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NORWICH CITY PREVIEW

6 May 2021

It's the final game of the 20/21 regular season as the Reds welcome the Canaries to Oakwell in a 12.30pm kick-off this Saturday.

With an end-of-season play-off place already wrapped up a couple of weeks ago now, Barnsley head into this weekend's final fixture of the 46-game Sky Bet Championship campaign with no pressure and an opportunity to sign off in the perfect fashion pre-play-offs by taking on the Champions.

It has been an extraordinary season for everyone connected to this great club of ours, witnessing the Reds rise from the bottom three to the top six, breaking a plethora of club records along the way under the exceptional stewardship of Valérien Ismaël. 

Such has been the rapid rise in our fortunes, so too do the expectations of all involved, fans included. To the point that, after last weekend's defeat at Preston there has been talk of the Reds' poor form of late. Yet they're at worst, 7th in the form table. Based on the last six games. 

The Reds have lost just three of their last 20 league fixtures. They've won 13 of those games. 

Have they comfortably brushed aside each and every opponent they've faced in that period, stretching back to February when sat mid-table? No. There isn't a club playing at this kind of level in world football who can say otherwise. 

But yes, the expectation and levels of desire have increased, which is natural. So that when those highs aren't reached, questions are asked. It's inevitable, and another sign of the progress we have made as a football club and team over this 20/21 season.

Barnsley are in the second tier play-offs for only the second time in club history. Having last season taken until the 88th minute of the final game to secure mere safety in the division. 

A lot has changed in football since our first ever visit to Wembley in the year 2000, but one thing's for sure - the Reds are heading into the end-of-season play-offs as underdogs. Just how we've always liked it. 

That is for another preview though. Because for now, we still have the small matter of welcoming the all-conquering Canaries to Oakwell in the season finale. 

Daniel Farke's side have made an immediate return to the Premier League, crowned Champions after last weekend's fixtures.

This will be their second journey along Grove Street this season, having visited in January of this season for an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, that Barnsley won 1-0 with a Callum Styles goal in the second half of an entertaining affair. 

In the league meeting at Carrow Road - our first fixture of 2021 - Norwich were 1-0 winners themselves, thanks to a stunning Emi Buendia strike, in what was a closely contested clash in Norfolk. 

The Player of the Year in the Sky Bet Championship, Buendia is just one of a number of outstanding talents playing in yellow this term. The likes of Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons and Kenny McLean have all stood out for Farke in their acclaimed ascent back to the top flight. 

Club News

WATCH CANARIES CLASH

4 May 2021

We will have live coverage of the Norwich City clash on iFollow Barnsley, where Callum Cooper takes over lead commentary duties to round off the season, joined by Reds defender Ben Williams, offering his unique analysis as he nears a return to first team action.

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REDS END SEASON WITH CANARIES DRAW

8 May 2021

Barnsley ended the regulation Sky Bet Championship season with a 2-2 draw against champions Norwich City at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds led twice through Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin, but were pegged back by Emiliano Buendía and Adam Idah.

Valérien Ismaël gave Jasper Moon his full debut, with the youngster having previously featured in a cameo appearance at Rotherham United in December and for 45 minutes at Preston North End last week.

Barnsley had an early sight of goal when Chaplin took aim from the edge of the box, but his dipping half-volley whistled narrowly over the bar.

From a drop ball situation, Callum Styles swung a cross into the area that was cleared only as far as Moon who forced Tim Krul into a decent save down to his right.

The deadlock was broken midway through the half, though, when Carlton Morris won possession back and raced into the area before squaring unselfishly for Woodrow to slot into an empty net.

But the lead didn’t last long as the visitors worked it well from back to front and Max Aarons found the perfect cross for Buendía to head into the bottom corner.

The Reds continued to press forward, dominating chances and pressing Norwich high up the pitch, and Woodrow twice came close to restoring our lead first testing Krul with a low drive and then skewing wide of the upright.

We eventually made our pressure tell late in the half when Styles whipped a beautiful cross for Chaplin to nod into the far corner and put us ahead once more.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 2-1 Norwich City

Eight minutes into the second half, however, the visitors levelled once more when Adam Idah, only on the pitch a matter of moments, swept home from close range after being picked out by Todd Cantwell.

That didn’t deter Barnsley, though, and Romal Palmer was next to try his luck with an effort from range that skidded across the saturated Oakwell turf and was gathered by Krul.

Norwich had an excellent opportunity to take the lead when Mario Vrančič whipped in a delightful free-kick, but Grant Hanley couldn’t direct his powerful header on target.

Late on, Liam Kitching was introduced for his Reds debut having got 45 minutes under his belt with our U23s earlier in the week.

Buendía came agonisingly close to firing home a winner for the Canaries following an intricate move through the middle of the pitch, but both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The result means we leapfrog Bournemouth into fifth following their defeat against Stoke City, meaning we will face Swansea City in the play-offs.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-2 Norwich City

REDS XI: Collins (GK), Sibbick (Kitching, 82), Helik, Andersen, Brittain, Moon (J Williams, 67), Palmer, Styles, Chaplin (Frieser, 55), Woodrow (C) (Dike, 55), Morris (Adeboyejo, 55).

Not used: Walton (GK), Sollbauer, Oduor, Halme.

NORWICH XI: Krul (GK), Aarons, Omobamidele, Hanley, Giannoulis, Tettey (C), McLean (Idah, 52), Buendía, Vrančič, Cantwell, Hugill (Dowell, 72).

Not used: Nyland (GK), Płacheta, Quintillà, Stiepermann, Sørensen, Hernández, Mumba.

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