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Reds hope to complete double over high-flying Hornets
Barnsley are hoping to complete the double over promotion-chasing Watford at Vicarage Road tomorrow evening from 7.45pm. 
The Reds will still be without defenders Aapo Halme and Jordan Williams – who have each picked new injuries in the last week – as well as new signing Liam Kitching and striker George Miller. 
Watford are fifth in the Championship, six points and five places ahead of the Reds, while they have the most home points and...
Five talking points from Swansea game
Doug O'Kane analyses Barnsley's 2-0 home loss to Swansea City.




This game was frustrating because Barnsley showed for 45 minutes that they can match, at least, one of the best teams in the division - which bodes well for the rest of the season - before giving away two poor goals. 

They continued their bad record against the top sides but not due to a gulf in...
Ismael annoyed after 'completely stupid' second Swansea strike
Valerien Ismael was frustrated by a 'completely stupid mistake' for Swansea City's second goal as Barnsley lost 2-0 at home on Saturday evening. 

The Reds were on top in the first half but conceded seconds before the break then a calamitous mix-up allowed the Welsh side to make it 2-0 early in the second half. 

Head coach Ismael said: "It was a very strong first half and it was exactly our gameplan. I think we...
Reds beaten at home to Swansea
Barnsley's run of four straight home wins came to an end with a 2-0 loss at home to second-placed Swansea City. 
The visitors had been second best in the first half but took the lead just before the break then doubled it early in the second half after a terrible mix-up between Mads Andersen and Michal Helik.  
The Reds are now tenth, six points off the play-off places, while they have lost their last...
Barnsley look for 5th straight home win at start of ‘massive week’
Valerien Ismael is looking forward to beginning a ‘massive week’ when Barnsley host second-placed Swansea City tomorrow from 7.45pm. 

The Reds were hoping the game would be on after heavy snowfall yesterday, and were planning to clear the pitch while also using their undersoil heating. 

The Swans are currently second in the Championship, four points behind leaders Norwich City and nine clear of ninth-placed Barnsley. 

After beating Tranmere in the FA Cup, the Reds have...
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2 Swansea City 24 46
3 AFC Bournemouth 24 42
4 Brentford 22 41
5 Watford 23 40
6 Reading 23 40
7 Middlesbrough 23 36
8 Stoke City 24 36
9 Bristol City 23 36
10 Barnsley 24 34
11 Blackburn Rovers 24 33
12 Luton Town 24 33
13 Preston North End 24 32
14 Huddersfield Town 24 31
15 Cardiff City 23 29
16 Millwall 23 26
17 Coventry City 23 26
18 Birmingham City 24 26
19 Nottingham Forest 24 25
20 Queens Park Rangers 23 24
21 Sheffield Wednesday 23 19
22 Rotherham United 21 19
23 Derby County 23 19
24 Wycombe Wanderers 23 15
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New striker Morris excited by talent at Oakwell after move
He has won the FA Youth Cup and been at Norwich City while they were in the Premier League, but Carlton Morris says he has never been  at a club with as much young talent as the current Barnsley squad. 

The 25-year-old striker joined the Reds last week from Norwich for an undisclosed fee on a contract until 2023, although the Oakwell club can extend it for an extra year. 

He told the Chronicle: “The...
Kitching hoping to be next centre-back star
Liam Kitching is hoping to be the latest centre-back Barnsley turn into a Championship star after signing from the lower leagues.

The 21-year-old signed last week from League Two club Forest Green Rovers until 2024 with the Reds having an option to keep him for a further year. He has not been training this week due to a groin issue but could return next week. 

Kitching told the Chronicle: “The injury is just a little...
Sibbick returns to ‘happier’ Oakwell after ‘strange’ year of loans
Toby Sibbick says the Oakwell he left more than a year ago is very different to the ‘happier’ club he has returned to in recent weeks.

The 21-year-old centre-back was loaned to Scottish club Hearts last January then went on loan to Belgian club KV Oostende for the first half of this season but only made two appearances in total for the two clubs, with the most recent being on February 1 last year.

Kane hopes to repay boss Ismael’s faith
Herbie Kane is hoping to repay Valerien Ismael’s faith after the young midfielder was backed to be a regular starter in the Barnsley side. 

The 22-year-old central midfielder, who signed from Liverpool for about £1.25million last summer, spent most of the first half of the season as a back-up to Matty James and captain Alex Mowatt – coming off the bench 12 times and starting only four games.

But, after Barnsley head coach Ismael decided...
Mowatt wants to stay beyond January after bid rejected, says Ismael
Barnsley captain Alex Mowatt wants to stay at Oakwell beyond this current transfer window and is considering the latest offer to extend his contract, says head coach Valerien Ismael. 

Mowatt’s contract is due to expire at the end of this season and Ismael has said  extending it is the Reds’ top priority in the window. 

The head coach revealed yesterday that the Reds had rejected an offer for Mowatt from another club but said that...
Barnsley sports stars look ahead to 2021
Sportspeople from Barnsley look ahead to 2021.



 THE PENISTONE man was due to begin the 2021 Formula E championship this weekend and, although the campaign has been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis, he is hoping to take the title this year. 

Rowland, 28, was set to compete in Santiago, Chile from today but that event is now likely to be rearranged and the first meeting is due to be in Saudi...
Reds to host Norwich in FA Cup and Chelsea could be next
Barnsley will host fellow Championship club Norwich City in the fourth round of the FA Cup with the winners taking on Chelsea or Luton Town in the last 16

The fourth round draw will take place on the weekend of January 22-24 and the fifth round in midweek on February 10. 

