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BRISTOL CITY PREVIEW

15 October 2020

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After a short break for international football, the Reds return to action this weekend and will welcome early Sky Bet Championship pacesetters, Bristol City to Oakwell on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off.

Despite this last fortnight being deemed a 'break' of sorts, it has been as eventful as ever at Barnsley. The departure of Gerhard Struber kicked things off.

The man who helped steer the Reds to an improbable safety mission just a few months previously in one of the world's most competitive leagues, decided after a third league defeat in four games - at Boro last time out - to make the move to the home of soccer. 

Back here in the home of football, there were further departures in the form of two players brought to the club by the Austrian coach in Kilian Ludewig whose loan-deal was mutually terminated, and Marcel Ritzmaier who has made a season-long loan move to Rapid Vienna back in his homeland. 

The club quite rightly thanked all three men for their sterling effort and commitment to the cause during the 'great escape' campaign. 

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ADAM MURRAY PRESS

14 October 2020

Central defender Bambo Diaby had his contract mutually terminated following a two-year FA Anti-Doping ban. 

There have been a number of additions to the playing group also. Scottish youngster Jack Aitchison arrived from Celtic and the forward was swiftly sent on loan to Sky Bet League Two outfit Stevenage FC, where he made his debut last weekend, playing 90 minutes in his new side's 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town.

Full-back Callum Brittain was signed last weekend, joining from Sky Bet League One outfit MK Dons for an undisclosed fee and will be looking to make his Reds bow this Saturday as we take on the league leaders. 

The big news on the transfer front came on deadline day with the arrival of two brand new midfielders. Well, new in the case of Herbie Kane certainly. The attacking midfielder arrived from Liverpool on a four-year deal.

He was joined by a former Reds favourite as we brought Matty James back to Oakwell on a loan-deal from Leicester City. The holding midfielder adds some vital experience to the young squad and is without doubt a real coup.

And whilst interviews have been taking place since Struber's decision to head to the Big Apple, regards the vacant Head Coach position, a new man isn't imminently expected, and so it looks like Adam Murray will once more lead from the dugout in the interim. 

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WALTON PRESS

14 October 2020

The former Mansfield Town gaffer spoke to the press in midweek, as did his goalkeeper Jack Walton and you can watch both of their pre-match press conference interviews by clicking the linked videos below.

 

Murray is a popular figure at the club and was also in caretaker charge when the Reds last met the Robins in this fixture, last season. That finished in a 2-2 draw with Barnsley fighting back for a point having been 2-0 down. Maybe Adam will be able to find the magic that's been missing so far in 20/21, particularly in terms of the Reds' output in front of goal.

Just one point from the opening four league fixtures and just the one goal to show for over 360 minutes of football. The solitary strike being Cauley Woodrow's penalty kick in the dying embers of our defeat on Teesside on October 3. Under Murray last term, the Reds did score in every fixture, eight goals across the five matches. It was keeping goals out at the other end that was the issue, with Barnsley drawing three and losing two of those games.

Its been practically 12 months, strangely enough - thanks to the impact of COVID-19 - since the former Derby County midfielder's first caretaker stint. He will be hoping for a big performance at the weekend, and we imagine it will need to be to take anything from this one against a side who've won all four league games and currently sit atop of the embryonic Sky Bet Championship standings.

It’s been a fantastic start to the new campaign for Robins boss, Dean Holden.

Saturday's visitors made some very canny signings during the summer, so it’s not a huge shock seeing them start so well. They added proven nous up top in Chris Martin, strengthened their defence with former Reds central defender Alfie Mawson and brought veteran midfielder Chris Brunt to Ashton Gate too.

Former Huddersfield Town hotshot Nahki Wells is a proven scorer at this level, assisted by the likes of Jamie Paterson and Andy Weimann from a little deeper, and in central midfield, the Robins added another ex-Red in Joe Williams. It's a very talented and well balanced squad at Holden's disposal as he looks to make good on the promising work done by his predecessor and our former coach, Lee Johnson who was dismissed after four years in charge during the back-end of last season.

You've to go back eight years for our last victory in this particular fixture. That was a 1-0 win at Oakwell in 2012, with Jacob Mellis' goal earning the Reds all three points under Keith Hill. 

Five of the last eight clashes have ended in 2-2 draws. In fact, this has to be one of the most high-scoring football fixtures in history. There have been many 5-1, 5-2, 5-3 scorelines for both sides. Lots of 3-3 draws too, and, a 7-1 Reds win in 1913 and 7-4 defeat in 1958! 

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WATCH ROBINS CLASH

16 October 2020

It'll be 0-0 on Saturday, we've just jinxed it. 

Seasonal Members should have their streaming codes by now, but for those without a Reds Membership, don't forget you can still watch the Reds from home by purchasing an iFollow Barnsley Match Pass

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REDS LEAVE IT LATE AGAINST ROBINS

17 October 2020

Cauley Woodrow’s 102nd minute penalty secured a dramatic point for the Reds in a thrilling encounter with Bristol City at Oakwell.

Barnsley were good value for the draw after going toe-to-toe with the Sky Bet Championship’s early pacesetters on Saturday afternoon.

And it was Adam Murray’s side who made the perfect start as Michal Helik rose highest to head home Romal Palmer’s deep corner to open his Reds’ account inside the first minute.

That goal spurred the visitors into life and Andreas Weimann came close to levelling moments later when he glanced a header narrowly wide from.

Both teams were enjoying an equal share of possession, but neither really created any clear-cut scoring chances until six minutes before the interval when Jordan Williams had to be alert to keep Nahki Wells’ effort out on the line.

Michael Sollbauer had the half’s final opportunity as he met Conor Chaplin’s free-kick, but Max O’Leary gathered his attempt comfortably.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Bristol City

If the Reds had made a flying start to the first half, it was anything but as the second got underway.

Within two minutes of the restart, the Robins had drawn level as Jack Hunt fired in via a deflection off Mads Andersen after a goalmouth scramble.

One soon became two just moments later when Tyreeq Bakinson took aim from 20-yards and his effort clipped off Alex Mowatt’s heel, wrong-footed Jack Walton and found its way into the bottom corner.

It was harsh on Barnsley, who had more than held their own throughout the encounter, but this spirited bunch never say die.

A couple of substitutions and a tactical tweak saw the Reds approach the game with more impetus, with Luke Thomas and Sollbauer providing a dangerous outlet on the right flank.

Walton had to be at his best to deny Weimann with a fine save down to his right before Jordan Williams lofted a ball forward deep into stoppage time. Sollbauer climbed highest to win the header and was clattered by Callum O’Dowda, and referee Leigh Doughty pointed to the spot.

After a lengthy delay to treat the Austrian, Woodrow kept his composure to crash a deserved equaliser home 12 minutes into stoppage time with the last kick of the game.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-2 Bristol City 

REDS XI: Walton, J.Williams, Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen, Oduor (Simoes), Palmer (Kane), Mowatt (c), Thomas, Woodrow, Chaplin (Frieser).

Unused: Collins, Brittain, Christie-Davies, Schmidt.

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