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PREVIEW: Swansea City Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds' trip to South Wales

28 December 2019

The final game of 2019 is upon us as Barnsley head to West Glamorgan looking for back-to-back away victories - here's the preview!

The Reds served up a cracker of a performance on Boxing Day at Oakwell, as Gerhard Struber's side dominated league leaders, West Bromwich Albion for large spells and can count themselves unlucky not to have claimed all three points.

Just the solitary point was picked up, and we had to wait until the final minute of normal time for that to be secured, as Finland U21 international Aapo Halme struck his third goal on home soil this season. 

The result saw Barnsley drop to 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship table but the Reds extended their unbeaten run to four matches and maintained Struber's own unbeaten run at Oakwell. 

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With a bout of illness sweeping through the club during the festive period which saw the likes of Kenny Dougall and Mamadou Thiam miss out recently, Reds captain Alex Mowatt is the latest to go down with the bug and he's touch and go for the Swansea trip. 

In terms of our opponents on Sunday, in a 3pm kick-off at the Liberty Stadium, the Swans' form has been sketchy of late. Defeated away at Brentford on Boxing Day, they had won their previous two fixtures, against Middlesbrough (home) and Luton Town (away). For comparative reasons, before that they were blown away 5-1 by West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Led by former England youth coach Steve Cooper, the Jacks are likely to be without injured defenders Mike Van der Hoorn and Joe Rodon but have a wealth of talent in midfield and forward areas. 

Bersant Celina is the playmaker for Swansea. The Kosovan international, once of Manchester City is a player who makes his side tick. He drifts from central positions into wide areas and is difficult to pick up. 

In Andre Ayew they possess one of the division's most potent weapons. The Ghanaian international has 11 goals to his name so far this season, five in his last four games and it was he who scored the Swans' goal at Oakwell in our October 1-1 draw. 

That was the first game following the departure of former Head Coach, Daniel Stendel and Ayew's 67th minute opener was soon cancelled out by Alex Mowatt's wonderful finish and it was one of a number of matches this season where a dominant Reds side left the game knowing they should have got more than the scoreline suggested. 

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However, this isn't a particularly favourable fixture for Barnsley historically speaking. Indeed, you've to go way back to 1974 for our last success in South Wales - a 3-0 victory in the old Fourth Division. 

Our last trip to the Liberty Stadium saw us defeated 1-0, with a first half Jermaine Easter goal enough to give the hosts all three points back on the 28th December 2010. 

That is one of 35 wins in this clash for the Swans, with the Reds holding 24 victories and there have been just the 14 drawn affairs. 

Sunday's man in the middle is referee Antony Coggins. The Oxfordshire-based official is appearing at this level for the first time but has taken charge of a Reds game previously, as he officiated last season's 1-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.

As an all-ticket clash, there will be no sales on the day at the Liberty Stadium but you can tune into iFollow Barnsley before kick-off for LIVE and uninterrupted commentary with our very own Matt Bailey on the mic. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Swansea City 0-0 Barnsley

Reds end the year with clean sheet and point on the road

29 December 2019

In an evenly-contested clash in South Wales, the Reds leave the Liberty Stadium with a valuable point and continue to climb the Sky Bet Championship table.

Just as they did in October at Oakwell, Swansea and Barnsley played out an entertaining draw to signal the end of the decade and of 2019. 

Despite both sides hitting the frame of the goal in amongst a number of chances for each team, the scoreline remained goalless as the Reds registered their first clean sheet since August and ended the calendar year as they started it, with a 0-0 draw on their travels.

Head Coach, Gerhard Struber was able to name an unchanged starting lineup for the 3pm kick-off, with captain Alex Mowatt shaking off illness to lead out his upwardly mobile side in West Glamorgan against a Swans side in touching distance of the playoff places.

The opening 10 minutes saw both sides looking to impose their own game but it was Barnsley looking the sharper of the two with some fluid football getting them into good forward areas but sadly the end-product was lacking. 

It wasn't until approaching the half-hour mark that goalmouth action arrived and after some good stuff from Luke Thomas wide right, the ball found itself ricocheting around the box to be eventually steered home by the in-form Conor Chaplin from close-range. Unfortunately, the diminutive striker was half a yard offside and the officials had spotted that. 

Soon afterwards it was the hosts who had their own moment at the other end as Sam Surridge was denied point blank by a magnificent Sami Radlinger save to keep the game scoreless. 

The game had livened up by now and after Radlinger swept up outside his box to clear, the ball fell nicely for Surridge, 45-yards from goal and he tried to bend home with the net unguarded but his shot landed on top of the crossbar. 

The home side were in charge towards the break and the half time whistle came at an opportune moment for Struber's side. 

HALF-TIME: Swansea 0-0 Barnsley

Barnsley came blasting out of the blocks from the restart and both Cauley Woodrow and Aapo Halme saw efforts blocked, last-second on the edge of the Swansea box after some intricate football had worked room for them.

It was all Barnsley at this stage and Mowatt drove down the left before seeing his inviting low cross flicked on towards goal by Mads Andersen and at the far post, Jacob Brown slid in to try and divert the ball home but it struck the upright much to Swansea's relief. 

Substitutes Mike Bähre and Patrick Schmidt combined nicely on 66 minutes with the former slipping in the Austrian striker to coolly finish from inside the box but again, the assistant's flag was raised for offside. 

Home 'keeper Freddie Woodman pulled off a top drawer fingertip stop to thwart an Andersen header as the Reds' pressure continued before this time Chaplin got on the end of a Bähre through-ball to finish low beyond Woodman and yet again, look up to find the assistant flagging for offside once again!

Radlinger made an outstanding low save from five yards out to deny the impressive Andre Ayew from a Matt Grimes corner kick as the Welsh side pushed for the opener approaching the last 10 minutes.

The last real opportunity arrived as we entered stoppage time as Clarke Oduor, once again impressing at full back, bamboozled his marker inside the box but his rasping shot went a foot wide with Reds teammates begging for a pass. 

It was another decent performance from Barnsley as they made it five games unbeaten and are now in the relegation zone only by virtue of goal difference with rivals around them losing their respective fixtures.

The Reds are back in action this Thursday at Derby County in a 7.45pm kick-off

FULL-TIME: Swansea 0-0 Barnsley

Radlinger, J.Williams, Andersen, Diaby, Oduor, Halme, Mowatt (Bähre), Thomas, Brown (Schmidt), Woodrow, Chaplin.

Unused: Collins, Sibbick, Dougall, Styles, Simôes. 

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Swansea City (A)

20 December 2019

Tickets are now on sale for our trip to Wales at the end of the month.

Fans are further reminded that this is an ALL TICKET match. The postage deadline for this match is 3pm, on 20/12/19.

We have received an initial allocation of 1,032 North Stand Upper tickets for our game at Swansea City, Sunday 29th December kick off 3pm.

A further similar allocation is available upon request.

This is an ALL TICKET game. There will strictly be no sales on the day of the game.

Tickets are now on general sale.

Adult £30

Senior Over 65 £17.50

Full Time Student £17.50 (ID required to gain entry) 

Juvenile Under 18 £15

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay their appropriate age-related category. A free personal assistant’s ticket is available to those in receipt of the higher rate of mobility or carer’s allowance only. Ambulant disabled tickets are situated in a designated ‘easy access’ area.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 9am priced at £33 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18+.

Reds members (reserved, plus and pride) purchasing either match or coach tickets will receive double loyalty points for this fixture.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Friday 20th December. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm Friday 27th December 2019, subject to availability. This is definitely an all ticket game. There is no possibility that there will be sales on the day.


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