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Five talking points from win over Boro
Doug O’Kane analyses Barnsley’s 2-0 win over Middlesbrough, with second half goals by Alex Mowatt and Daryl Dike putting them five points clear in top six with five games left.
On Grand National day, Barnsley resembled a long shot that stumbled out of the gate but has galloped to near the front and is threatening a major upset in the final furlongs.
Their fifth place is enviously looked up...
Ismael thrilled that Reds have passed 70-point mark
Valerien Ismael says passing 70 points will have 'a very very important psychological effect' on his Barnsley team following their 2-0 win over Middlesbrough.
After second half goals by Alex Mowatt and Daryl Dike, the Reds are fifth with 71 points and five points clear of the sides outside the play-off places.
Ismael told the Chronicle: "It is only three points but it means we crossed the 70 points line which has a very very...
Reds five points clear in top six after beating Boro
Barnsley are five points clear of the teams outside the Championship's top six after a 2-0 home win over Middlesbrough.
Alex Mowatt opened the scoring direct from a corner just after the hour then Daryl Dike doubled the lead.
The win means Barnsley stay fifth, and are now five points clear of Reading who lost last night at Watford and have dropped out of the play-off places.
The first hour was very poor from...
Ismael on his journey to Oakwell
Valerien Ismael started as a goalkeeper in junior football and planned to be a PE teacher as he did not think he would have the quality to play professionally. But he eventually became lifelong friends with Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry while reaching the top level of club football, where he aims to return with Barnsley.
Since being appointed in October last year, the Reds head coach has been immersed in his job at Oakwell...
Rowland hopes both he and Barnsley FC have glorious seasons
Motorracing star Oliver Rowland is hoping that both he and his beloved Barnsley FC can achieve their dreams in the coming months.
The 28-year-old from Penistone is set to compete from today in Rome in the Formula E series while keeping an eye on his hometown football club’s push for the Championship play-offs.
Rowland has been watching Barnsley rise up the second tier this season under Valerien Ismael with growing excitement.
P Pts
1 Norwich City 41 90
2 Watford 41 82
3 Swansea City 41 75
4 Brentford 40 73
5 AFC Bournemouth 41 71
6 Barnsley 41 71
7 Reading 41 66
8 Cardiff City 41 59
9 Millwall 41 58
10 Middlesbrough 41 57
11 Queens Park Rangers 41 56
12 Stoke City 41 55
13 Luton Town 40 53
14 Bristol City 41 50
15 Nottingham Forest 41 49
16 Preston North End 41 48
17 Blackburn Rovers 41 47
18 Birmingham City 41 45
19 Huddersfield Town 41 44
20 Derby County 41 43
21 Coventry City 40 42
22 Rotherham United 38 39
23 Sheffield Wednesday 41 35
24 Wycombe Wanderers 41 33
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Bethany with England weeks after ‘scary’ concussion
Barnsley woman Bethany England is delighted to be back in the England squad after suffering a severe concussion last month which she says was the ‘scariest moment of my life’.
The 26-year-old from Kingstone was playing for her club Chelsea in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid in Monza, Italy when she sustained a head injury which resulted in 16 hours of amnesia.
England told the Chronicle: “It’s a day I will never get...
Reds ‘want to get job done’ but may need more than 75
Valerien Ismael says Barnsley are determined to make the most of the very rare situation they have put themselves in this season – but adds they may still need ‘at least’ three wins from their last six games to make the play-offs.
The Reds are fifth in the table, three points clear of the sides outside the top six after they drew 1-1 at home to Reading on Friday then won 2-1 at Luton Town...
Reds ready for Warnock's Boro
Barnsley are ready for ‘another big game’ when they host Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough tomorrow from 3pm.
Boro are tenth in the table, 11 points behind the fifth-placed Reds and nine away from the top six.
Their chances of finishing in the top six took a major blow over Easter as they faced two of the other clubs in promotion contention and lost 3-1 at Bournemouth on Friday then drew 1-1 at home to Watford on...
Frieser hits gym to meet demands of Championship
Dominik Frieser has been working hard in the gym so that he can compete better in the Championship.
The Austrian forward has played 44 of Barnsley’s 46 games this season, and has often been in the starting line-up in recent weeks.
Frieser told the Chronicle: “I am happy with the starts. I changed some things.
“I did more work in the gym because I recognised that the Championship is a little bit different football...
Barnsley captain named March Player of Month
Alex Mowatt has been named the Championship player of the Month for March.
The Barnsley captain curled in a superb free-kick at QPR then assisted three other goals as his team surged into the top six. Head coach Valerien Ismael missed out on the manager’s award.
Meanwhile, Mowatt believes the final ten minutes in Barnsley’s Easter Monday win at Luton Town could be crucial for their promotion challenge.
The Reds captain decided not...
Moxon hoping for silverware with Yorkshire and promotion for Reds
Martyn Moxon believes his Yorkshire side can collect silverware in the 2021 county cricket season which begins tomorrow while also hoping his beloved Barnsley FC can reach the top flight of English football for the second time.
The Stairfoot man, who played for Yorkshire and England before becoming director of cricket at Headingley, has been following the Reds’ progress as Valerien Ismael led them to fifth with eight games remaining.
He is now hoping for...
Shutt hoping to build on last season’s progress
Jack Shutt is looking forward to a third season in the Yorkshire first team squad.
The 23-year-old spinner from Elsecar has been playing for Yorkshire in their pre-season matches. He has been training throughout the winter and hopes to add to his 14 first team games this season.