The Reds beat Tranmere Rovers on Sunday to reach the last 32 and will now host the Canaries who are top of the second...
Five talking points from FA Cup victory
Doug O'Kane analyses Sunday's 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Tranmere Rovers. 


Valerien Ismael had said he would play his strongest side in this FA Cup third round game and did so, except giving back-up goalkeeper Brad Collins a start. 
As for the outfield players, who he wanted to stay in rhythm for the upcoming league games with a free week either side of this cup tie, he...
Barnsley hope for Premier League side in last 32
Valerien Ismael hopes Barnsley are drawn against a 'big Premier League club' in the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating League Two Tranmere Rovers in the third round. 

The Reds won thanks to second half goals by Michal Helik and Cauley Woodrow so will be in the fourth round draw tomorrow evening.

Ismael told the Chronicle: "We hope we play a Premier League team in the next round. The guys deserve a big...
Reds into fourth round after beating Tranmere
Barnsley won 2-0 at home to League Two Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup at Oakwell on Sunday. 

Michal Helik broke the deadlock just before the hour then Cauley Woodrow made sure of the win in the 94th minute with a penalty after Luke Thomas was fouled. 

It was an unspectacular game which saw the League Two visitors compete well but miss key first half chances, while the Reds produced a...
Reds to play strong side against Hill’s men
Valerien Ismael has suggested he will play his strongest side when Barnsley host Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup. 

Keith Hill’s mid-table League Two side are set to look for their club’s first-ever win at Oakwell tomorrow from 1.30pm.

There will be no replay, with the match settled by extra-time and penalties in the event of a draw. 

Jordan Williams is back in training after a hamstring problem. His only appearance...
Ismael wants 6 wins for safety from 2nd half of season
Barnsley are targeting six wins from the final 23 games of the season to secure their Championship safety but Valerien Ismael hopes that is achieved long before the end of the campaign. 

The Reds are ninth in the Championship, with 34 points at the halfway point of the season – their joint most at that level in 20 years. 

They are three points off the top six and 15 above the relegation zone. 

Head coach...
Chaplin ‘hated’ watching from home
Conor Chaplin has not enjoyed watching Barnsley’s last two games from home but is excited to get back on the pitch in a competition he has fond memories of on Sunday. 

The 23-year-old striker missed the win at Rotherham United and the loss at Norwich City as he was a close contact of goalkeeper Brad Collins who tested positive for Covid-19 along with captain Alex Mowatt. But he has returned to training.

Chaplin told the...
Sollbauer plays down clean sheet fears
Michael Sollbauer is not worried about Barnsley’s 11-game wait for a clean sheet because the overall form is good. 

The Reds have not kept a clean sheet since their win over Nottingham Forest in November. Sollbauer told the Chronicle: “It’s not frustrating. If we keep winning regularly, I will take it for the rest of the season. Even if you are playing really well, you still have space to improve. You can never be satisfied. ...
COMMENT: 2021 could be even better year for Reds if they get January right
Doug O’Kane looks at Barnsley’s next 5 games as well as their current situation on and off pitch


We have just witnessed one of the most unusual, memorable and action-packed years in Barnsley’s history, but 2021 has the potential to be even more special – if January goes well. 

2020 saw the Reds collect as many Championship wins, 18, as in the previous three years combined. They avoided relegation in extraordinary circumstances last season, then...
Top town clubs ponder options as non-league suspended again
Barnsley's top non-league clubs have mixed feelings over how and whether to complete the 2020/21 season after it was suspended again. 

All non-elite sport has been shut down during the new national lockdown which is due to be reviewed next month but is expected by many to last until at least March. 

Northern Counties East League games had already been suspended until January 13, as most of their clubs were in tier four areas under...
Mowatt deal ‘most important’ after Reds land ‘main targets’
Valerien Ismael says Barnsley have signed their ‘main targets’ for January but are now focusing on extending Alex Mowatt’s contract and potentially adding strength in depth following the exit of Matty James. 

It has been a busy first week for the Reds in the January transfer window as Liam Kitching signed on Tuesday followed by Carlton Morris on Wednesday while James, Elliot Simoes and Jordan Green all left in different ways.

Ismael told the Chronicle:...
Barnsley sign Morris
Barnsley have signed Norwich City striker Carlton Morris.
The 25-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee on a deal until 2023 with the Reds having an option to add another year. 
Morris played just once for Norwich in 2015 but made 175 appearances for various loan clubs, scoring 29 goals. He spent the first half of last season in South Yorkshire at Rotherham United then was twice loaned to another League One outfit MK Dons. 
Simoes loaned to Doncaster
Barnsley forward Elliot Simoes has joined their South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has played 27 games for the Reds, scoring three goals including in the draw at Stoke City this season.
But the Angola international was taken off after 38 minutes of the 3-0 loss at Cardiff City by new head coach Valerien Ismael who then said he needed to be more serious and...
Kitching is Barnsley's first January signing
Liam Kitching has become Barnsley's first signing of the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old centre-back has joined from League Two Forest Green Rovers.

He came through the Leeds United academy with the likes of Aapo Halme and Clarke Oduor before moving to Forest Green Rovers in 2019. He has played 53 games for the League Two club.


Kitching will not make his debut against Tranmere Rovers on Sunday as he is cup-tied for the...