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PREVIEW: Fulham Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds' latest trip south

14 February 2020

Gerhard Struber needs to lift his side and hope for capital gains this weekend as Barnsley head to Fulham - here's your preview.

After a miserable midweek defeat at Oakwell last time out, Barnsley need to shake themselves off and get ready for another long away trip. 

Tuesday evening's bitter pill - a 1-0 reverse at the hands of in-form Birmingham City - married with the positive results of those in and around them in the relegation places has left the Reds a mountain to climb in their pursuit of Sky Bet Championship safety.

A late Scott Hogan goal - the former Reds trialist on hand to tuck home the winner following another defensive howler - condemned Barnsley to their fifth defeat in their last six games, with just one league victory to their name since 2020 was ushered in some six weeks ago. 

Upon the arrival of Gerhard Struber, the Reds had begun to show promise and hinted at a survival fight. But a few weeks down the line and performances have deserted the Austrian Head Coach and the Blues loss looked like a real punch to the gut for his players on a night when stormy weather was matched by the reactions of the Oakwell faithful.

But there remains 14 matches to play, some 42 points to play for and despite being nine points adrift now of safety, Struber and his squad must react, and quickly with Craven Cottage and Fulham this Saturday's desitnation.

Ahead of the trip to London, the Head Coach and midfielder Mike Bähre spoke in midweek with the assembled media to preview the clash with the high-flying Cottagers and iFollow Barnsley subscribers can watch both of those pre-match press conference interviews by clicking on the linked videos below.

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Our hosts at the weekend are enjoying their best run of form of the 2019/20 campaign to date. Unbeaten in six since their New Year's Day humbling on home soil by Reading. 

They were held 1-1 by Millwall in the week but remain third (on goal difference) in the Sky Bet Championship table, on 56 points, six points behind leaders West Brom. 

Led by former Cottagers midfielder and England stalwart Scott Parker, Fulham struggled to find their feet this season in the opening stages. No more obvious was the opening day loss at Oakwell, as Luke Thomas' first half goal saw Barnsley to a surprise win back in August. 

But the star-studded Whites' squad slowly found form and with talismanic striker Aleksanaer Mitrovic scoring 20 goals this term already, and the likes of Bobby Reid, Anthony Knockaert, Ivan Cavaleiro and Stefan Johansen pulling the strings around him, Fulham were most pundits' pick for automatic promotion, and finding their groove right now might well be seen as perfect timing.

Scotland international midfielder Tom Cairney is still the man to watch at Craven Cottage. The 29-year-old playmaker has been one of the division's standout performers over the last decade and shows no signs of slowing down. 

August's victory over Fulham was the Reds' first success in the last 20 years, back when Barnsley did the double over the London outfit. 

In the Craven Cottage tussle, back in November of 1999, the Reds ran out 3-1 winners on their way to Wembley and the playoff final that campaign. 

But in recent years it's been a struggle for Barnsley. Four consecutive defeats preceded the 1-0 win at Oakwell earlier this season. 

Historically speaking however, the Reds do hold the advantage when it comes to the head-to-head record. There have been 32 Barnsley victories to Fulham's 26, with 23 draws in a fixture that was pretty regularly played out in the first 50 years of both club's founding. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Fulham 0-3 Barnsley

15 February 2020

Two goals from Cauley Woodrow and another from Jacob Brown ensured Barnsley secured a memorable victory over Fulham in the capital.

The Reds were sensational from start to finish and thoroughly merited their three points that keep their survival hopes well and truly alive.

Gerhard Struber made four changes for the trip to Craven Cottage, with Kilian Ludewig, Aapo Halme, Mike Bähre and Luke Thomas all coming into the starting line-up.

It took 18 minutes for either side to register a meaningful attempt on target and it came following good work through Thomas, who beat his man before sliding in Conor Chaplin but the Reds’ forward could only manage a tame effort at Marek Rodak.

