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PREVIEW: Charlton Athletic Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds' trip to the capital

31 January 2020

It's back down to the bread and butter of league action this weekend, and it's a big one - here's the preview!

After Barnsley's hugely disappointing exit from the FA Cup last weekend, the sole focus is league football now and trying to fight their way out of a perilous position in the Sky Bet Championship table.

The humbling at Fratton Park was deeply frustrating for Head Coach, Gerhard Struber who spoke of his anger at the performance, as the Reds succumbed 4-2, a scoreline that perhaps flattered the visitors. 

Portsmouth were rewarded with a plum tie against Arsenal in the last 16. The Reds have to dust themselves down and prepare for a huge game at The Valley.

In the context of this tough season for Barnsley, and certainly after midweek results upped the ante, the trip to Charlton Athletic will be viewed by many as the proverbial 'must-win' match. With the Addicks sitting just outside the bottom three and six points ahead of Struber's side, going into the game in poor form, it's difficult to argue against the size of this one. 

Ahead of the 380-mile round-trip, the latest in a long line of long-distance away fixtures, both Struber and his countryman Michael Sollbauer met with the press in midweek to help preview the Charlton clash and subscribers to our video streaming platform iFollow Barnsley can enjoy both of their pre-match press conference interviews by clicking on the linked videos below.

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Saturday's hosts began the 2019/20 campaign in surprising fashion. Having joined the Reds and Luton Town in being promoted last term, by beating Sunderland in the Sky Bet League One playoff final, the Addicks set off like a train and were early Championship pace-setters, and right up until mid-October they were sat in and around the top six. 

But a defeat away at Bristol City triggered a run of form and results that has seen them drop like a stone in the league standings. They've won once in 17 fixtures, that one win being - funnily enough - against The Robins on Boxing Day. 

There have been a number of draws in that sequence however, with notable ones against both West Brom and Fulham (last time out). 

Led by former playing hero and one-time England international midfielder Lee Bowyer, the Addicks were beset with injury issues until recently, missing the likes of Welsh international Jonny Williams and star striker Lyle Taylor. 

It was Taylor whose last-gasp penalty kick salvaged a point at Oakwell when the two sides first met at the start of the campaign. The future of their seven-goal forward was up in the air before the closure of the January transfer window.

The Addicks did complete the loan-signing of Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady ahead of this weekend's clash.

But Charlton must view February as their month of destiny. As well as the Reds fixture, they also face Luton Town, Stoke City and Huddersfield Town this month and being just four points above the drop-zone going into Saturday, the pressure is on for Bowyer and his side.

As previously referred to, both sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw when meeting at Oakwell in mid-August. Despite going ahead twice through Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin, the Addicks struck through Taylor in the 89th minute with his trademark, nonchalant penalty stroked home to force a share of the spoils.

In terms of our last trip to The Valley, that came during last season's promotion campaign and an uncharacteristic Reds performance saw them easily beaten 2-0. You've to go back to April of 2014 for the last Barnsley victory there - a 2-1 win. 

Barnsley have actually done quite well against Charlton in the last 20 years, with just two defeats in the last 13 fixtures. But it's a clash that the Addicks have edged historically speaking, with 19 victories to the Reds' 17. There have also been 15 drawn affairs in a match that was first played back in November of 1929. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Charlton 2-1 Barnsley

A third successive league defeat

1 February 2020

A defeat in the capital for the Reds as second half fightback doesn't prove enough at The Valley.

Gerhard Struber had brought back Sami Radlinger in goal and handed Michael Sollbauer his first Sky Bet Championship start as the Reds met their relegation rivals.

There was a break inside the opening five minutes for Barnsley as Jacob Brown capitalised on a defensive mistake on halfway, and he fed the onrushing Luke Thomas who broke into the box but was checked by Jason Pearce only for the referee not to award anything. 

Thomas was bleeding and had to receive treatment and a new shirt during a two-minute stoppage. 

After the referee saw an infringement in the Reds' defensive third, about 40 yards from goal, Charlton clipped in a delicate free-kick that was flicked on towards the six yard box and Lyle Taylor was there all alone to toe-poke into the net for the lead. 

In what was a massively scrappy contest, stop-start for the most part, the Reds did break forward again through Thomas and Aapo Halme through midfield but Alex Mowatt's rasping drive was always clearing the crossbar. 

