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Match Previews

BIRMINGHAM CITY PREVIEW

19 January 2022

All the relevant pre-match reading ahead of Saturday's latest Sky Bet Championship outing for Barnsley - a visit to the second city to take on Blues.

We have typed up match previews already this year, only to see fixtures fall by the wayside owing to the rising COVID19 cases throughout the EFL with the emergence of the Omicron variant. 

But here we are again. Fingers crossed this one isn't consigned to the digital trash bin with the rest of them. 

This coming Saturday, the Reds head a couple of hours down the road to take on Birmingham City in a 3pm kick-off. It will be our first league action of 2022, some 24 days after our last Sky Bet Championship encounter - a 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers.

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We remain on the hunt for a first league victory under head coach, Poya Asbaghi. The Swede managed success in what has been our only outing of the new year; a crazy 5-4 Emirates FA Cup win over Barrow at Oakwell a couple of weeks ago now. 

But that search for league wins needs to end, and soon. A point we've laboured on this page. Because - with 22 games remaining - the gap to safety is only going to grow. It's already stretched out to eight points, with Barnsley even slipping to the very foot of the table last weekend, finally overtaken by a club who've had 21 points deducted. 

Asbaghi's men couldn't have asked for a more ideal opponent, next up. In Birmingham City we are taking on a side who are in horrendous form. Blues have won just once - back in November - in their last 10 outings.

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They were well-beaten in midweek, going down 6-2 away from home at league leaders, Fulham. Their poor run has seen them drop down to 18th, and in any other season, they'd probably be in the mire that is a relegation battle. Sadly, the points totals of ourselves and others are so low, they are nine points above the side in 22nd, Peterborough United.

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POYA PRE-BLUES

21 January 2022

In terms of the type of opposition we are set to face, you could argue they're the opposite to Barnsley, in that they're a team full of experienced players. Whether it's defenders like Marc Roberts, Harlee Dean and George Friend, or in midfield with the likes of Gary Gardner and Ryan Woods, Blues have know-how galore. 

It's even more evident in their forward line which consists of Scott Hogan, Lukas Jutkiewicz and the evergreen Troy Deeney. Not that their boss, Lee Bowyer doesn't have some youthful talent at his disposal. But the loss through injury to on-loan star Tahith Chong in November has certainly impacted City. 

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They added Cuban forward Onel Hernández earlier this month in an effort to add more flair from wide positions, with the former Norwich City man joining on-loan from Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

The Reds themselves are yet to add to their ranks during the January window, and it's anyone's guess as to who will be available for selection following the COVID outbreak and lingering injury issues.

One man who definitely won't be seen in a Reds shirt in the near future is captain, Cauley Woodrow, following knee surgery. The top goalscorer, he looks likely to miss the next couple of months, a real blow to Asbaghi's plans.

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We've already met Blues at Oakwell earlier in the season, when a Callum Styles rocket was pegged back by a Jutkiewicz leveller before half-time in a 1-1 draw.

In terms of St. Andrew's clashes, we've got a fairly impressive record there, and won there last season when Woodrow and Styles were on target for a 2-1 victory.

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COLLINS PRE-BIRMINGHAM

21 January 2022

There were big wins in 2016 when under Paul Heckingbottom we turned Blues over 3-0, whilst a few years earlier we smashed the hosts 5-0 when Craig Davies ran riot, scoring four times. 

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And most famously, back in 2000 we won there 4-0 in a play-off semi-final first leg, taking a giant leap to our first ever Wembley appearance.

The man in the middle this weekend is Tony Harrington. It's the Cleveland referee's first Reds game this season. 

His last Barnsley match? Last season's win at St. Andrew's.

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In terms of domestic streaming, a reminder that the EFL returned to the position held pre-pandemic, where any games kicking off between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturday afternoons are prohibited. 

However, supporters in the UK are able to buy audio passes via iFollow Barnsley. 

For further information on iFollow for this season, and how to activate seasonal subscriptions, please click the link below. 

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Match Reports

REDS LOSE AT BIRMINGHAM

22 January 2022

It was another disappointing result for Barnsley, beaten at St. Andrew's by Lee Bowyer's Birmingham City side.

