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PREVIEW: Reading Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds against the Royals

28 February 2020

Yet another long trip south this weekend for Barnsley as we head to Reading in Sky Bet Championship action - this is your big match preview.

It doesn't seem two minutes since leaving the KC Stadium and the Reds are back on the road once more!

But they travel in good spirits. Wednesday night's 1-0 win against Hull City was Barnsley's third straight victory, all achieved without conceding a single goal. 

A game the Reds dominated for large spells, yet they were left hanging on a little in the second half as the Tigers threw everything at their visitors. 

However, Cauley Woodrow's 42nd minute strike - his 15th of the season - was enough for another huge three points and the result lifted Barnsley off the foot of the table with the gap to safety closed to just three points heading into this weekend's trip to Berkshire. 

Ahead of the trip to the Madejski Stadium we got the thoughts of Head Coach, Gerhard Struber and midfielder Marcel Ritzmaier. Subscribers to iFollow Barnsley can watch both pre-match press conference interviews by clicking on the linked videos below.

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In terms of our hosts on Saturday at 3pm, the Royals come into this one in horrendous recent form, and hot off the back of a 3-0 humbling on home soil during the week to another relegation-threatened outfit in Wigan Athletic. 

They've won just two league games in 2020 (against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday) and currently sit 16th on 42 points, just five above the drop-zone. 

Next week they face Sheffield United in the last 16 stage of this season's Emirates FA Cup and so their players should this weekend be looking to stake a claim for a start in that cup tie. 

Having replaced José Gomes back in October of last year, Mark Bowen is the man in the home dugout and he began his managerial career at the Mad Stad in majestic fashion but form has deserted his men since the turn of the year. 

He does have some quality footballers at his disposal however. Despite not appearing at Oakwell earlier this season, the Royals do have Andy Yiadom in their ranks and the former Barnsley captain has been just as popular in Berkshire as he was with us in Yorkshire. 

Veteran midfielder Charlie Adam is still capable of running the show at this level despite his advancing years and his experience could be vital against the Reds, the youngest side in the EFL.

It was 1-1 when the two sides met back in December. It was a game the Reds dominated throughout and Cauley Woodrow looked to have won it for Barnsley until the visitors hit back in the last 15 minutes to take a share of the spoils. 

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That was the 75th meeting of the two clubs and it's been a very competitive fixture since the sides first locked horns back in 1926. Reading edge the head-to-head record with 29 victories to Barnsley's 26 with 20 draws. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Reading 2-0 Barnsley

29 February 2020

Reading goals in either haf from Meite and Puscas were enough to end the Reds' winning run here at the Madejski Stadium.

Gerhard Struber had made two changes to the XI that had won in midweek at Hull City with Marcel Ritzmaier and Kilian Ludewig replacing Luke Thomas and Mike Bähre. 

It was to be a very disappointing first half showing from the Reds who struggled to retain possession and were very wasteful in front of goal. 

The hosts looked sharper, partucularly in midfield with the on-loan Ovie Ejaria a constant menace and he tested Brad Collins' reactions with a stinging shot from 20 yards out in the eighth minute. 

Barnsley attacks were rare but looked promising if only their final ball wasn't letting them down in key moments. Both Alex Mowatt and Cauley Woodrow were guilty of poorly timed through balls.

Reading took the lead when John Swift's free-kick was headed towards goal by Michael Morrison, touched on by Yakou Meite and despite the efforts of Jacob Brown and his 'keeper, the ball trickled agonisingly over the line.

Brown would take aim from the edge of the box soon after in an attempt to make amends but his effort whistled a few inches wide - it was a close call indeed.

Conor Chaplin then blazed an effort over after a far post cross by Mowatt found the little man inside the box and soon afterwards there were bookings for Mowatt and Jordan Williams for pulling back Ejaria in separate incidents who was breaking on halfway. 

With 42 minutes played, Woodrow capitalised on a defensive mistake and headed towards the box with a couple of minutes left in the half, but once inside the area he dragged his effort well wide of the post. It was a huge chance missed, especially with Chaplin, Brown and Mowatt all waiting for a pass.