Barnsley went very close on 21 minutes as an outswinging Clarke Oduor free-kick was met by Mads Andersen eight yards out, his header tipped away last-second by Dillion Phillips in the hosts' goal, with Halme firing the rebound against the outside of the post. 

After a number of fouls from Sollbauer, he was booked by referee John Brooks, and was soon given a final warning after pulling back Taylor on the edge of the box. The resulting free-kick was saved comfortablly low down by Radlinger. 

Andersen joined his centre back partner in the notebook for what looked a 50/50 challenge, before Thomas broke on the counter again and played a great cross-field ball towards Brown but his layoff was blasted over the bar by Halme. 

To cap off a disaster of a first half, in the third minute of stoppage time, the home side doubled their lead and again it came from a cross that wasn't dealt with; Andre Green blasted home through a sea of bodies, 10 yards out. 

HALF TIME: Charlton 2-0 Barnsley

Barnsley battled in vain to get back into the fixture with a 30-yard Andersen rocket only parried by Phillips but the ball fell for Cauley Woodrow just inside the box and his effort cannoned back off the bar!

The home side removed both Jonny Williams and Taylor just after the hour and after Struber brought on both Elliot Simoes and Kilian Ludewig, altering the shape slightly, Barnsley took real charge of the match. 

On 71 minutes a lifeline arrived. Woodrow crashing home a shot from just inside the box after a great Thomas counter and through-pass. 

Two minutes later, the Reds hit the woodwork yet again as Brown was denied inside the box before Ludewig's goal-bound drive was hooked off the line!

It was all Barnsley at this point as they searched for an equaliser their second half display merited. 

There was a Brown effort that fizzed over before Patrick Schmidt replaced Conor Chaplin as Struber had one last throw of the dice. 

But despite incessant Reds pressure and six minutes of stoppage time getting added, the leveller never came and the gap to safety grew to seven points with 16 games to play. 

FULL TIME: Charlton 2-1 Barnsley

Radlinger, J.Williams (Ludewig), Andersen, Sollbauer, Oduor (Simoes), Halme, Mowatt, Thomas, Woodrow, Chaplin (Schmidt), Brown.

Unused: Walton, B.Williams, Dougall, Styles.

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Ticket News

TICKET UPDATE | Charlton Athletic (A)

Our next league fixture is in the capital

31 January 2020


We have sold 1,046 tickets for our Sky Bet Championship fixture at Charlton Athletic on Saturday 1 February 2020.

Further tickets are available for supporters to purchase at the Jimmy Seed South Stand ticket office, with a price increase of £3 on the day. The original promotion offer is no longer available for Reds Reserved Plus and Reds Reserved members.

Please see below for original ticket pricings.


Of an initial allocation of 1,014 tickets in the Jimmy Seed South Stand, we have so far sold 755 tickets.

Further allocations are available upon request.

Tickets are still on general sale.

Charlton Athletic have kindly included us in a ticket promotion for this fixture whereby our seasonal members, when purchasing a ticket, can claim a free ticket of corresponding or lesser value.

Promotion Details:

This offer is open to Adult, Senior and Young Adult Reds Reserved Plus and Red Reserved members only. Juvenile Under 19, Under 12, Reds Pride or Centenary members do not qualify.

One free ticket per seasonal member only having already bought a ticket.

The cheapest ticket will be free i.e. if you purchase an adult and a senior ticket it is the senior ticket which would be free.

Seasonal Memberships cannot be up or downgraded. The ticket allocation is for the seasonal member named on the card only.


Adult £24

Senior Over 65 £19

Young Adult (18-21 years) £19

Student £15

Juvenile Under 18 £12

Juvenile Under 11 £5


Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay a reduced price for adults, £20, and seniors and young adults, £17. Student and juvenile prices remain at £15/£12/£8 respectively. A personal assistant ticket is available free of charge. There are 2 complimentary car parking spaces for disabled supporters.

To book please contact our box office on 01226 211183 (option 1, enquiries) or email

Should tickets be made available to purchase on the day there will be a price increase of £3 and the seasonal members free ticket offer will not apply.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 8.45am on Saturday 1st February priced at £29 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 29th January. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm on Friday 31st January, 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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