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14 December 2020

Back to Oakwell this Tuesday evening for more Sky Bet Championship action as the Reds welcome Preston North End in a 7.45pm kick-off.

Fresh from the weekend's South Yorkshire derby exploits, Valérien Ismaël's side bounce straight back into another matchday, under the lights of Oakwell in welcoming the Lilywhites this Tuesday night. 

Running out deserved winners at Hillsborough on Saturday was perfect for the Frenchman and his young charges as they look to build on the momentum of three wins in their last four outings.

Despite going behind inside four minutes against Sheffield Wednesday, the Reds rallied quickly with goals from Cauley Woodrow (his 8th of the season) and Dominik Frieser to seal a long overdue victory over the Owls



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But as the gaffer was soon to point out during his post-match press briefing, there was little time for partying, with yet another fixture on the horizon. And Valérien sat down ahead of the PNE clash, as did defender Mads Andersen to help preview the big game.


The Reds leapfrogged Preston in the Sky Bet Championship standings after the latest action at the weekend. Barnsley's triumph in S6 and North End's surprise 3-0 humbling at Luton Town saw to that.

But the Lilywhites have proven stiff opposition in recent encounters for the Reds, with two big defeats last season in particular. 

Beaten 5-1 at Deepdale - a result that saw the departure of Daniel Stendel - and then 3-0 at Oakwell, the Lancashire outfit were good value for their two victories last term and in manager Alex Neil and pretty much the same group of players, North End do have a very stable look about them.



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Like the Reds, they'll be hoping to keep picking up victories and see where it takes them this season, having finished four points outside the playoffs in 2019/20. 

Amongst that group of players at Deepdale are a couple of familiar faces for Reds fans. Both Ben Pearson and Brad Potts had successful spells here at Oakwell in the not-too-distant past, and will be once again looking to get one over their former employers.

The Reds' last victory in this fixture came back in 2011 when goals from Garry O'Connor and Danny Haynes were enough for a 2-0 win. 

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15 December 2020

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Match Reports


15 December 2020

Wonderful strikes from Alex Mowatt and Victor Adeboyejo overturned Sean Maguire’s header as Barnsley continued their recent good form by triumphing over Preston North End at Oakwell.

Whether Maguire’s second-minute header from Paul Gallagher’s corner had indeed crossed the line required confirmation from the linesman, but the goal was awarded after a brief period of confusion.

Reds skipper Mowatt then produced a moment of magic early in the second half to level proceedings, before substitute Adeboyejo’s curling finish ten minutes from time ensured the hosts would take all three points.

Just as at Hillsborough on Saturday, Valérien Ismaël’s charges showed spirit and resolve to react well to falling behind early on, but they were unable to come up with an equaliser in the first period.

Much of Barnsley’s attack was routed through Conor Chaplin, and their best chance came when he played in Callum Styles with a pass over the top, but the youngster couldn’t keep his close-range finish down.

Preston fought their way back into the game at the end of the first half, and Emil Riis Jakobsen was denied from doubling the advantage by a brilliant Jack Walton save.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-1 Preston

The deserved leveller the Reds had been chasing finally arrived nine minutes after the break, when after a one-two with Styles, Mowatt set himself 20-yards from goal, and bent a magnificent strike into the far corner.

The Lilywhites almost retook the lead immediately afterwards, and it took more heroics from Walton to prevent that as he got a foot to Josh Earl’s low drive, before the Preston number three’s follow-up sailed over the crossbar.

A draw would not have been harsh on either team, but with the clock entering the final ten minutes, Adeboyejo came up with the goods to net the winner for the Reds.

Cauley Woodrow drove into the box and found the 22-year-old lurking in space with an inch-perfect pass, who curled a shot across Declan Rudd and inside the far post.  

Another excellent turnaround victory for Barnsley means they continue their march up the Championship table and now sit ninth, just four points outside the playoff spots ahead of Saturday’s trip to fourth-placed Swansea City.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-1 Preston

Walton, Styles, Andersen, Brittain, Woodrow, Chaplin (Thomas), Sollbauer, Mowatt (c), Frieser (Adeboyejo), Helik, James (Kane).

Unused: Collins, Moon, Oduor, Palmer, Miller, Schmidt.

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