And to compound the Reds' misery, Woodrow was thwarted twice more in stoppage time as after a great tackle from Ludewig he broke down the right, fed Cauley on the edge of the Royals box and the top scorer saw his effort saved to the 'keeper's right but Woodrow got a second bite at the cherry and sent a follow-up arrowing towards the top corner only for Rafael in the home net to wonderfully tip the ball over. 

HALF TIME: Reading 1-0 Barnsley

There was a half-time substitution for the Reds as Thomas came on for Oduor as Struber looked for a reaction. 

But whilst the football improved somewhat after the break, there were less opportunities created and it was Reading who doubled their lead on the hour-mark as George Puscas spun Aapo Halme just over halfway, advanced goalwards and then bent home a beautiful finish into the bottom corner from 20 yards out for 2-0. 

Barnsley's task had become even tougher now, with the Biscuitmen soaking up the pressure, sitting deep and looking to hit the Reds on the break.

Patrick Schmidt and Mike Bähre were introduced, replacing Ritzmaier and Chaplin, but the hosts remained able to hold off Barnsley for the most part. Plenty of possession for Struber's side, but their shooting and final balls were way off the standard required on a frustrating afternoon in Berkshire.

Thomas looked lively and linked up well with Ludewig down the right on a number of occasions but it proved to be one of those days for Barnsley. Nothing was coming off.

There were late efforts from both Woodrow and Bähre as we approached the final 10 minutes but both shots were wide of goal, with Reading now sat in and happy to protect their lead. 

A hugely disappointing afternoon for the Reds, and the gap to safety grows to five points with ten games remaining in the Sky Bet Championship season.

FULL TIME: Reading 2-0 Barnsley

Collins, J.Williams, Sollbauer, Halme, Ludewig, Oduor (Thomas), Mowatt, Ritzmaier (Bähre), Woodrow, Chaplin (Schmidt), Brown.

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

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Reading (A)

9 February 2020

Tickets for our trip to the Madejski Stadium go on sale this week.

We have received an initial allocation of 879 tickets in the South Stand for our game at Reading FC on Saturday 29th February, kick off 3pm. Further allocations are available upon request.

Tickets will be made available to general sale at 9am on Monday 10th February.

Reading FC offer their own season ticket and membership holders a discount on matchday tickets and have offered this discount to Barnsley FC fans. All Reds Reserved Plus, Reds Reserved, Reds Pride and Oakwell Centenary Society Members can purchase at the ‘Advance Membership Holder’ price. Non-members and any supporter choosing to pay on the day (subject to availability) will pay the ‘Advance non-member and matchday’ price.

Tickets sold in the Family Area are sold strictly to families. No adults without children Under 18 and no children Under 18 without accompanying adults.

Supporters are advised to carefully read the pricing information below and take additional care when selecting tickets to purchase online.

STANDARD SEATING

AGE CATEGORY

ADVANCE MEMBERSHIP HOLDER PRICE

ADVANCE NON-MEMBERSHIP HOLDER AND MATCHDAY PRICE

Adult

£20

£25

Senior Over 65

£13

£16

Young Adult (18-24 years)

£10

£13

Juvenile Under 18

£5

£8

Juvenile Under 13

£4

£7

 

FAMILY AREA SEATING
(Strictly families. No adults without children and no children without adults)

AGE CATEGORY

ADVANCE MEMBERSHIP HOLDER PRICE

ADVANCE NON-MEMBERSHIP HOLDER AND MATCHDAY PRICE

Adult

£18

£23

Senior Over 65

£13

£16

Young Adult (18-24 years)

£10

£13

Juvenile Under 18

£10

£8

Juvenile Under 13

£2

£5

 

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair user tickets are situated towards the front of the stand in a designated area. Supporters will pay the relevant age related category with a carer’s ticket being free of charge for those in receipt of the middle or higher rate of DLA or enhanced rate of PIP equivalent.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 8am priced at £30 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18+.

BUY ONLINE

 

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Wednesday 26 February. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm on Friday 28th 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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