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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Blackpool

26 April 2019

The Reds are back in action at Oakwell this weekend as we welcome Blackpool in our final home league game of the 2018/19 Sky Bet League One season, and we have it covered in this week's big match preview.

After what has already been a long and enduring campaign for the Reds, it's down to the final week and just two more fixtures as Daniel Stendel's side remain right in the hunt for an immediate return to the second tier.

Back-to-back victories over Easter and results elsehwhere see Barnsley sitting second, two points above nearest challengers, Portsmouth, who do however have an extra game to play.

Good Friday's 2-1 success against Shrewsbury Town at Oakwell was followed up by one of our most impressive away performances of the season at Plymouth Argyle on Easter Monday, running out comfortable 3-0 winners in Devon. 


The welcome return to fitness and first team contention of striker Kieffer Moore has provided a timely boost for Reds boss, Stendel. The big forward made 20 minute cameo appearances in both holiday fixtures.

Young forward Jacob Brown scored in both Easter fixtures, he has three goals in his last three games and along with Alex Mowatt and Cauley Woodrow, he's helped the Reds re-discover their touch in front of goal, with the Reds hitting nine goals in their last three fixtures.

After making his surprise return from injury, Kieffer along with Dale Tonge spoke to the media in midweek to preview Saturday's clash with Blackpool, and both those pre-match press conference videos are available on iFollow Barnsley.

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Until a couple of weeks ago, Blackpool still had an outside chance of breaking into the top six before this exhilarating campaign drew to a close. The Tangerines were just outside the playoff places following a 3-0 victory over Burton Albion back in November having lost only three of their opening 18 games.

But an indifferent run of form has since seen Terry McPhillips’ side win only seven of their next 26 matches, with home draws against Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Southend United and Plymouth Argyle appearing to be particularly costly.

However, the Seasiders have shown their resolve against the division’s top teams – drawing at Charlton Athletic, Sunderland and Luton Town, while also securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Portsmouth back in January.


They won 2-1 on Easter Monday, beating Fleetwood Town in the Fylde coast derby thanks to a last-gasp Nathan Delfouneso strike at Bloomfield Road. 

One goal separated the two sides when we met at Bloomfield Road at the end of 2018, with Cameron McGeehan’s opportunist header just before the hour mark proving to be decisive.

Earlier this campaign, Blackpool knocked Barnsley out of the EFL Cup after staging a second half fightback to come from a goal down to win 3-1, courtesy of strikes from Michael Nottingham, Harry Pritchard and Armand Gnaduillet.

The Tangerines are one of only a handful of teams with nothing left to play for this season, so supporters can sit back and relax this afternoon and next weekend against Gillingham safe in the knowledge that they will return to Sky Bet League One action in August.


December of 2015 was the last time both sides met in league action at Oakwell. It was a resounding 4-2 triumph for the Reds. 

The sides first locked horns way back in February of 1899, again at Oakwell and again a Reds victory, by two goals to one. 

Barnsley's all-time record against Blackpool is an impressive one. The Reds have 45 wins to the Tangerines' 32. 

If you're unable to make the match, head over to iFollow Barnsley for LIVE commentary from just before 3pm on Saturday.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Barnsley 2-1 Blackpool

27 April 2019

The Reds complete a full season without defeat at Oakwell after coming from behind to see off Blackpool and go level with Luton at the top of the table!

Reds Head Coach, Daniel Stendel named an unchanged starting lineup for this final home game of the campaign. 

There was a terrific atmosphere inside Oakwell but the Reds looked nervous in the opening stages, and on 15 minutes Blackpool struck a cruel blow, as Harry Pritchard's effort inside the box deflected in off the unfortunate Jordan Williams. 

Barnsley nearly hit back straight away when Mama Thiam saw his header from six yards out fly over the crossbar. 

Both Mike Bähre and Cam McGeehan went close with efforts from range but the visitors were getting blocks and last-ditch tackles in to thwart Stendel's Reds.

With 39 minutes played a real chance as Alex Mowatt's ball over the top saw Thiam in on goal, but a little to the left of the box and the Senegalese's effort was saved well by the advancing 'keeper.

But a minute later the Reds equalised. Cauley Woodrow took it upon himself to make space and shoot from the edge of the box, right-footed and it beat the 'keeper, flying into the bottom left-hand corner for 1-1.

An injury saw Jacob Brown replaced by Kieffer Moore just before the half time break.

HALF TIME: Barnsley 1-1 Blackpool

The second half was like an attack vs defence training session as Barnsley stepped on the gas. 

Mowatt was brought down inside the box but the referee ignored penalty appeals, before Thiam bent an effort into the top corner but the 'keeper Mafoumbi clawed it out and around the post.

But just before the hour mark, Barnsley finally went in front as a McGeehan corner, swung into the near post was powered into the net by Liam Lindsay!

There were further chances for Woodrow, Moore and Bähre as the Reds looked to improve their goal tally, but they had to settle for just the 2-1 victory and fate back in their own hands going into the final day!

FULL TIME: Barnsley 2-1 Blackpool

Davies, J.Williams, Pinnock, Lindsay, Pinillos, Brown (Moore), Mowatt, McGeehan, Thiam (Hedges), Bähre (Styles), Woodrow.

Unused: Walton, Jackson, Fryers, Green.

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