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PREVIEW: Middlesbrough Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds' trip to Boro

27 November 2019

We are back in Sky Bet Championship action on Wednesday 27th November as we head to Middlesbrough in a 7.45pm kick-off - here's the preview.

Following the weekend's defeat at Blackburn Rovers, the Reds remain on the road for a midweek trip north to Teesside to face fellow strugglers Middlesbrough. 

Barnsley put in a positive performance at Ewood Park but left 3-2 losers after more game-changing mistakes at the back. 

Brown celebrates

It was Gerhard Struber's first match since taking over as Head Coach just a week ago and having shuffled his pack within a new system he will have learnt more about his group of players going into this clash at the Riverside Stadium. 

The new boss and striker Patrick Schmidt spoke with the press in the week and you can watch both of their pre-match press conference videos by logging into iFollow Barnsley or clicking on the linked videos below.

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Saturday's defeat at Blackburn, the Reds 10th of a torrid opening third of the 2019/20 season did see Cauley Woodrow notch his 7th goal of a productive campaign so far, and fellow forward Conor Chaplin came off the bench at half time to grab himself his first away goal for the club. The latter will be hoping to get a start on Wednesday night, but there are doubts over the fitness of one player who was withdrawn at the break in that match.

Defender Aapo Halme started the game in an unfamiliar midfield role and was doing a fine job before a head injury saw him unable to continue after the break. If unavailable it will probably give Kenny Dougall the opportunity to make his first start under his new gaffer. 

The Reds need to find a cure for their defensive hangover because they've scored in all of their last nine games, since losing 1-0 at Nottingham Forest.


In terms of our hosts on Wednesday evening, whilst they haven't had as bad a start as the Reds, for the club who finished 7th last season to be sat where they are at present is pretty surprising. 

They have won just two games so far this season, their last being a 1-0 victory over Reading in mid-September. It's been 10 games without a win since which is their worst run at the level since the 1984/85 campaign. 

Keane & Woodgate

They are led by former fan favourite as a player, Jonathan Woodgate, in his first managerial role, assisted by former Irish star Robbie Keane. It's been a tough baptism of fire for the hometown boy in the Boro dougout and no doubt they will be viewing this week's clash as the game that can turn around their fortunes. 

Boro are going through something of a transitional phase. Long gone are the days of big-spending and paying their way up the division with the summer transfer window seeing the club recruit lesser-known names for undisclosed fees or free transfers. But within the squad remain some renowned Championship names with promotions on their CV.


The likes of Jonny Howson, Adam Clayton and Daniel Ayala have been there and done it for a number of clubs, including Boro and up front they can call on the talents of former Barnsley loanee striker Ashley Fletcher and the prolific Britt Assombalonga. 

No club in the division has scored fewer than Middlesbrough's 15 goals this season to date, with the Teessiders firing blanks on seven occasions. Defensively they've been more impressive and they operate a wing-backs system under Woodgate's guidance. But they are without a number of first teamers for this clash with the likes of Marvin Johnson and George Saville suspended while former Reds defender Ryan Shotton, full back George Friend and striker Rudy Gestede are out through injury. 


Very similar to last time out against Blackburn, the Reds are about to face a side where history doesn't favour them in this particular fixture. The hosts on Wednesday night have 31 victories to Barnsley's 16, and we haven't won any of our four previous meetings, including the 26th April 2014 defeat at the Riverside that saw us relegated to the third tier. 

It was the same 3-1 scoreline the last time the two sides met, in March of 2018 when we last visited Teesside. The Reds were relegated at the end of that season also. 

It's six years since our last success at Boro when Jason Scotland's late winner helped the Reds to a 3-2 victory and a priceless three points on the way to a great escape.

Scotland scores

Middlesbrough (10 games) and Barnsley (16) are the two teams on the longest winless runs in the Championship. 

We have sold around 500 tickets for this fixture but for those not heading to the Riverside, we have LIVE coverage on iFollow Barnsley for both UK and overseas supporters. Joining Matt Bailey on commentary is Reds legend Bobby Hassell and you can enjoy the stream by clicking on the linked image below. 

