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27 November 2020

It's a roses clash this weekend as the Reds cross the border to take on Blackburn Rovers.

After a midweek defeat on home soil, Barnsley head back on the road on Saturday to take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 3pm kick-off. 

Tuesday night's first Oakwell loss since the opening day of the league campaign was a tough one to swallow for the Reds. Second best for the majority against a much-fancied Brentford outfit, Valérien Ismaël's side were denied what looked a blatant penalty kick in the dying embers and thus an opportunity to grab a scarcely deserved point from the fixture.

Ivan Toney's clever header from a set-piece though proved the difference, the former Reds loanee continuing his astonishingly impressive goal-scoring form to condemn Barnsley to a rare defeat on their own patch. 

But spirits remain high in the Oakwell camp. After a uninspiring first month of the 20/21 season, there has since been a real uptick in performance, married then by results since Ismaël arrived as Head Coach in late October.

Currently sat nicely in mid-table, the Reds are now seven points clear of the dreaded bottom three with the same gap to the top six and playoff ambition. That middle ground is the sort of step forward that all at Oakwell were aiming towards as a minimum target at the start of the campaign.

Reds' Head Coach, Ismaël and his captain, Alex Mowatt spoke with the press in midweek to preview the Rovers clash and you can catch their interviews by clicking the linked videos below.

We're still in the first third of term however, so as bright as the outlook presently appears, there are plenty of twists and turns no doubt ahead of us and the focus will indeed remain on pushing as high as possible as the season develops further still. 

There were no fresh injury concerns coming out of the Bees defeat, but with games coming thick and fast during this busy schedule, that loss might well nudge Valérien towards freshening the pack when we travel to Blackburn on Saturday. 

Our Lancashire hosts at the weekend are unbeaten in their last four outings following Tuesday night's emphatic 3-0 victory at Preston in a local derby. A result that will have surely raised the confidence of all associated with Rovers. 

In another former Barnsley loanee striker, Adam Armstrong, Blackburn have in their ranks one of the Sky Bet Championship's most prolific frontmen. The 23-year-old geordie has already notched 13 goals in his 14 appearances so far this season. A breathtaking start to the campaign for the man who spent a season at Oakwell back in 2016/17.

Led by the vastly experienced Tony Mowbray, our opponents on Saturday came out the right side of a five-goal thriller in this fixture last term, before the Reds saw off Rovers 2-0 at Oakwell later in the campaign. 

It was the 2016/17 season in which the Reds last won at Ewood Park. Armstrong and a certain Alex Mowatt were late subs for Barnsley on that occasion, when goals from Marc Roberts and Marley Watkins saw us to a 2-0 win against a Rovers side who went on to be relegated. Also in the Reds' lineup that afternoon was midfielder Matty James. 

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28 November 2020

We'll have live coverage on iFollow Barnsley from just before 3pm this Saturday as the Reds look to secure back-to-back away wins and lift themselves into the top half of the table.

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Match Reports


28 November 2020

It's defeat on the road for the Reds as a failure to take chances is punished accordingly by in-form Blackburn.

Valérien Ismaël had made two changes to his starting XI with Matty James and Dominik Frieser missing out for Herbie Kane and Luke Thomas respectively. 

There was an early Tom Trybull effort from range for Barnsley to deal with, as the German's powerful drive was only parried by Jack Walton but Mads Andersen was on hand to hook the rebound clear. 

The Reds settled and went on to dominate the first half but spurned a number of presentable opportunities. 

Kane saw a 30-yard free-kick plucked out of the top corner by Rovers' 'keeper Thomas Kaminski, before Kane's inswinging corner was headed over from six yards by Andersen under a challenge. 

Conor Chaplin saw a half-volley fire into the ground and take a deflection, seeing it go an inch wide from just inside the Rovers box. 

The diminuitive striker then shot straight at the hosts' goalkeeper after great work by Callum Styles wide left. 

Another set piece from the right by Barnsley saw Cauley Woodrow get a header badly wrong, as the visitors failed to capitalise on their pressure.

Walton had to be sharp to save from Ben Brereton with his feet as we approached the break, before Rovers punished the Reds just two minutes later. 

Andersen was muscled out of it on the left by Ryan Nyambe and the full-back's low cross was emphatically crashed home from 12 yards by ex-Reds loanee Adam Armstrong.

HALF-TIME: Rovers 1-0 Reds

Following the break, the Reds had a 15 to 20 minute spell where they looked close to levelling proceedings with Woodrow seeing a goalbound strike blocked inside the box, then Styles firing well over soon after. 

Callum Brittain was impressive down the right but it was through the middle where he excelled on the hour-mark as he somehow glided beyond defenders before curling an effort wide from the edge of the box, as substitute Victor Adeboyejo screamed for a pass. 

Andersen came the closest for Barnsley with a header that was wonderfully tipped behind by Kaminski, following a delicious Kane corner kick. 

But the Reds were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal on 77 minutes as Nyambe again beat his man too easily before his cleared cross dropped for Sam Gallagher to stroke home from the edge of the box for 2-0. 

Romal Palmer - off the bench - did make an impact, as his goal with five minutes of added time remaining gave the Reds brief hope of a turnaround, but it wasn't to be. 

FULL-TIME: Rovers 2-1 Reds

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

Unused: Collins, Moon, James, Schmidt.

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