Reds v Notts County
Tuesday 21st October, 2014
The Reds will face one of League One’s most in-form sides on Tuesday night as they meet Notts County for the first time in over a decade.
Shaun Derry’s side moved into the play-off places on Saturday afternoon following their 5-3 victory against Crawley Town which extended the Magpies’ unbeaten league run to seven matches.
Part of that success has been down to their away form, having not tasted defeat on the road in League One all season, including credible draws at both Preston and Peterborough.
If Danny Wilson’s side are to bring a halt to the Magpies fine form, they will have to improve on their recent record at Oakwell, winning just twice in front of their home faithful this season.
Victory against local rivals Bradford in the Tykes last home outing was a welcome relief however and despite suffering defeat at Peterborough on Saturday, Barnsley will be looking to pick up their third win in four games on Tuesday evening.
That improvement in results has seen Wilson’s outfit climb slowly away from the League One trapdoor and with two home games in five days this week, the Reds will be looking to draw on inspiration from their success against Bradford to turn Oakwell into a fortress.
Clashes between the Reds and the Magpies have been non-existent in recent years, with the last meeting coming all the way back in 2004.
Kevin Betsy’s late penalty rescued a point for the Tykes on that occasion at Meadow Lane, with the return clash at Oakwell also ending in a 1-1 draw after Paul Heffernan struck in the dying moments to cancel out Dean Gorre’s opener for the Reds.
Barnsley did secure a Football League Trophy win in the same 2003-04 campaign as they defeated Notts on penalties but you have to go back 19 years for the Reds last league victory against the Magpies as they secured a 3-1 away triumph, with goals from Brendan O’Connell, Andy Liddell and Danny Wilson.
Four years prior to that, Barnsley picked up their last home triumph against the Magpies with four of the last five meetings at Oakwell ending in draws and one Notts County success in April 1994.
The Reds will be without midfielder James Bailey who serves a one-match ban after being dismissed against Peterborough.
Winger Dale Jennings featured for the reserves against Swansea this afternoon and might be involved in Wilson’s squad following an ankle knock.
Magpies boss Derry will have to decide whether to stick with the same side which put five past Crawley on Saturday, or to rotate his team with three games in seven days this week.
If the former Leeds midfielder does opt to make changes both Alan Smith and full-back Blair Adams are pushing for recalls after being left out at the weekend, while on-loan QPR winger Michael Petrasso will be hoping to make his full debut following a 16-minute run out in Saturday’s win.
Three former Barnsley players will return to Oakwell on Tuesday night as Nicky Wroe, Gary Jones and Danny Haynes look to pose problems for their former employers.
Midfielder Wroe came through the youth ranks at Barnsley and joined Notts County from Preston in June, where he teamed up with Jones, who made 56 league appearances for the Tykes during a three year stay at Oakwell between 2001 and 2004.
Striker Haynes is in his second season with the Magpies having signed from Charlton in 2013, for whom he scored nine times after moving from Barnsley in January 2012 following just 24 league starts for the Reds.
Man in the Middle
Sebastian Stockbridge takes charge of his first Barnsley game since the Reds 2-2 home draw against Blackburn Rovers back in January. Stockbridge brandished two yellow cards and awarded the Tykes a 69th minute penalty which was duly dispatched by Chris O’Grady to earn Wilson’s side a point.
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge. (Picture: Action Images)
The meeting with Notts County will be only the Tyne-based referee’s second involvement with Barnsley but he has been a regular figure in the Football League over the past two campaigns, dishing out 30 yellow cards in nine games this term.
Last season the official was in charge of 24 matches, handing out 83 yellows and seven reds, one of which was shown to Notts County’s Jimmy Spencer in the Magpies home loss to Shrewsbury.
Their Star Man
In August Notts County completed one of the deals of the summer as they clinched the signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll.
Notts County 'keeper, Roy Carroll. (Picture: Action Images).
The former Northern Ireland international has been in inspired form for the Magpies this season, keeping five clean sheets in the Club’s 12 League One games, including one against free scoring Peterborough and an 80th minute penalty save in their recent 1-0 home success against Gillingham.
The 37-year-old was released by Greek champions Olympiakos at the end of last season after falling down the pecking order at the Karaiskakis Stadium but the much travelled shot stopper has been an ever present at Meadow Lane this season, with his wealth of experience invaluable to the Magpies defence and their up-and-coming ‘keepers.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s blistering pace and attacking flair will always be fondly remembered at Oakwell.
Campbell-Ryce celebrates scoring the winner over Sheffield Wednesday in 2008. (Picture: Action Images)
The Jamaican winger completed a move from Southend to South Yorkshire on transfer deadline day in August 2007 for an undisclosed fee, making his Barnsley debut in a 2-0 home win against Scunthorpe.
The former Rotherham man went onto make 100 appearances for the Reds, netting his first of 13 goals for the Club in a 2-2 draw with Southampton in what was his 19th appearance. Despite becoming a firm fan’s favourite Campbell-Ryce departed Oakwell in January 2010 for divisional rivals Bristol City, who sat just five points ahead of the Tykes.
Following a two-year stint in South West England, Campbell-Ryce opted to join Tuesday night’s opponents Notts County amidst a flurry of interest in his services. Keith Curle’s enthusiasm and man management skills swayed the Jamaican’s decision, who scored on his maiden Magpies outing in a 2-2 draw at Oldham.
The 31-year-old found the back of the net 11 times in a Notts County shirt, but after featuring in 79 games for the Nottingham-based side, he turned down a new deal with the Club in May and instead agreed a contract with Sheffield United to return to Yorkshire.
The Reds 2007-08 FA Cup run will never be forgotten but the Club’s historic win at Anfield might never have been, if Campbell-Ryce had not scored the only goal as Barnsley defeated his former side Southend in the fourth round of the competition back in January 2008.
It was one of just four goals the Jamaican international scored in his first campaign at Oakwell, but it was a different story in the 2008-09 season as he notched nine times including winners in both meetings with Sheffield Wednesday which secured a first double against the Owls in over 63 years for the Tykes.