Shutt told the Chronicle: “The preparation has been pretty good, to say we’re in a pandemic. We’ve prepared as well as we possibly could. We have got...
Five talking points from win at Luton
Doug O'Kane looks at Barnsley's 2-1 Easter Monday win at Luton Town.
Luton won 1-0 at Oakwell on the opening day of this season which stopped Barnsley equalling a club record six home clean sheets but, on Monday, they could not prevent the Reds from winning six straight away games for the first time in their club’s 134-year history.
It is also the first time they have won...
Ismael delighted despite penalty drama
Valerien Ismael praised his players for 'controlling' most of their history-making 2-1 win at Luton Town but admits he wanted captain Alex Mowatt to take the penalty that Daryl Dike missed.
Dike netted twice to put the Reds 2-0 up but then won and missed a penalty, seconds before the hosts pulled a goal back on 84 minutes.
Barnsley held on to record a club record sixth successive away win and remain fifth in the...
Reds get club record sixth straight away win
Barnsley set a club record for six successive away win as they triumphed 2-1 at Luton Town.
Daryl Dike struck twice before missing a penalty for his hat-trick and seeing the hosts score from the counter-attack.
The Reds held on in a tense finale and remain fifth, three points clear of seventh-placed Bournemouth who have a game in hand.
Valerien Ismael made two changes to the team that drew with Reading on Friday at Oakwell....
Reds look for historic win at Luton
BARNSLEY will look to win a sixth successive away match for the first time in their history at Luton Town on Easter Monday from 3pm.
The Reds are fifth in the table, three points clear of the sides below the play-off places, with seven games remaining.
Barnsley have won at Brentford, Bristol City, QPR, Bournemouth and Wycombe Wanderers which is their first ever five-game winning run in away fixtures at second tier level and joint...
Five talking points from Reading draw
Doug O'Kane analyses the Good Friday 1-1 draw with fellow top six side Reading at Oakwell.
Alex Mowatt’s penalty had cancelled out Ovie Ejaria’s opener by the time of one of the most ridiculous passages of play you will see in professional football.
Yakou Meite, who had run out of play after an earlier attack, appeared from behind goalkeeper Brad Collins when Callum Styles passed back to him...
Ex-Reds start non-league season and hope Barnsley better 2000 team
Karl Rose and Darren Young are looking forward to managing teams in competitive football again over the next two months while also hoping their former club Barnsley FC can better the 1999/2000 play-off final campaign when they were both on the books at Oakwell.
Sportsclubs have been able to train and play since Monday and, although most leagues are not starting until later in the month, the County Senior League is due to begin today...
Ismael accepts 'slight step forward' but criticises 'disrespectful' Reading
Valerien Ismael says Barnsley took a 'slight step forward' with a 1-1 home draw against Reading which he says could be a vital point at the end of the season.
The visitors, who are one place behind the Reds, took the lead but Alex Mowatt levelled with a penalty. Ismael said: "We have to be happy with the point. It's a slight step but a step forward. It could be a very good forward.
Reds draw with promotion rivals
Barnsley drew 1-1 at home to promotion rivals Reading to remain fifth in the Championship with seven games remaining.
The visitors took the lead ten minutes before half-time but Alex Mowatt levelled with a penalty after the break then the hosts had a succession of chances and a goal ruled out. At the other end, Reading's Lucas Joao inexplicably missed an open goal at 1-1.
The Reds remain fifth in the Championship but are just...
The secrets of superfit Reds
Yoga, ice baths, blueberry smoothies and lie-ins are some of the tools Barnsley’s sport science department have been using to keep the squad fresh and in-form during this intense season.
Jonny Northeast has been head sports scientist at Oakwell since November after the previous incumbent Luke Dopson moved to Sheffield Wednesday.
He was previously in the same role at Swansea City when they were in the Premier League then worked at DC United in the...
Players ‘smelt’ success from start, says top-scorer
Cauley Woodrow says Barnsley’s players ‘smelt that we could achieve something great this season’ almost as soon as Valerien Ismael took over and is hoping they can finish the job in the next two months.
Ismael arrived in late October and took the Reds from fourth-bottom – where they also finished last season – into the play-off places. Asked if the current placing of fifth is beyond his pre-season expectations, striker Woodrow told the Chronicle:...
Re-charged Reds are ready for ‘final push’ after time off
Valerien Ismael has been impressed by the way his Barnsley side have returned from their week off during the international break ahead of the ‘final push’ in the last eight games of the season.
The Reds are fifth in the Championship, five points clear of the sides outside the play-off places with eight games remaining in the season which ends next month.
They are due to host sixth-placed Reading, who are two points behind them,...
Toby cuts hair for run-in and dad is waiting for goal to shave beard
Toby Sibbick has cut off his dreadlocks for the business end of Barnsley’s season while his father is growing his beard until the defender gets his first Reds goal.
The 21-year-old has had long dreadlocks during his time at Oakwell but turned up to training this week with a short new haircut. He joked: “You could say it’s my business end of the season haircut. I just thought it was time for a change so...
Helik backed to learn from pen and could play 45 hours later
Michal Helik will learn from the penalty he conceded for Poland against England on Wednesday and is in contention to play for Barnsley today less than 48 hours later, says Valerien Ismael.
The Polish centre-back conceded a penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling in the 2-1 loss at Wembley.
He is thought to be the first Barnsley player to play against England since Danny Blanchflower for Northern Ireland and Eddie McMorran for Ireland in...