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READING AWAY PREVIEW

17 September 2020

It's another road trip for the Reds this weekend as our Sky Bet Championship campaign continues in Reading.

Back to league action for Barnsley on Saturday following the midweek victory at Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup. 

That 2-0 win at the Riverside was the perfect pick-me-up after last weekend's disappointing Championship-opener against Luton. 

Goals in the first half from Patrick Schmidt and Jordan Williams were enough on Teesside as Reds boss, Gerhard Struber rang the changes in terms of selection. A number will have undoubtedly pushed their claims for a starting position this weekend. 

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STRUBER PRE-READING

18 September 2020

With Premier League giants Chelsea awaiting in the third round next Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, minds need to be focused first up on this clash with the Royals, in the bread-and-butter of the Sky Bet Championship. 

Struber has problems in the left-back position with both Ben Williams (long-term knee injury) and Clarke Oduor unavailable at the moment. Proving he can play - and play well - in just about any role, Jordan Williams operated down the left in midweek for the first 45 until Callum Styles' appearance at the break. You'd expect one of those two men to fill in once more on Saturday.

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THOMAS PRE-READING

18 September 2020

Polish centre back Michal Helik made an impressive start to life as a Red in Middlesbrough; a solid debut and offering the Reds another physical outlet. And Dominik Frieser got his first 90 minutes since arriving in the summer, putting in a tireless shift up front. 

Ahead of the trip to the Madejski Stadium, both the Head Coach and his midfielder Luke Thomas spoke with the assembled press to help preview the game.

Subscribers to iFollow Barnsley can enjoy both pre-match press conference interviews by clicking on the linked videos above. 

Our hosts on Saturday bowed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, losing 1-0 on home soil against Luton, but they did kick-off their Sky Bet Championship season with an impressive 2-0 win away at Derby County.

Under new management at the Madejski, with Serbian coach Veljko Paunović appointed just prior to the 20/21 campaign getting underway, the Royals will be hoping for a much better time of things after a hugely disappointing season last time out. 

In terms of their squad, they've added midfield powerhouse Ovie Ejaria on a permanent basis after his outstanding loan spell during the summer and kept hold of stalwarts such as ex-Red Andy Yiadom, midfield playmaker John Swift and talented 'keeper Rafael. 

The Reds have failed to score at the Madejski in their last three visits and haven't won there since March 2014. Not the happiest of hunting grounds, and incidentally, this was the last away trip pre-COVID-19 where Barnsley were beaten 2-0 in a dismal showing.

 

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WATCH READING LIVE

18 September 2020

You can watch the Reds behind-closed-doors in this one by purchasing a Match Pass via iFollow Barnsley

Follow the link below and look forward to a four-camera, HD broadcast from Berkshire, with Matt Bailey on commentary duty, joined by Barnsley legend Darren Barnard as expert summariser. 

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REDS BEATEN AFTER TWO RED CARDS IN READING

19 September 2020

It's defeat on the road for the Reds in a game turned on its head by red cards.

In a game that Barnsley were in complete control of, a 42nd minute dismissal for Michal Helik changed the entire complexion, resulting in a second consecutive league defeat.

Reds boss, Gerhard Struber made two changes to his starting XI from the midweek cup win at Middlesbrough, bringing Jack Walton back in goal and dropping goalscorer up on Teesside Patrick Schmidt for Conor Chaplin.

The Reds began the game on the front foot, dominant for much of the opening 45, and were unlucky not to go ahead on a couple of occasions. 

Inside the first ten minutes, a wonderful cross from the left by Marcel Ritzmaier was met well inside the area by Dominik Frieser whose header looked destined for the far corner only for Royals' goalkeeper Rafael to claw it behind for a corner.

The one-way traffic continued as next it was Luke Thomas teed up by Frieser on the edge of the box who saw a poor effort flash wide, before going on a jinking run that took him beyond two defenders and into the box before seeing his low cross turned behind. 

Barnsley's disciplinary issues began on 23 minutes as Mads Andersen took a poor touch on halfway which saw the Reading forward nip in and then fall under the Dane's attempted challenge. Mads was booked for that mistake, but it was still all Barnsley in terms of momentum. 

Another fine Ritzmaier cross to the far post from another corner was met by Andersen and his goalbound header struck colleague Michal Helik and went off him and out of play. 

There looked a high boot from John Swift for the hosts as he challenged Jack Walton for a high ball. Walton cleared and was floored by the challenge, with just a free-kick awarded by referee Tim Robinson. 

The controversy arrived on 42 minutes as after Kilian Ludewig failed to shoot on the edge of the Reading box, the hosts launched a long ball clear which saw Helik scampering back towards his own goal alongside Royals' striker Lucas Joao and as 'keeper Walton cleared the ball, both Helik and Joao came together and referee Robinson adjudged it to have been a deliberate foul by the Pole, sending him off and thus reducing the Reds to ten men. 

Reading finally had one or two forays into the Reds' third following that, but Barnsley hung on for half-time, with players surrounding the officials going in 0-0 at the interval.

HALF-TIME: Reading 0-0 Barnsley

Struber brought Callum Styles on for Luke Thomas at the break, with the Reds trying to sit in a little being a man light. 

Josh Laurent was booked for a crude tackle early into the second 45 before Frieser was flattened on the edge of the box by Royals' 'skipper Liam Moore, with the referee not even giving the Reds a free-kick. 

A few minutes later and Olise for the home side went straight through the back of Chaplin on halfway with a free-kick given and nothing more. 

Schmidt replaced Frieser soon after before Reading substitute Yakou Meite forced Walton into his first save of the game, wonderful to his left to push behind the powerful header. 

But straight from that set-piece, the same player bundled in the opening goal after the Reds failed to clear the inswinging corner kick. 

If it wasn't a hard enough task already, it became tougher a moment later, as Andersen joined Helik in the dressing room, sent off for handball on 68 minutes. 

There was a booking for the captain, Alex Mowatt before Reading sealed the victory when again, Barnsley didn't clear a corner with any real purpose and Olise struck a first time effort into the bottom corner from 25-yards with Walton unsighted with bodies in front of him.

The hosts settled with what they'd got from then on in, as the Reds tried to rally with nine men, but it was to no avail as Struber's men fell to a second successive league defeat on an awful afternoon in Berkshire.

FULL-TIME: Reading 2-0 Barnsley

Walton, Ludewig, Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen, J.Williams, Mowatt, Ritzmaier, Thomas (Styles), Chaplin (Halme), Frieser (Schmidt).

Unused: Collins, Miller, Adeboyejo, Woodrow.

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