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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Fulham

The inside track on the season opener

2 August 2019

The 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season is finally upon us as the Reds welcome the Cottagers to Oakwell for a 3pm kick-off - here's your preview!

Four months ago, Barnsley sealed their immediate return to the second tier, automatically promoted as Sky Bet League One runners up. 

In Head Coach, Daniel Stendel's debut season in English football, the German guided the Reds back to the Sky Bet Championship in impressive fashion by implementing a high-pressing, attacking style of football. 

The departure of a number of players has been offset by the arrival of no-less than 10 new signings as Stendel continues to mould a side in his image. 

A pre-season that was spent - in the main - overseas, with trips to France and Germany that took in three friendly victories has allowed those incoming players crucial time to bond with their new teammates.


With new Chief Executive Officer, Dane Murphy now in situ, there's still one more week of wheeling and dealing possible before the closure of the summer transfer window. But the Reds will be hoping that the bulk of a successful squad is already in position, ahead of this opening fixture of their 76th campaign at level two of the league pyramid. 

There are a few players who Stendel will have to do without against Saturday's opponents, Fulham. 

Long-term absentee Kenny Dougall is edging towards a return to training, but he's still some weeks away from that. Meanwhile, full-back Jordan Williams has only just returned to training, wide-man and last season's Young Player of the Year, Jacob Brown is around a month away from a return following a hamstring injury, and fellow winger Jordan Green will be unlikely to play until after the Sheffield Wednesday clash. 



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First Team Coach at Oakwell, Dale Tonge addressed these issues amongst others when he spoke with the gathered press at the club during midweek, and both his and midfielder Cameron McGeehan's pre-match press conference videos are available to watch in full for our iFollow Barnsley subscribers, by clicking the linked content below.

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Our visitors this weekend are new to the Championship also, having returned via Premier League relegation. 

Now coached by ex-player Scott Parker, Fulham are unsurprisingly considered by many as the favourites to make an immediate return to the top flight this season.

The Craven Cottage-based outfit spent just a season in the Premier League, a campaign of misery that saw two managers leave the club and little to shout about for the Cottagers' supporters. 

But the West Londoners have retained the majority of their squad, hoping they'll get the desired reaction following last season's demise. 


Some eye-catching arrivals in the shape of Anthony Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro offer fans hope that their stay in the second tier will be a brief one. 

Parker isn't expecting an easy ride when they pitch up on Grove Street this Saturday, as he told Fulham's official website this past week. 

"They (Barnsley) got promoted last year, they’re familiar with winning football matches. It’s going to be tough, I’m under no illusions and the players will be under no illusions. On Saturday it’s going to be a real, real battle. We understand that and hopefully we’ll come out on top."

There's a familiar face in the Cottagers' backline. A former promotion winner with the Reds, central defender Alfie Mawson will make his first Oakwell return this weekend. And there's a bit of a reunion of sorts for Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow who spent seven years at the Cottage before joining the Reds last summer. 


But the friendships will be put to one side when 3pm arrives Saturday, and the 2019/20 campaign kicks off in earnest.

This will be the third time the two clubs have met on the opening day of a new season. With Fulham getting a 1-0 win in 1970, the Reds a 3-0 victory in 1983, it's all set for a decider this time around. 

Saturday will be the 81st meeting between the clubs and Barnsley edge the fixture historically. We have 31 wins to the Cottagers' 26.



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The last time the sides met was in January of 2018, in a season that saw both clubs exit the division in separate directions. Despite Liam Lindsay hooking home from close-range to give Barnsley a first half lead, a Dimitri Cavaré dismissal turned the tide and Ryan Sessegnon soon levelled up for Fulham. But the Reds held out until injury time before Kevin McDonald fired in from inside the box and Sessegnon added his second and the visitors' third to take all three points.


We have in fact to go back all the way to the year 2000 for our last taste of success against the West Londoners. That was a 1-0 home win in March of that year, thanks to a Neil Shipperley strike in a season in which the Reds did the double over the Cottagers and went on to reach the playoff final under the guidance of Dave Bassett.

For information on ticket availabilty for Saturday's clash, please click here

Due to broadcast restrictions there will be no live stream for this fixture for our overseas subscribers but we will have full, uninterrupted commentary from Oakwell via the match centre from just before 3pm with our very own Matt Bailey on the mic.

