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PREVIEW: Cardiff City Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds against the Bluebirds

6 December 2019

The Reds are leaving the country this weekend as we make the long journey to Wales to take on Cardiff City - here is the preview!

It's been a positive week for Barnsley following last weekend's victory against Hull City, with Head Coach, Gerhard Struber getting his first full week's worth of training since arriving at the club. 

That success at Oakwell over the Tigers was the Reds' first victory since the opening day of the season, ending one of the club's longest winless runs in its history. 


In Struber's first game on home soil, Barnsley were good value for the win. After promising performances in his first two outings as Head Coach that failed to deliver on the promise they showed, against Hull, the Reds were ruthless in front of goal and limited their in-form opponents to just a couple of clear chances.

Ahead of the 215-mile trip to the Welsh capital, both Struber and his in-form forward Conor Chaplin spoke with the media to preview the Bluebirds clash and their pre-match press conference videos can be watched by clicking on the linked videos below.

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"I’ve watched their last three games and they were very good. League position isn’t forced because you are where you are, but they have got a new manager in and are a dangerous side."

The words of Neil Harris. The former Millwall boss was appointed the manager of Cardiff City in mid-November following the departure of Neil Warnock. 


In three matches so far he's led the Bluebirds to a 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic and then two 1-0 wins over Stoke City and Nottingham Forest. So it's been a promising start for the former Lions boss. 

Despite the fundamental role of the wingers within the Bluebird’s line-up, fellow attacker, Lee Tomlin has been given the free role to operate as the central attacking midfielder just behind the lone striker and has been the standout figure for Cardiff so far this season.


This isn't a fixture that's been kind to the Reds throughout history. 

There have been 51 fixtures between the two clubs since 1921 and Saturday's hosts have won 25 of them to the Reds' 14. 

However, you only need to rewind back to 2016 for our last victory in Cardiff. That was also a December fixture and saw us emerge victorious in a 4-3 thriller, thanks to a last-gasp Ryan Williams winner. 


We have sold 530 tickets for this match which is incredible backing and we can also confirm that there will be pay-on-the-day available from Cardiff. 

Tickets are to be bought from the away ticket office at Gate 12 and it's cash only. 

Please note that from the start of this season Cardiff City Stadium has gone cashless at the catering kiosks in the stadium. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Cardiff City 3-2 Barnsley

Reds cruelly beaten at the death

7 December 2019

Barnsley were beaten by a stoppage time winner at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the Bluebirds stole all three points to earn a 3-2 victory in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Reds took the lead twice in the game courtesy of Conor Chaplin and Bambo Diaby, but were pegged back on both occasions, before talisman Lee Tomlin stepped up to fire Cardiff in front in the fourth minute of added time.

Following the Reds second victory of the season against Hull City last Saturday, they travelled to the Cardiff City Stadium, looking to carry over that momentum, as they searched for their maiden win on the road.

Head Coach Struber named an unchanged eleven from the team that started in that 3-1 win over the Tigers, as the Reds went in pursuit of two wins in two.

Barnsley’s last success over the Bluebirds came back in 2016, in a thrilling 4-3 win and they looked on course for a promising start here again.

Alex Mowatt’s quick thinking from a corner routine presented an opening for Chaplin on the edge of the area, he connected with a first-time shot, which was blocked away well by the head of Aden Flint.

Minutes later, Cardiff broke forward on the counter as the ball was played forward for Junior Hoilett. The Canadian looked to curl his effort in the top left corner, but narrowly missed the target.

Just seconds after, Bähre broke clear in midfield for Barnsley and picked out a perfectly weighted pass for Chaplin on the inside right of the area. The striker composed himself in front of goal and calmly slotted past Neil Etheridge to put the Reds 1-0 up after 17 minutes.

However, Cardiff hit back almost immediately. Flint was the man to deliver, as he got on the end of Hoilett’s cross and nodded into the back the of the net to make it 1-1 three minutes later.

On the 27th minute, the Bluebirds had the ball beyond Sami Radlinger once again. Gary Madine thought he had fired the home side in front, but the linesman raised his flag for offside.

Up the other end, Barnsley’s frontman Cauley Woodrow stung the palms of Etheridge with a strong strike from 25-yards, but the goalkeeper was able to gather comfortably at the second attempt.

With just under five minutes to go before half-time, Woodrow was involved heavily again. The striker fought his way to by-line before cutting the ball back for the onrushing Chaplin, who hit a right-footed shot just over the bar.

The fourth official signalled for an additional one minute to be played at the end of the half, but neither side could fathom another clear-cut opportunity to edge themselves in front.

Half-time: Cardiff City 1-1 Barnsley

As the second half restarted, the Reds came out of the blocks in superb fashion.

Chaplin picked up possession on the right flank and flashed a dangerous looking ball across the face of goal for Diaby. The defender got there first to bundle it over the line with his chest and deservedly put Barnsley 2-1 up.

The Reds continued to attack, and on the hour mark, Chaplin crossed for Woodrow, but the striker couldn’t quite direct his header on target.

Then, on the 65th minute, Cardiff made a change to try and influence the game, as Ward replaced Madine.

The substitute wasted no time getting into the action and made an instantaneous impact when he drew the Bluebirds level in the 68th minute with his first touch.

With five minutes to go, Marlon Pack got on the end of a bouncing ball after a scramble in the area. He turned and shot first-time, but luckily for Barnsley his effort flew over the crossbar.

Seconds later, Lee Tomlin showed good work on the edge of the area to make space for a shot. He fizzed in a low right-footed effort which dropped inches wide of Radlinger’s left post.

There were five minutes added on and Cardiff were able to nick it at the death.

Pack had an earlier chance squandered after a corner on the left, but Tomlin popped up with seconds left on the clock to volley home for the Bluebirds to make it 3-2 to the home side in stoppage time – a goal which earnt them all three points.

Full-time: Cardiff City 3-2 Barnsley


CARDIFF XI: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Flint, Bacuna (Vaulks, 74), Pack (C), Nelson, Tomlin, Mendez-Laing, Madine (Ward, 65), Hoilett (Murphy, 59).

Substitutes not used: Smithies, Morrison, Paterson, Richards.

REDS XI: Radlinger, J. Williams, B. Williams, Diaby, Andersen, Brown (Schmidt, 82), Woodrow, Bähre (Odour, 90+3), Chaplin, Halme, Mowatt (C).

Substitutes not used: Collins, Dougall, Thomas, Sibbick, Mottley-Henry.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Cardiff City (A)

15 November 2019

We have received an initial allocation of 1,130 tickets for our Sky Bet Championship fixture at Cardiff City on Saturday 7 December 2019, kick-off at 3pm.

Further allocations are available upon request. Tickets will be made available on general sale on Monday 18 November.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adult £17
Senior Over 60 £14
Young Adult (16-21) £9
Juvenile Under 16 £7

Ambulant disabled supporters  will pay the relevant age related category with a free personal assistant’s ticket  available upon request to those on the middle/higher rate of DLA or PIP equivalent. We have 13 pairs of wheelchair user tickets priced at £16/£12/£9/£6. We have also received parking vouchers for 13 accessible parking bays which are issued free of charge upon request.

Should tickets be made available on the day of the game prices will increase. Matchday purchases are cash only from turnstile 12. We will not have a decision on pay on the day until advance sales are confirmed.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 9am priced at £30 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 Wednesday 4 December (subject to Royal Mail union action this may change). Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm Friday 6 December, 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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