Moments later, Woodrow controlled the ball well and took aim from 20-yards, but his strike whistled over the bar.

Barnsley were then awarded a penalty when Brown chased after a long ball over the top and was clattered into by Rodak. Up stepped Woodrow to confidently slam home his 13th goal in all competitions, sending the Fulham stopper the wrong way.

The hosts’ first real attempt in anger came as we approached half-time, with Tom Cairney’s low shot gathered comfortably by Brad Collins.

HALF-TIME: Fulham 0-1 Barnsley

Fulham came out flying after the restart and Sky Bet Championship top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic forced Collins into a fine save with his legs.

The Cottagers then almost benefitted from a crazy goalmouth scramble, with Kevin McDonald seeing his attempt blocked on the line before Josh Onomah fired over.

Barnsley had an opportunity to add a second when Chaplin latched onto Bähre’s long ball, but Rodak came out to smother the effort.

However, a carbon-copy move, this time involving Woodrow and Brown, saw the latter beat Rodak to the ball and dink into an empty net from the edge of the box.

It was so nearly three for the Reds just before the hour mark as Woodrow collected Brown’s pass, but his fierce strike flashed inches wide of the far post.

Then, Collins’ long goal kick evaded the entire Fulham backline and Chaplin raced clear, but his attempt bounced just beyond the upright.

Chaplin had another half-chance shortly after when he was found by Woodrow’s quick free-kick from the halfway line, but the Reds’ forward dragged his shot wide as the visitors continued to force the issue.

Scott Parker’s side still posed a threat and, after making a number of attacking changes, almost halved the deficit as Ivan Cavaleiro cracked a half-volley agonisingly wide.

Substitute Aboubakar Kamara was next to come close as his low drive from 18-yards was brilliantly turned behind by Collins.

The Reds’ stopper was called into action once more as Bobby Decordova-Reid brought down Michael Hector’s knockdown before being thwarted from six-yards.

Having weathered that storm, Barnsley launched another attack. Ludewig picked out Bähre with a fine, drilled pass before the German midfielder played in Woodrow, who shimmied past his man and fired through Rodak and into the far corner.

It was enough to wrap up a magnificent display and send the Reds back with a crucial victory.

FULL-TIME: Fulham 0-3 Barnsley

FULHAM XI: Rodak (GK), Hector, McDonald (Decordova-Reid 53), Mitrovic, Cairney (c) (Arter, 53), Ream, Cavaleiro, Bryan, Knockaert, Onomah, Sessegnon (Kamara, 65)

Not used: Bettinelli (GK), Odoi, Johansen, Christie.

REDS XI: Collins (GK), Ludewig, Sollbauer, Halme, J Williams, Mowatt, Bähre, Thomas (Dougall, 80), Woodrow (Simoes, 90), Brown, Chaplin (Schmidt, 86).

Not used: Walton (GK), B Williams, Oduor, Marsh.

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Ticket News

TICKET UPDATE | Fulham (A)

23 January 2020

The Reds head to Craven Cottage in mid-February to take on promotion-chasing Fulham.

Tickets are selling well for our Saturday 15 February trip to Fulham. 

We have now requested a further allocation taking our total received so far to 1,777. 

A further allocation of restricted view tickets may be available if necessary.

Tickets remain on general sale.

Adult £20


Senior Over 65 £15


Young Adult (18-21 years) £15


Juvenile Under 18 £1


Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair user tickets with a carer’s ticket free of charge for those in receipt of the higher or middle rate of DLA or PIP equivalent are priced at:

Adult £10

Senior £7.50

Young Adult £7.50

Under 18 £1

 

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Official club coach travel departs at 9.30am 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 12th February. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm on Friday 14th February, 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. 


WE WILL NOT ACCEPT TICKET STUBS WHEN TICKETS ARE ON RESTRICTED SALE. ONLY TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AND CORRECTLY ASSIGNED WILL COUNT TOWARDS ANY REQUESTED QUALIFYING CRITERIA.

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