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PREVIEW: Walsall Vs Barnsley

22 March 2019

The Reds head to the West Midlands on Saturday to take on Walsall in a 12pm kick-off in Sky Bet League One and we've got it covered in your big match preview.

Following last Friday night's goalless draw in Doncaster, Daniel Stendel's side travel to The Banks's Stadium this coming weekend, to tackle a Walsall outfit struggling for form and embroiled in a relegation battle. 

The 0-0 draw with Rovers last week extended the Reds' unbeaten run to 18 games.


Skipper, Adam Davies was in fine form at the Keepmoat, making a number of quality saves to preserve his sixth consecutive clean sheet. But with the big man away on international duty with Wales - where he earned his first cap in midweek against Trinidad & Tobago - the Reds will have to call upon a different 'keeper.

It would likely mean an appearance for Jack Walton, who ironically started against Walsall in the reverse fixture at Oakwell earlier in the season.

Also missing for this lunchtime clash on Sky Sports will be Ryan Hedges who is also away with the Welsh squad (man of the match against Trinidad & Tobago), and midfielder Kenny Dougall.


The Australian suffered a leg fracture in a challenge early in the first half against Doncaster and looks set to miss the remainder of the season.

Along with long-term absentee, Kieffer Moore, it means Stendel is without a number of key players against the Saddlers.


Brown Walsall

22 March 2019

Back in the squad and available for this weekend are both Cameron McGeehan and Jacob Brown. The pair have now served their three-match suspensions and will go straight back into contention.

Walsall's form has been patchy of late, but they have won both of their last two fixtures on home soil. A 3-2 victory over Bradford City was followed by a 2-0 win against Fleetwood Town. 


They lost last time out when visiting high-flying Sunderland last Saturday. Despite taking the lead at the Stadium of Light, they went down 2-1 in the end.

Led by an ex-player in Dean Keates, the Saddlers' manager since March 2018, they currently reside in the dreaded bottom four in Sky Bet League One. 

Sitting 21st, they are in the drop-zone on goal difference after last weekend's results and will be hoping their home form can drag them away from trouble, starting on Saturday against the Reds.

Matt Jarvis

They will be looking to the experienced Matt Jarvis (pictured) for help. The former West Ham and Wolves winger earned an England cap in 2011, coming on as a substitute against Ghana in a friendly. He hasn't played much football over the last few years owing to a succession of cruel injuries but the 32-year-old could be vital if Walsall are to get themselves to safety this term.

Saddlers chief, Keates is confident his side can escape trouble, as he explained when speaking with the media in midweek.

"When we make better decisions, we will get back to keeping clean sheets like we were a couple of weeks ago.

“There are so many teams in the mix in terms of relegation."


“The way we are looking at the game against Barnsley on Saturday is that we have an opportunity to put pressure on the other teams.

“By the time we finish our game on Saturday, we could be 13th in the table."

Assistant Coach Dale Tonge and returning winger Jacob Brown also spoke with the press in midweek to preview the game from a Barnsley perspective and their pre-match press conference videos are on iFollow Barnsley.

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The Reds and the Saddlers played out a 1-1 draw in September 2018, the last meeting between the sides.

Andy Cook struck an 89th minute leveller, cancelling out an own-goal from Jack Fitzwater, in a game played in awful, rain-soaked conditions at Oakwell.

Our last visit to the home of Walsall was a memorable one. In May of 2016 the Reds saw off the hosts 3-1 in the 2nd leg of the Sky Bet League One playoff semi final, thanks to goals from Adam Hammill, Ashley Fletcher and Josh Brownhill.


In May of 2006, another memorable trip. A 2-1 victory to confirm the Reds' playoff place with Marc Richards and Daniel Nardiello on target.

Barnsley's last defeat there came in December of 2014 when they were beaten 3-1 at the Bescot Stadium.

The two sides first met each other in the 1898/99 Division Two campaign, with both matches 1-1 draws. 


Tonge Press Walsall

21 March 2019

Saturday will be the 49th meeting, and the Reds edge the head-to-head record slightly, with 18 victories to the Saddlers' 16 wins. 

Due to the Sky Sports coverage, the 12pm kick-off will not be available to iFollow Barnsley subscribers in terms of a live stream, but we will have our usual audio commentary with club commentator Matt Bailey on air shortly before midday.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Walsall 0-1 Barnsley

23 March 2019

The Reds return to winning ways as our star man strikes during injury time to give us a huge three points in the promotion race!

A last-gasp Jacob Brown goal sent the Reds five points clear in second position ahead of the 3pm kick-offs!

The Reds' Head Coach, Daniel Stendel brought the returning duo of Cameron McGeehan and Jacob Brown back into his starting XI for the game. German midfielder Mike Bähre was also back in, operating just behind Cauley Woodrow up front. And there was a first start of 2019 for goalkeeper Jack Walton who was deputising for captain, Adam Davies who is away on international duty with Wales.