Despite a late Victor Adeboyejo consolation goal, Barnsley were seen off for a 15th time in the league this season, thanks to Onel Hernández and Scott Hogan goals for the hosts.

Playing their first league fixture of 2022, the Reds - in all white - started well in the second city, and were arguably the more dominant side in the first half, but their profligacy in front of goal continued to be an issue, and once the home side took an undeserved lead, it was an uphill battle for Barnsley.

Both Adeboyejo and Callum Styles tested Blues 'keeper Neil Eitheridge inside the opening quarter, who was in good form to deny the Reds, particularly in the case of Victor's strike, that was superbly tipped over the crossbar from close-range.

The 'keeper wasn't as confident when Carlton Morris fired in a low effort, as the Reds broke on their hosts at pace. The big man's effort was fumbled by Etheridge, but former Barnsley man Marc Roberts hacked the ball away to avert the danger.

But, and we've seen the same pattern on many occasions this season, the Reds were made to pay for their lack of goals when Hernández was played in by Blues' captain, Lukas Jutkiewicz who had dragged both central defenders out of position. The Cuban, on-loan from Middlesbrough, easily sped clear of the trailing Jordan Williams, took the ball into the box on the angle before curling in expertly, with his right boot, beyond Brad Collins for 1-0.

HALF-TIME: Birmingham City 1-0 Barnsley

Things went from bad to worse soon after the interval. A nothing corner into the six yard box was missed by Collins, and his defenders, leaving Hogan to stab into the unguarded net and double the Blues' lead.

There were brief 'moments' for a demoralised Reds side, but Styles and Aaron Leya Iseka stumbled when presented with good openings and then Michał Helik saw his acrobatic volley come back off the post. 

Blues were looking to see the game out in the latter stages, but Adeboyejo gave Reds fans brief hope when he drilled home with precision on his left foot, inside a crowded penalty area, but despite seven minutes of additional time, Barnsley couldn't fashion a leveller, and the wait for a league victory under Poya Asbaghi goes on.

FULL-TIME: Birmingham City 2-1 Barnsley

Collins, Williams, Andersen, Helik, Kitching, Gomes, Palmer (Moon), Styles (Thompson), Leya Iseka (Cole), Adeboyejo, Morris.

Unused: Walton, Sraha, Hondermarck, Marsh.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | BIRMINGHAM CITY (A)

7 January 2022

The Reds take on Blues in a fortnight's time in Sky Bet Championship action.

We have received an initial allocation of 1,500 tickets in the Gil Merrick Stand for ourupcoming fixture at St. Andrew's on Saturday 22 January, kick-off 3pm. A further allocation is available upon request.

Tickets are available to purchase on general sale from Friday 7 January.

Fixture News

OAKWELL TICKETS

29 December 2021

Prices
Adult: £25
Senior Over 65: £20
Young Adult (19-24 years): £20
Juvenile Under 19: £15
Juvenile Under 13: £10

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay their relevant age-related category with an assistant’s ticket being free of charge if required.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 11.30am priced at £20 per seat. Strictly no alcohol is permitted. Juveniles Under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18+. *Please read the additional information from Wilfreda Beehive below.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Wednesday 19 January. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office until 12 noon on Friday 21 January, subject to availability.

ONLINE BOX OFFICE

If you are purchasing away game and cup tickets for other people, we strongly advise you to correctly assign the ticket to each individual for every game. This will enable us to offer the correct privileges to supporters on occasions when tickets are on restricted sales in a category system. 

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT TICKET STUBS WHEN TICKETS ARE ON RESTRICTED SALE. ONLY TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AND CORRECTLY ASSIGNED WILL COUNT TOWARDS ANY REQUESTED QUALIFYING CRITERIA

*Coach Regulations

All travellers will be temperature checked before entering the vehicle. Anyone with a temperature higher that 37.5 will not be allowed to travel
The hand sanitiser provided must be used on entering the vehicle
Face masks will need to be worn while travelling unless medically exempt
The seat directly behind the driver must not be used
Anyone feeling unwell should not travel
Passengers must remove their own rubbish
Passengers should not eat on the vehicle unless they have to for medical reasons
The toilet should only be used in an emergency
Passengers should load from the back to the front and disembark from the front to the rear

 

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