Come on You Reds!

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REPORT: Barnsley 1-0 Fulham

Reds edge Cottagers in season-opener

3 August 2019

The Reds' return to the Sky Bet Championship kicked off in impressive fashion, as they beat one of the early favourites Fulham 1-0 at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

Head Coach, Daniel Stendel handed competitive debuts to six of his nine new signings, as goalkeeper Sami Radlinger, defenders Bambo Diaby, Mads Anderson and Toby Sibbick started, alongside midfielder Luke Thomas and forward Malik Wilks.

It was a debut to remember for Thomas, who put Barnsley in the lead with just over ten minutes on the clock; a goal which proved to be the decisive moment in the match.

However, it was the visitors looked threatening in the opening exchanges, as Aboubakar Kamara, found space down the right flank. He then pulled the ball square for Aleksandar Mitrovic on the edge of the area, whose side-footed effort was blazed well over the crossbar.

Fulham’s new addition, Ivan Cavaleiro then found himself in a good position after a through ball by captain Tom Cairney picked him out on the run inside the area. However, the attacker’s curling effort left Radlinger untroubled.

With just over ten minutes played, Wilks gathered possession in the centre of midfield, before he drove towards the edge of the box and unleashed a venomous shot, which narrowly missed the target and had Marcus Bettinelli scrambling.

Just moments later, the Reds did capitalise on their early pressure, as Thomas slotted the ball underneath Bettinelli from a tight angle. Newly appointed club captain Mike Bähre did well to find him down the right, before the tricky winger did the rest, as he charged into the Fulham penalty area and put the ball into the back of the net to give the Reds an early lead.

Wilks came close again with 25 minutes gone, before Cauley Woodrow fired just over the bar three minutes later.

As the game ticked towards half-time, Fulham almost equalised when Denis Odoi got on the end of a Cavaleiro free-kick, but his header skimmed over the top of the crossbar.

However, it was the Reds who looked the more dangerous of the two sides in attack, and should have doubled their advantage going into the break when Wilks passed to Bähre in the area, but pressure from the behind, denied the attacker the chance to get a clear shot away.


As the match restarted for the second half, Alex Mowatt saw his long-range effort fly over the bar, before Wilks’ had a shot from a narrow angle which was closed down and saved by the feet of Bettinelli.

Former Red Alfie Mawson then came close for Fulham with a header from a wide free-kick on the right, before Stefan Johansen lined up a first time shot from distance, which landed past the post.

Fantastic defending from Andersen on the hour mark denied Fulham the chance to level the score, as the big Danish centre back covered well to clear the ball off the line, after Cairney slotted past Radlinger.

Then, Barnsley almost scored a second when Diaby rose highest from a corner, but he saw his header drop wide of the target.

Thomas nearly doubled his tally for the afternoon in the 68th minute when he latched onto a brilliant forward pass by Bähre, but as he rounded Bettinelli, he fired his shot into the side netting.

Woodrow, against his former club, almost pulled off a spectacular finish, as he connected with into an overhead kick inside the area, but unfortunately for him, it landed straight into the hands Bettinelli.

Radlinger had to be alert to pull off a good save from substitute Anthony Knockaert, before Andersen again threw his body on the line to block an Ayite shot.

Goalscorer Thomas was substituted to a standing ovation and rightly so from the Oakwell crowd, as he was replaced by another debutant in Conor Chaplin in the 85th minute.

There were also late appearances for George Miller and Mama Thiam, giving the fans the opportunity to applaud the efforts of former Fulham man, Woodrow and the livewire debutant Mallik Wilks who was booked for taking his time when leaving to a standing ovation.

Kevin McDonald tried his luck for Fulham in a late speculative effort, but Radlinger held on and the Reds held out for an impressive victory at Oakwell.



Reds: Radlinger, Diaby, Andersen, McGeehan, Woodrow (Miller, 90), Bähre (C), Cavaré, Thomas (Chaplin, 85), Sibbick, Mowatt, Wilks (Thiam, 90+3).
Substitutes not used: Collins, Williams, Styles, Halme.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Odoi, Mawson, McDonald, Johansen (Knockaert, 65), Mitrovic, Cairney (C), Cavaleiro (Ayite, 74), Le Marchand (Christie, 32), Bryan, Kamara.
Substitutes not used: Rodak, Kebano, Fonte, De La Torre.


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