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STOKE CITY PREVIEW

19 October 2020

Barnsley travel to Stoke City on Wednesday evening looking to build on their hard-earned point against Sky Bet Championship leaders Bristol City at the weekend.

Cauley Woodrow’s dramatic late penalty 12 minutes into stoppage time ensured the Reds claimed a richly deserved share of the spoils, having been pegged back by the Robins after Michal Helik’s early opener at Oakwell.

It was just the result that Adam Murray needed in his first game back in interim charge of the team, and he spoke after the match about the players’ character to never give in – something that was shown in abundance at the tail end of last season.

Cauley Woodrow slams home the equaliser

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MURRAY STOKE PRESSER

20 October 2020

There appeared to be more onus on the attack on Saturday, with Barnsley showing greater impetus – especially when reverting to four at the back midway through the second half.

Murray’s record during his first spell saw the Reds net eight goals in five games as he adopted a more offensive approach; the issue was keeping them out at the other end. There were signs against the Robins that the defensive solidity implemented under Gerhard Struber since lockdown was still part of the foundations – particularly seeing that the visitors’ goals were both aided by huge deflections as we limited Dean Holden’s side to few chances.

You can watch Murray's pre-match press conference over on iFollow Barnsley, and that of midfielder Romal Palmer, or by clicking the linked videos above.

Barnsley had a confidence and swagger about them and seemingly a licence to express themselves, but it will be a different task against Stoke with memories of the 4-0 humbling a few months ago still fresh.

Tom Ince fires home a fourth

The Potters have begun the new campaign brightly and sit eighth in the table with just one defeat, but are yet to register a win at home; losing to Bristol City and salvaging a late point against Birmingham City.

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ROMAL PALMER PRESSER

20 October 2020

Under Michael O’Neill, City have rediscovered their aura as one of the division’s so-called ‘big boys’, having failed to find any kind of consistency following their relegation from the top flight in 2018.

Consecutive lower-mid table finishes at the bet365 Stadium constitute as underachieving for Stoke, who will surely have ambitions of returning to the Premier League, where they spent 10 consecutive seasons, reached an FA Cup final and even embarked on a European adventure with trips to Kiev, Tel-Aviv and finally Valencia.

Jacob Brown and Adam Davies celebrate for Stoke City

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WATCH STOKE

21 October 2020

There are a few familiar faces in the Potters’ line-up, with Jacob Brown joining ex-Reds Adam Davies and Liam Lindsay in Staffordshire. As well as adding our former ‘Star Man’ to their squad, City bolstered their ranks with more experience in the transfer window, with Steven Fletcher and Jon Obi Mikel brought in by O’Neill, and James Chester making his loan move permanent following his release from Aston Villa.

Over the years, this has been a relatively even fixture, with both sides winning 22 of the 60 encounters. Istvan Ferenczi was on target the last time Barnsley claimed all three points in a 1-0 win at City back in February 2007.

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REDS HELD TO A DRAW BY POTTERS

21 October 2020

Barnsley had to settle for a point on Wednesday night, twice pegged back by hosts, Stoke who had a man sent off.

The game was very end-to-end in the opening stages, both looking to find runners in behind, but it wasn't until 10 minutes into the match that a first real opportunity presented itself. 

It was a fine run out wide by Dominik Frieser, down the right and latching onto an Alex Mowatt ball over the top he hooked the ball to the far post where it was met nicely on the volley by Cauley Woodrow but the striker's effort was blocked on the line by Stoke defender Nathan Collins. 

Barnsley took the lead on 18 minutes as a quickly taken throw-in by Frieser into the feet of Woodrow saw our number spin his marker before playing an inviting square ball into the area where the on-rushing Elliot Simoes pounced, stabbing home from close-range, diverting the ball into the corner beyond ex-Reds 'keeper Adam Davies.

Our number one had to be down sharply just after the half-hour mark to deny Steven Fletcher. The Scot was played in one-on-one by Nick Powell but Jack Walton's feet came to the rescue. 

The hosts did level just before half time when Harry Souttar's hopeful through-ball was missed by Michal Helik and Tyreese Campbell did the simple job of finishing from 12 yards out, firing home for 1-1. It was a cruel blow, with the Reds dominant for much of the first half. 

But right as the whistle was about to go, the Reds regained their lead as Mowatt put in a delightful curled cross that saw Frieser stick out a foot to grab the Austrian's first goal for the club. 

HALF-TIME: Stoke 1-2 Barnsley

The lead didn't last long, however. A hopeful cross into the Barnsley box was claimed by Walton, but the Reds' stopper couldn't hold it, the ball falling nicely for Tommy Smith and the former Huddersfield Town man had the simple task of slotting into the vacant Reds goal for 2-2.

Palmer, who'd been impressive again, was replaced by Herbie Kane immediately following the goal. 

It was nearly 3-2 soon after when another mixup in defence allowed Fletcher a chance inside the box but the Scottish international blazed the effort well over the crossbar. 

Drama arrived on the hour mark as the home side were reduced to 10 men. Nathan Collins was dismissed for a coming together with Frieser 50 yards from goal. 

The Reds began to attack incessantly, but were struggling with the final pass or shot, something that's dogged us for a while now. 

With 15 minutes remaining, Woodrow slipped in Callum Brittain and the debutant saw his fierce effort blocked by Davies. 

Davies was again to Stoke's rescue soon after as he denied Brittain on the half-volley after the hosts failed to clear a corner.

The Reds then introduced Luke Thomas, with him taking the place of goalscorer Simoes, and Patrick Schmidt also joined the fray, for Brittain.

With five minutes left, ex-Red Jacob Brown nearly stole in but his shot was blocked by the retreating Helik. Had it not been, the home side would have probably taken the lead. 

Despite huffing and puffing at the other end, we couldn't force a winning goal, with the game ending in another draw, leaving us still in search of our first three points of the season.

FULL-TIME: Stoke 2-2 Barnsley

Walton, Brittain (Schmidt), J.Williams, Helik, Andersen, Oduor, Mowatt, Palmer (Kane), Frieser, Woodrow, Simoes (Thomas).

Unused: Addai, Halme, James, Chaplin.

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