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STOKE CITY PREVIEW

13 September 2021

Everything you need to know about our away clash on Wednesday night, as we take on the Potters in Sky Bet Championship action!

The Reds make the 80-mile trip south west on Wednesday evening for a 7.45pm clash with high-flying Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship.

It offers a swift opportunity to make amends for the disappointing display in Dorset at the weekend, where Barnsley were put to the sword by AFC Bournemouth.

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A game in which the Reds failed to test the opposition goalkeeper at the Vitality Stadium ended in a 3-0 defeat that could and perhaps should have been much worse.

It left Markus Schopp's side on six points after as many games; just the solitary victory to show for their efforts so far in 21/22.

The boss - already without the services of all of Jordan Williams, Rémy Vita, Liam Kitching, Mads Andersen, Josh Benson, Obbi Oularé and Carlton Morris - saw Ben Williams fall victim to another injury, as the Welsh full-back was cynically taken out by the Cherries in the opening quarter of the game.

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With none of the above likely to feature in Stoke during midweek, the Austrian coach will have to again pick from a limited pool of players for the visit to the bet365 Stadium. But he will certainly be expecting a much better performance from his side on Wednesday night.

You have to go back to April's 1-0 success at near-neighbours Huddersfield Town for our last win on our travels, although Saturday's reverse in Bournemouth was our first defeat on the road this season, having previously picked up points at both Cardiff City and QPR.

And the Reds have failed to win on their last three visits to the Potteries. Our last victory at this venue was also a 1-0 win, back in 2007 when Istvan Ferenczi scored the only goal of the game.

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The Potters are in very good form at the start of this new campaign, in third place, with four wins, a draw and just the one defeat so far in 21/22. Still led by former Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, they've won five out of five at home so far, including two Carabao Cup victories. 

O'Neill made a pair of astute-looking additions to his squad in the summer when he welcomed young Bournemouth forward Sam Surridge to the club and the gifted midfielder Mario Vrancic who left newly-promoted Premier League outft Norwich City. 

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But it's been former Reds forward Jacob Brown who has caught the eye so far this season. The 23-year-old left Oakwell in the summer of 2020 and endured a tough first season at the bet365, whilst Barnsley made the play-offs. But he's been in sparkling form for Stoke this term, with a couple of goals and assists in their impressive start to the new campaign.

Midlands-based referee Leigh Doughty takes charge of the game on Wednesday. The 31-year-old last took control of a Reds fixture in February of this year as we saw off Millwall 2-1 at Oakwell.

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With the fixture being broadcast by Sky Sports, there are no video passes via iFollow Barnsley. 

But audio commentary is available with Matt Bailey and Callum Cooper on the mic from 7.35pm.

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 CLAIM HARD-FOUGHT POINT IN STOKE BATTLE

15 September 2021

Barnsley took a share of the points after a 1-1 draw with Stoke City tonight.

Some outstanding goalkeeping from Brad Collins and a spectacular Cauley Woodrow free-kick saw the Reds pick up a well-earned point on their trip to the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke had been in top form, losing just one of their first six matches of the new season, that loss coming to fellow play-off sitters Fulham just before the international break, and despite Barnsley looking the most likely to go ahead here in the early stages, it was the hosts who opened the scoring.

Shortly after a powerful Woodrow shot had tested Joe Bursik in the Potters goal, O'Neill's men went up the other end and with their first real attack, took an early lead.

It came just after the quarter-hour mark when a Tommy Smith low cross across the box wasn't cleared by the Reds backline and summer signing Sam Surridge calmly slotted it home from six yards.

Barnsley needed a bit of magic and seven minutes before half-time, Woodrow was that magician with a wondrous free-kick from all of 25 yards, leaving the Stoke keeper grasping at thin air as the ball curled into the top left corner.

In additional time at the end of the opening 45, Surridge found himself one-on-one with Collins inside the box, but fell to the ground under no contact from the out-rushing 'keeper. The referee, Leigh Doughty decided there had been a foul and pointed to the spot, booking Brad in the aftermath as well as the protesting Michał Helik.

Our goalkeeper shut out the noise, and with the last action of the half, he tipped Mario Vrancic’s penalty onto the bar as the Bosnian international tried to hit it straight down the middle. Justice had been done.

HALF-TIME: Stoke City 1-1 Reds

The Reds clearly had the better team talk as they were fast out of the gates in the second half with bright football, as substitutes Victor Adeboyejo and Claudio Gomes entered the fray.

But Stoke continued to be a nuisance in the final third with two quick corners, one leading to a Vrancic cross finding Surridge unmarked at the back post, but a great save kept the scores level.

Another incredible save from Collins came soon after with a reaction stop to deny Vrancic from getting on the scoresheet with a free header. 

There were nearly moments for the Reds at the other end, as Woodrow saw a deflected free-kick turned behind by Bursik, Brittain fired wide from the edge of the box before he sent in a delightful cross that somehow Adeboyejo bundled wide from a yard out.

But it was Collins again to the rescue, pulling off another out-of-this-world save to deny Surridge from three yards out.

Stoke had to see the game out with ten men when Tommy Smith was shown red with six minutes remaining after a heavy tackle on Gomes, before emotions got the better of staff and players alike in the Barnsley technical area with referee Doughty sending off two of Stoke's coaching staff and the Reds' assistant coach Jo Laumann. 

Nevertheless, a battling performance saw the Reds head back to Oakwell with a valuable point.

FULL-TIME: Stoke City 1-1 Reds

Collins, Sibbick (Hondermarck), Halme, Helik, Moon, Styles, Brittain, Palmer (Gomes), Leya Iseka (Adeboyejo), Woodrow, Frieser.

Unused: Walton, Sraha, Cole.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | STOKE CITY (A)

30 August 2021

The Reds travel to the bet365 Stadium for a midweek clash with the Potters next month.

We have received an initial allocation of 1,011 tickets in The Caldwell Construction Stand for our upcoming away fixture at Stoke City on Wednesday 15 September, kick-off 7.45pm. A further allocation could be made available upon request.

Tickets on general sale from 9am Wednesday 1 September. 

Prices
Adult: £25
Senior Over 65: £19
Juvenile Under 18: £15
Juvenile Under 11: £12

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay their relevant age-related category with an assistant’s ticket being free of charge if required for those in receipt of DLA for middle to high rate of care or mobility or the PIP standard or enhanced rate. 

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 4.30pm 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 Sunday 12  September. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office until 12 noon on Wednesday 15 September, subject to availability. 

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 
Please be reminded that tickets for our next match, away at AFC Bournemouth on September 11 remain on sale to Reds Reserved seasonal members, and go on general sale this Wednesday.

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