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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Cardiff City

The inside track on the Reds against the Bluebirds

6 March 2020

It's the first of three home games this month as we enter the final ten league fixtures of the season - the fight for survival is getting tense - here's the preview as we welcome Cardiff City to Oakwell!

The Reds' three-game winning sequence came to an abrupt and disappointing end last time out against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, with the gap to safety increasing once again following match week 36. 

Barnsley's performance in the 2-0 reverse against the Royals last weekend had all the hallmarks of a team dealing with fatigue, but despite the scoreline and frustration that came with it, Gerhard Struber's side had arguably the better chances and certainly most of the play.

But poor shooting, some un-coordinated passing and a very leggy showing in the seventh fixture of the month saw the Reds come unstuck as Reading's fortuitous opener and quality second goal were enough for a big three points for the Berkshire club. 

The gap between Barnsley and 21st position is now at five points. But there are still 30 remaining to play for and having run Saturday's opponents close in December of last year, Struber's side should go into the game with confidence, especially so when considering the three successive wins prior to the Reading trip.

Ahead of the weekend, both Struber and his striker Conor Chaplin spoke with the invited press in midweek and iFollow Barnsley subscribers can watch both of their pre-match press conference interviews in full by clicking on the linked videos below.

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The Bluebirds are without a win in four matches as their goal of reaching the end-of-season playoffs looks more difficult right now, with the recent loss of talisman Lee Tomlin a big blow regards their promotion hopes. 

Relegated from the Premier League last term, Cardiff dispensed of the services of the legendary Neil Warnock in November 2019, replacing the vastly experienced manager with former Millwall boss Neil Harris.

The former Lions striker hasn't had the sort of impact he, nor the City owners would have liked, with too many games drawn in all fairness to make the sort of concerted push needed to establish a top six position. 

But the five-point gap (similar to the Reds' task) isn't insurmountable and the return to fitness of star midfielder Joe Ralls - who scored in last week's 2-2 draw with Brentford - is a fillip for Harris in his bid to arrest the Welsh outfit's slide away from the playoff picture.

As touched on previously, the Reds were beaten at the home of the Bluebirds back in December, but it was a match that could have gone either way. Defeated in the later stages thanks to a Tomlin special, Barnsley had looked the more likely winners until tiredness seemed to creep in. 

That 3-2 loss was the latest defeat against Cardiff City, in a fixture the Reds have often fared badly in over the years. There have been 52 fixtures between the two clubs since 1921 and Saturday's visitors have won 26 of them to the Reds' 14.

Our last Oakwell success against City coming ten years ago - a 1-0 victory thanks to a last-minute Carl Dickinson free-kick. 

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REPORT: Barnsley 0-2 Cardiff City

7 March 2020

Another defeat for Barnsley at Oakwell as quick-fire Cardiff double seals  a disappointing afternoon for the Reds.

Two goals in the space of a minute during the second half of this game were enough to condemn Barnsley to a damaging Oakwell defeat.

Gerhard Struber had recalled full-back Ben Williams and midfielder Luke Thomas ahead of this one, with Jordan Williams dropping down to the bench and Clarke Oduor failing to make the matchday 18.

It's difficult to report much of note from what was a very uneventful first half, with chances at a premium in a scrappy contest. 

The game started brightly enough with Cauley Woodrow blasting a shot a yard wide having been teed up by Jacob Brown on the edge of the Cardiff box, but there was genuinely nothing of any further significance until around the half-hour mark when Thomas blazed wide having cut in from the right flank. 

Just before the break, the visitors had their first attempt of the game as Albert Adomah tested Brad Collins with a stinging effort that the Reds stopper parried behind at his near post.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Cardiff

The second period brought about a different look to the game, as the Welsh outfit dominated for a 20-minute spell which nearly brought about the opener on two or three occasions, as Junior Holiett somehow spooned over from a couple of yards out after Aapo Halme missed a low cross into the near post.

Collins then dropped a high-ball under pressure and when Calum Paterson tried to take advantage, he looked to have been stopped by Collins with the ref waving away the Cardiff appeals for a spot-kick.

The Reds 'keeper was then superb to save a Joe Bennett strike with his feet, eight-yards out, but it was only a matter of time before the Bluebirds took the lead. 

It happened in the 65th minute. Another raid down the right-hand side and after one shot was blocked brilliantly on the line by Kilian Ludewig, former Rotherham United man Will Vaulks was on hand to slam home the rebound. 

Straight from the restart, Cardiff doubled their well-deserved lead when a ball in-behind the Reds defence was latched onto by the impressive Paterson and he finished one-on-one beyond Collins.

There was never any sign of a Reds comeback, as the battle for survival was dealt a huge blow.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0-2 Cardiff

Collins (GK), Ludewig, Halme, Sollbauer, B.Williams, Mowatt, Ritzmaier, Thomas, Woodrow, Chaplin (Schmidt), Brown (Simoes).

Unused: Walton (GK), J.Williams, Dougall, Bähre.

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TICKETS | Cardiff City (H)

3 March 2020

Tickets for the Sky Bet Championship clash against Cardiff City on Saturday 7 March remain on sale to all supporters.

Gerhard Struber’s side are looking to get back to winning ways against the Welsh outfit, having picked up important points in February and the Reds' Head Coach fully appreciates the support that both he and his side receive at home and on the road, despite the difficult circumstances.

“We have a big chance to stay in the league. We need the right energy and every single player pushing to their limit. We have big support from our fans and this is important.”

Prices

Tickets are favourably priced for Saturday’s fixture, following a reciprocal agreement with Cardiff City.

Prices for the fixture start at £17 for adults, £15 for concessions, £10 for under 19s and £5 for under 12s.

How to buy

To purchase tickets for this fixture, please visit: eticketing.co.uk/barnsleyfc, call 01226 211 183 or visit the Reds Superstore (CK Beckett South Stand) in person.

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