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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY PREVIEW

11 December 2020

Fresh off the back of our 2-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in midweek, the Reds make the short journey to Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

Six wins from his opening ten games at the helm will give Valérien Ismaël plenty of confidence heading into our first South Yorkshire derby of the campaign, particularly given that two of those have come on the road at Derby County and Birmingham City, respectively.

In Callum Styles and Cauley Woodrow, Barnsley have two players in fine goalscoring form with the pair plundering ten goals between them so far this term – including seven since Ismaël took charge at the tail end of October.

While our victory over the Chairboys on Wednesday evening perhaps wasn’t as vintage a display as we have seen from the Reds this season, it was an indication of how much the team has grown since the start of the previous campaign.

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CHAPLIN PRE-OWLS

11 December 2020

It’s something that Woodrow was keen to highlight in his post-match interview, stating his belief that his side are now able to grind out results against the more dogged teams in the division. A trait they perhaps didn’t have last season.

We make the 12-mile trip to Owlerton in decent form and 13 points clear of Wednesday, who are languishing at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship following their (reduced) six-point deduction for breaking spending rules.

With just one win in their last 12 outings – a surprise triumph against league leaders Bournemouth at the start of December – the Owls are in somewhat of a downward spiral, and their disciplinary record in that time has also taken a hit with five red cards accrued.

The appointment of Tony Pulis in mid-November has done little to steady the ship, although Wednesday have earned credible draws against Swansea City, Stoke City and Reading since the experienced manager took over.

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GAFFER PRE-OWLS

11 December 2020

Our record against the Owls in recent years is nothing short of disappointing, with no wins in the last 12 meetings – although six draws from those encounters does make for slightly better reading when put into context.

The last time we claimed all three points against our local rivals was at Hillsborough as we completed a league double back in February 2009 following a 2-1 victory on home soil four months earlier.

There is, of course, no time like the present to end that winless run against Wednesday and, speaking in his post-match interview after our victory over Wycombe, Ismaël said he is looking forward to his first South Yorkshire derby, even though it will be less special without supporters.

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WATCH REDS AT SWFC

12 December 2020

You can watch both the Gaffer's and Conor Chaplin's pre-match press interviews by clicking the linked videos above.

You can follow all of the action on iFollow Barnsley with commentary from Matt Bailey and Callum Cooper, plus build-up on our social channels throughout the day.

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Match Reports

REDS EARN HILLSBOROUGH VICTORY

12 December 2020

Barnsley tasted victory at Hillsborough for the first time since 2009 as first-half goals from Cauley Woodrow and Dominik Frieser gave the Reds a derby-day win over Sheffield Wednesday.

It was an impressive performance from the Reds to come from behind, and they have now won seven of eleven games since the appointment of Valérien Ismaël.

After Josh Windass had given Wednesday an early lead, it took only ten minutes for Barnsley to strike back, with Woodrow’s header levelling proceedings.

Frieser then tucked in seven minutes prior to the break to ensure the Reds made the short journey back up the M1 with all three points.

In a first half light on chances, both sides looked to make use of balls over the top of one another’s defences, and it was the Owls who first did so successfully in the fourth minute.

Barry Bannan played a long pass towards the pacey Windass, who controlled well to knock the ball past onrushing Reds goalkeeper Jack Walton and finish into an open net.

However, the visitors dug deep to respond quickly, as Matty James’ corner was flicked on at the near post by Mads Andersen, and top scorer Woodrow deftly nodded the equaliser home.

On his return to the starting line-up, Frieser then got his reward after constantly harrying the home side’s defence, slotting in Conor Chaplin’s lofted pass from close range to complete the turnaround.

HALF-TIME: Wednesday 1-2 Reds

The second period brought several chances for the Reds to extend their lead as the game opened up, with Callum Styles firing over from close range before Alex Mowatt flashed a volley narrowly wide.  

At the other end, Wednesday were keen to remind the Reds of their own threat, and it took some heroics from Walton to keep the Owls out.

First, he brilliantly pushed a fierce strike from Kadeem Harris away, before somehow tipping substitute Joey Pelupessy’s 25-yard strike onto the bar.

Owls boss Tony Pulis threw on forwards Izzy Brown and Jordan Rhodes in a desperate attempt to snatch a late equaliser, but his efforts proved to be in vain.

A first win in S6 in their last seven attempts now puts the Reds 16 points ahead of today’s hosts, and gives them a real platform to mount a challenge on the Championship’s top half in games to come.

FULL-TIME: Wednesday 1-2 Reds

Walton, Brittain, Sollbauer, Halme, Andersen, Styles, Mowatt (Palmer), James (Kane), Frieser (Thomas), Chaplin (Adeboyejo), Woodrow (Miller).

Unused: Collins, Oduor, Schmidt, Helik.

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