if the last month had been difficult mentally after the chances of the top two faded away, he told the Chronicle: “Not really. “We stayed positive. We are a good group with good players. “We need to stick...
Boss praises Cole's attitude and backs him to score soon Image
Boss praises Cole's attitude and backs him to score soon
NEILL Collins has praised Devante Cole’s attitude during his goalless run and believes he will soon start scoring again. Barnsley’s 17-goal top-scorer has not found the net in 13 matches across more than two months and has been in and out of the starting 11 in recent weeks. Head coach Collins said: “It could change any second. The biggest thing for me with Devante is he’s always there. I could show the last five or...
Results ‘not good enough’ as Reds look to secure top 6 spot
NEILL Collins acknowledges Barnsley’s recent results are ‘not good enough’ but believes they will soon rediscover their form from earlier in the season and secure a top six place. The Reds, with four league games left, are fifth in League One, nine points off second-placed Derby County with their chances of automatic promotion extinguished realistically if not quite mathematically yet. They are six clear in the top six but the two sides below them...
New dad Cundy could still play part – boss
New father Robbie Cundy is not in contention for this weekend but could still play a part this season, says Barnsley boss Neill Collins. With January signing Donovan Pines out for the season, Cundy is the biggest and most physically imposing centre-back at the club. But he has missed the entire season with injuries until returning to training last month then suffering a setback. Head coach Collins told the Chronicle: “We’re hoping he’s back training...
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Talking points from Stevenage loss
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-1 loss at Stevenage on Tuesday. The Reds took the lead through Adam Phillips but the hosts netted either side of half-time. REDS IN DANGER OF BEING CAUGHT IF THEY DO NOT IMPROVE WHAT had looked like a dip in form is in danger of becoming a full-blown crisis as the collapse which cost Barnsley their top two hopes is beginning to threaten their chances of the top six. The Reds...
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‘ They had better size and we didn’t cope with it’
Neill Collins says Barnsley struggled to deal with Stevenage’s physicality in their 2-1 Tuesday defeat but played down fears the Reds could fall out of the top six. Adam Phillips put the visitors in front but the hosts netted either side of half-time. Fifth-placed Barnsley are now eight points off the top two and six clear in the top six, with four matches to play, having collected eight points from their last eight...
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Reds beaten at Stevenage after taking lead
Barnsley continued their poor form with a 2-1 loss at Stevenage on Tuesday night, missing a chance to cement themselves in League One’s top six. Adam Phillips put the visitors ahead but the hosts – who were winless in eight – levelled just before half-time then won it early in the second half. Barnsley have taken eight points from eight games and are still fifth, eight points off the top two and six...
Reds look to bounce back at Stevenage
Barnsley visit Stevenage tomorrow from 7.45pm, hoping to bounce back from Saturday's loss at Charlton Athletic and cement their position in League One's top six. The Reds are fifth in League One, eight points off the top two and six clear in the top six. They lost 2-1 at Charlton on Saturday, ending a club record 11-game unbeaten away run. They need six more points from their last five games to guarantee a place in...
Talking points from Charlton loss
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-1 loss at Charlton Athletic. Alfie May netted twice in the first half either side of an Adam Phillips penalty. REDS LIMPING INTO PLAY-OFFS This match took place just a couple of miles from where Barnsley boxer Callum Simpson secured his latest knock-out victory at the 02 arena six days earlier. Across the Borough of Greenwich at The Valley, Barnsley’s top two hopes, which had been on the verge of a...
Collins rues refereeing decisions and second half display Image
Collins rues refereeing decisions and second half display
Neill Collins was frustrated with refereeing decisions and his side’s second half performance as Barnsley lost 2-1 at Charlton Athletic on Saturday. The Reds thought they should have had penalties for fouls on Devante Cole and John McAtee while they believe Fabio Jalo’s late equaliser was wrongly ruled out for offside. Head coach Collins said: “Fabio Jalo was a yard on side. The opposite wing-back is about a yard behind. “It was a great finish....
Away runs ends with loss at Charlton Image
Away runs ends with loss at Charlton
Barnsley’s club record 11-game unbeaten away run ended as they lost 2-1 at Charlton Athletic on Saturday. The hosts scored twice through league top-scorer in the first half, either side of an Adam Phillips penalty. Barnsley played fairly well in the first half and missed chances but struggled after the break and could have lost by more – with Liam Roberts conceding then saving an injury-time penalty. The Reds, who have...
Hosts Charlton ‘like a top six team’ as Reds hunt fifth straight away victory Image
Hosts Charlton ‘like a top six team’ as Reds hunt fifth straight away victory
NEILL Collins says Barnsley’s game at Charlton Athletic from 3pm tomorrow will ‘be like playing a top six team’. The Reds will look for a fifth successive away win, against the Addicks who are currently 16th, eight points and five places clear of the relegation zone. The London club were in danger of dropping into the fourth tier for the first time ever in February when they were outside the relegation zone on goal...
Reds devastated for injured Pines says fellow defender
JOSH Earl says Barnsley’s players are ‘devastated’ for injured defender Donovan Pines but believes they have the quality in the squad to replace him. Pines, who joined in the January transfer window along with Earl, played four games before being ruled out for the season with a thigh injury which required surgery. Earl told the Chronicle: “We are devastated for him. “His personality will be infectious while he’s injured. He’s a brilliant lad and h
Collins understands fan frustration with top 2 ‘on if we win games’
NEILL Collins says he has an ‘excellent’ relationship with Barnsley fans, despite some chanting for him to be sacked this week, and insists the top two is: ‘still on if we win games.’ The Reds, who have six league games left this season, are fifth in League One, eight points off second-placed Derby County with two games in hand. They are four points off third-placed Bolton Wanderers, with one game in hand, and level on...
