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CHELSEA FA CUP PREVIEW

8 February 2021

After plenty of unexpected rest, the Reds are finally back in action this week with a fifth round Emirates FA Cup tie against Chelsea next up!

After the weekend washout that saw our clash with Derby County postponed due to Oakwell's playing surface being deemed waterlogged and unsafe to play on by referee Keith Stroud, we're hoping for better luck on Thursday 11 February when Premier League giants Chelsea arrive on Grove Street for an 8pm kick-off.

It will have been 12 days since our last fixture; the 0-0 draw at Nottingham Forest seems a while ago but perhaps this surprise period of rest will have helped the Reds, with a number of players suffering knocks in recent weeks. 

The extra few days on the training ground will have been a bonus for Valérien Ismaël as the Head Coach works on a formula to eliminate the threat of the West London outfit on Thursday evening. 

It's also given new signing, Daryl Dike more time to settle into life as a Barnsley player, and what a fixture for him to potentially make his Reds bow in. 

Our visitors from the nation's capital were far from enjoying a great season up until recently. Their poor form saw club legend Frank Lampard dismissed following their fourth round victory over Luton Town.

Since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have won three and drawn one of their fixtures, conceding just the solitary goal in their most recent outing, the weekend victory at Sheffield United.

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MOWATT PRE-CHELSEA

9 February 2021

The German is no stranger to our own coach, as Tuchel and Ismaël went head-to-head when both were in charge of Dortmund and Wolfsburg respectively. Four years on and they meet again in football's oldest cup competition. 

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ISMAËL PRE-CHELSEA

10 February 2021

Of course, the Reds have already met Chelsea in cup competition this term. That ended in a 6-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge under Gerhard Struber's watch, but in the FA Cup, history is on Barnsley's side.

Back in 1989 the Reds hammered Chelsea 4-0 at home in the third round of the competition, with Gwyn Thomas, David Currie and Steve Agnew (x2) on the scoresheet. And famously, back in 2008 at Oakwell, we recorded a 1-0 win with Kayode Odejayi's second half header seeing off the holders of the cup to reach the semi finals. 

The big match is being televised LIVE on BBC One from 7.30pm, so free to air for all Reds supporters, just as it was 13 years ago.

It is sure to be a stern test for the Reds on Thursday evening at Oakwell, with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs.

Both Valérien Ismaël and his captain, Alex Mowatt attended a pre-match press conference to help preview the tie, and both videos are available to see over on iFollow Barnsley.

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FA CUP RUN ENDS FOR THE REDS

11 February 2021

Barnsley were knocked out of this year's Emirates FA Cup at the last 16 stage by Premier League giants Chelsea.

Having already been eliminated from the Carabao Cup by the Blues earlier this season, the Reds were dealt a repeat blow here at a bitterly cold Oakwell. 

Tammy Abraham's second half finish from close-range was enough for Thomas Tuchel's in-form side, who barely threatened the Reds otherwise in a game the hosts dominated in terms of chances.

Reds' Head Coach, Valérien Ismaël had spoken in the build-up about his team needing to put in a top performance and to be clinical when chances arose. Unfortunately, the performance was there but again against quality opposition, the Reds froze in front of goal.

Wing-back Callum Brittain had two golden opportunities in the opening 45, first when latching onto Alex Mowatt's cross via a Conor Chaplin flick-on, but his effort from a couple of yards out found Blues 'keeper Kepa when it looked easier to score.

The same player was out of luck from a short corner when after finding room inside the box to shoot, his goalbound effort came off teammate Victor Adeboyejo and trickled just wide of the Chelsea goal.

Toby Sibbick put in a last-ditch tackle to thwart Abraham inside the box, which was the visitors best attacking move of the first half, with the Blues claiming a penalty, turned down by referee Martin Atkinson.

HALF-TIME: Reds 0-0 Chelsea

The away side reshuffled a little during the break, moving to a 4-3-3 system and making a couple of changes, and whilst this enabled them to see more of the ball, it was still the Reds asking all the questions, as Chaplin dragged wide from the edge of the box.

There was a warning on the hour-mark when Sibbick was beaten by the dangerous Callum Hudson-Odoi out wide, but the England man fired his low effort just wide of the far post. 

Latest signing, Daryl Dike made his first Reds appearance, along with introductions for all of Jordan Williams, Romal Palmer, Dominik Frieser and Michael Sollbauer as Ismaël looked for fresh legs to make an impact. 

But it was the West Londoners who struck the fatal blow on 64 minutes when just seconds after Antonio Rudiger had powered a header a yard wide, Abraham escaped his marker inside the six yard box to convert a Reece James cross, with Reds players stunned when the offside flag wasn't raised. It looked very close from the press box. 

But the Reds fought on regardless and there was a wonderful chance in the final 10 minutes when Sollbauer hooked an ambitious effort that was heading into the net only for that man Abraham to clear off the line with his head, right under the crossbar!

It had been a heroic display by the Reds, but without reward. It's back down to league business for the rest of the 20/21 campaign.

FULL-TIME: Reds 0-1 Chelsea

 

Collins, Brittain (J.Williams), Sibbick (Sollbauer), Helik, Andersen, Styles, Mowatt, Kane (Palmer), Chaplin (Frieser), Woodrow, Adeboyejo (Dike). 

Unused: Walton, Oduor, Moon, Thompson.

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