The first half at the Banks's Stadium was a competitive if somewhat scrappy affair with neither side able to claim any dominance in fairness.

An Alex Mowatt effort inside the first five minutes was comfortably saved by home 'keeper Liam Roberts, before Walsall did have the ball in the net but Isaiah Osbourne's sumptuous volley from the edge of the box was dubiously ruled out by the officials. 

Ben Williams was flattened inside the box on 15 minutes but the referee only gave a corner before the hosts broke on the Reds at speed with Josh Gordon firing over just inside the box. 

Zeli Ismail was proving a real handful for the Barnsley backline, terrorising Williams at left back but the home side couldn't find a way through and the best opportunity of the opening period fell to the Reds, 10 minutes before the break.

Some scrappy play in the Saddlers' third eventually saw Mamadou Thiam into the box and his powerful snapshot was expertly palmed over the crossbar by Roberts to ensure the scores were still level going into the half time interval.

HALF TIME: Walsall 0-0 Barnsley

The second half went very similarly to the first 45, with little quality and lots of scrappy challenges with the home side the closest to breaking the deadlock.

Blackett-Taylor was clean through on goal around the hour mark and after his shot beat Walton in goal, Williams raced to hook the ball clear off the goal-line.

Bähre made way for Callum Styles on 68 minutes as Stendel looked for an answer to the questions posed by the hosts.

But Walsall were close again when Gordon shot from inside the area only to be thwarted by Walton's legs.

McGeehan was replaced by Victor Adeboyejo as Barnsley went with two up front for the final stages, but moments later another huge Walton save as he again denied Walsall with a superb reaction stop point blank.

Finally at the other end the Reds tested Roberts. In the 79th minute Woodrow took two men out inside the box with some footwork but his low shot was well stopped by the Walsall 'keeper.

The final change saw Jordan Green introduced in the 84th minute taking a spot on the wing with Thiam the man withdrawn.

In a game bereft of magic, we had to wait until the 91st minute for the pivotal moment, and what a moment.

Some intricate football from Dimitri Cavaré outside the box saw him slide the ball into Adeboyejo, he slipped it in for Mowatt whose footwork and pass allowed Brown to shoot, his first effort was blocked but he didn't mess about with his second attempt, firing low into the bottom corner to send the 1,000 Reds fans behind the goal into raptures!

FULL TIME: Walsall 0-1 Barnsley

Walton, Cavaré, Pinnock, Lindsay, B.Williams, Brown, Mowatt, McGeehan (Adeboyejo), Thiam (Green), Bähre (Styles), Woodrow.

Unused: Greatorex, J.Williams, Jackson, Fryers.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Walsall (A)

1 March 2019

Tickets for our trip to Walsall will go on sale from Monday 4th March.

Update 18/03/19

We have sold just over 750 tickets so far for the trip to Walsall this weekend. Tickets remain on general sale.

Original post

We have received a total allocation of 1,593 tickets in the University of Wolverhampton Away Stand for our game at Walsall on Saturday 23rd March, kick off 12 noon.

Tickets will be made available in the following order:

Monday 4th March 9am* – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with 10 previous 2018/2019 away league games.

Tuesday 5th March 9am* – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with 8 previous 2018/2019 away league games.

Wednesday 6th March 9am* – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with 6 previous 2018/2019 away league games.

Thursday 7th March 9am* – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with 4 previous 2018/2019 away league games.

Friday 8th March 9am* – 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders with 2 previous 2018/2019 away league games.

Monday 11th March 9am* - 2018/2019 Season Ticket Holders

Wednesday 13th March 9am* – Oakwell Centenary Society Members. Non Season Ticket Holder with 10 previous 2018/2019 away league games.

Thursday 14th March 9am – General Sale.

*One ticket per qualifying criteria.

Season tickets cannot be up or downgraded. The ticket allocation is for the person named on the season card/membership only.

Adult £20.50

Senior Over 60 £15.50

Juvenile Under 18 £15.50

Family Ticket* £22.50

Additional Juvenile Under 18 to Family Ticket** £11.00

*Family ticket consists of one adult and one juvenile under 18. The party must contain a parent or grandparent. The offer is not available to sibling groups or friends.

** Only one additional juvenile under 18 may be purchased with each family ticket at the reduced priced.

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay the relevant age related category with a carer free of charge.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 8am priced at £19 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18+.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Tuesday 19th March. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm Friday 22nd March 2019, subject to availability.

If you are purchasing away game and cup tickets for other people we strongly advise you to correctly assign the ticket to each individual for every game. This will enable us to offer the correct privileges to supporters on occasions when tickets are on restricted sales in a category system. 



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