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Minor injury setback for defender Cundy
ROBBIE Cundy has suffered a minor setback in his return from injury. The Reds defender – who has not played a first team game in almost a year due to injury – had been back in training and made three appearances for the under 21s. But he is yet to be in a first team matchday squad, with teenager Nathan James on the bench instead at Burton on Monday. Head coach Neill Collins said: “Robbie...
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McCart hoping for another promotion after return to 11
JAMIE McCart, who has experienced automatic promotion, play-off victory and play-off defeat, is hoping this season ends in another promotion with Barnsley. The 26-year-old centre-back won the Scottish League One play-offs with Alloa Athletic in 2018 then lost in the Scottish Championship play-offs with Inverness Caledonian Thistle the next year. He also played eight times for Leyton Orient, on loan from parent club Rotherham, in the second half of last season when they won the...
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McAtee – ‘At the end we will have something to cheer’
JOHN McAtee admits he can’t explain the wild difference between Barnsley’s results at home and away but believes: ‘at the end of the season we will have something to cheer about.’ While the Reds have broken a club record for away points this season, their form at Oakwell is much worse. They were beaten 2-0 at home to Cambridge on Friday, with McAtee hitting the post from close-range at 1-0. The striker told the Chronicle:...
Talking points from win at Burton
Analysis of Barnsley's 3-1 win at Burton Albion on Easter Monday. The Reds were behind at half-time but John McAtee scored twice and Luca Connell once. HARSH COLLINS SACK CHANTS STOP AFTER COMEBACK It started not long after Burton took the lead late in the first half. ‘Neill Collins, your football is s***’, sang hundreds of occupants of the 1,600 strong sell-out away end, some of whom were just metres away from the Reds head...
Collins thrilled with record and takes sack chants 'on shoulders'
Neill Collins is delighted to have broken a club record for away points in a season and will take ‘on our shoulders’ the chants for him to be sacked in the first half of Monday’s win at Burton Albion. Barnsley came from 1-0 down at the break to beat the relegation-battlers 3-1, chalking up a club record tally of 42 away points. Collins said: “There’s been a lot of fantastic teams over the years and...
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Reds set club records with comeback win
Barnsley broke two club records with a 3-1 win at lowly Burton Albion on Easter Monday. The Reds have set a club record for the longest unbeaten away league run in one season, 11 games. They have also set a club record for most away points, 42, and equalled the club record for most away wins with 12. The hosts led at half-time, with chants from some of the sold-out away end...
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Reds visit ex-coach’s lowly Burton
Barnsley will look to continue their excellent away form on Easter Monday when they visit Martin Paterson’s relegation-battling Burton Albion from 3pm. The Reds are fifth In the League One table, ten points off second - with two games in hand - and seven clear in the top six, following Friday’s 2-0 home loss to lowly Cambridge. Neill Collins’ side are unbeaten in ten away league games, equalling a club record for such...
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Collins rues poor home form
Neill Collins admits Barnsley’s home record has hindered their top two push. The Reds have the 11th best home record in League One and have conceded the third most goals on their own soil. They are winless in their last four home games. They are fifth, ten points off the top two following Friday’s 2-0 loss to Cambridge. Collins told the Chronicle: “You can’t have a record like that if you’re going for the top...
Talking points from Cambridge loss
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-0 home loss to Cambridge United on Good Friday. Mael de Gevigney's early own goal was followed by a second half header from Gassan Ahadme. DISASTROUS DAY AS REDS WELL-BEATEN BY OFF-FORM SIDE ONLY A small fraction of the home crowd stayed after the final whistle ended this dismal defeat but they were still loud when they booed the players and staff who went to applaud them as usual at full-time. ...
Top 2 'really difficult' after 'bitterly disappointing' loss
Neill Collins admits it will be ‘really difficult’ for Barnsley to get automatic promotion after a ‘bitterly disappointing’ 2-0 home loss to lowly Cambridge United on Good Friday. The visitors had lost their last games 6-0 and 4-0, picking up a point from seven, and losing four in a row away from home. But a bizarre own and second half header left fifth-placed Barnsley ten points off second with two games in hand,...
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Reds top two hopes suffer major blow in loss to Cambridge
Barnsley’s automatic promotion hopes suffered a massive blow as they lost 2-0 at home to relegation-battlers Cambridge United on Good Friday. A disastrous own goal saw Mael de Gevigney’s back pass go into the net on 13 minutes. The visitors – who had one point in their previous seven games and went down 6-0 and 4-0 in the last two – added another midway through the second half as the Reds produced a...
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Reds look to end home wobble against Monk’s Us
BARNSLEY will look to end their recent slight wobble at Oakwell when they host relegation-battling Cambridge United from 3pm today. The Reds have the tenth best home record in the division and conceded the third most goals on their own soil. They have not won in three at Oakwell – conceding a late leveller to Bolton, losing 5-1 to Lincoln and drawing 0-0 with lowly Cheltenham. The last time they went winless in four at...