Bobby on commentary


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Match Reports

REPORT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Barnsley

Battling Reds beaten on Teesside

27 November 2019

It was another disappointing evening on the road for Barnsley as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough at a rain-soaked Riverside Stadium on Wednesday.

Ashley Fletcher’s 54th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides in a game that the Reds largely dominated but were once again left frustrated.

Barnsley started brightly and their neat, intricate play almost resulted in an opening goal within eight minutes as Jacob Brown saw his low drive blocked.

Moments later, however, it was the hosts’ turn to attack and it looked for all the world as though Britt Assombalonga would break the deadlock, but Ben Williams – reminiscent of his heroics at Walsall last season – somehow managed to get back and hook the ball clear off the line.

The Reds were playing some nice football and enjoying a lot of possession, and both Conor Chaplin and Luke Thomas had half chances from inside the area well blocked by a resolute ‘Boro backline.

Midway through the first half, Mike Bähre won the ball high up field and drove at a retreating home defence, but his low shot was comfortable for Aynsley Pears to smother.

For all Barnsley’s dominance, ‘Boro still looked dangerous on the attack and Sami Radlinger had to be at his very best to deny Assombalonga after he was picked out by striker partner Fletcher.

On the stroke of half-time, Cauley Woodrow had the Reds’ best chance of the opening period when he was played in by Thomas, but his ferocious effort from distance flew over the bar.

HALF-TIME: Middlesbrough 0-0 Barnsley

Gerhard Struber’s side came flying out of the blocks after the restart and Brown came agonisingly close to giving Barnsley the lead with a thunderous strike that cannoned off the crossbar.

But Boro were in front shortly after as Fletcher latched onto Assombalonga’s through ball before calmly rounding both Radlinger and the sliding Mads Andersen to slot home from one yard out.

The Reds continued to carve out opportunities and look lively as they searched for an equaliser, with Woodrow twice seeing efforts blocked before the hour mark.

Middlesbrough, however, were still dangerous on the counter and Radlinger was forced into action to deny Assombalonga after he raced clear.

The Austrian stopper was called upon yet again as the hosts broke from a Barnsley corner, and he made another fine stop to deny Hayden Coulson with 15 minutes remaining.

Once more, Radlinger had to be at his best to make two saves in quick succession, first to thwart Assombalonga at the far post before spreading himself excellently to divert Marcus Tavernier’s shot wide.

More half chances fell the visitors way, but they were unable to carve out a clear opening as 'Boro held on for all three points.

FULL-TIME: Middlesbrough 1-0 Barnsley


BORO XI: Pears, Dijksteel (Bola, 23), Ayala (c), Fry, Tavernier, Assombalonga, Fletcher, Howson, McNair (Clayton, 80), Wing, Coulson.

Not used: Mejias, Wood, O’Neill, Liddle, Hackney.

REDS XI: Radlinger, Cavaré, Diaby, Andersen, B Williams, Bähre (McGeehan, 69), Mowatt (c), Brown, Chaplin, Thomas, Woodrow.

Not used: Collins, J Williams, Sibbick, Dougall, Oduor, Schmidt.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Middlesbrough (A)

4 November 2019

Tickets for our away trip to Middlesbrough go on sale from Thursday 7th November.

We have received an initial allocation of 1,172 tickets in the East Stand upper tier for our game at Middlesbrough on Wednesday 27th November, kick off 7.45pm. A further allocation of tickets may be made available subject to demand and safety officer approval.

Tickets will be available on general sale on Thursday 7th November at 9am and are priced as follows:

Adults £30

Senior Over 65 £20

Juvenile Under 18 £17

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair user tickets are priced at the relevant age category with a personal assistant’s ticket available free of charge if requested.

Official Club Coach Travel departs Oakwell at 4.15pm priced at £23 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 Monday 25th November. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 12 noon Wednesday 27th November, 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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