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Burton Albion v Reds: Match Preview

14 April 2016

Barnsley will continue their push towards the play-off places when they travel to Burton Albion this weekend.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 home success against Oldham made it three wins from their last five for the Reds, which leaves them sitting three points outside the top six.

That victory against the Latics also ended the Club’s three match winless run at Oakwell but despite that, Paul Heckingbottom’s men have continued to thrive on the road; winning their last four on the bounce.

Hosts Burton may sit five places above the Reds in second spot but the Brewers have experienced a dip in form of late.

Nigel Clough’s side have won just two of their last eight matches and are without a win in their last four outings.

Despite that, the promotion-chasers remain six points clear of third placed Walsall and are unbeaten in their last six matches at the Pirelli Stadium; drawing three and winning three.

Previous Meetings

Barnsley will look to continue their 100% record in this fixture when they travel to the Pirelli Stadium for the first time on Saturday.

The Reds and the Brewers have only met on two previous occasions, with the first of those coming last season.

Back in November 2014, a hat-trick from former Burton forward Sam Winnall helped the Reds on their way to a 5-0 FA Cup success against the Staffordshire-based outfit at Oakwell.

The Tykes followed up that victory with another home win against promotion-chasers Burton in August, when a Connor Hourihane penalty was enough to earn Barnsley a first ever League triumph against the Brewers.

Team News

Barnsley will be without full-back James Bree for the trip to Burton Albion this weekend.

The young defender continues to suffer from a hamstring problem and could be replaced by George Williams at the Pirelli Stadium.

Elsewhere, Adam Hammill should be fit despite suffering cramp in his groin on Tuesday night, while Ashley Fletcher will be pushing for a recall after dropping to the bench in midweek against Oldham.

Hosts Burton will have teenage midfielder Hamza Choudhury available again after the on-loan Leicester City man served a one-match ban last weekend.

Despite that, the Brewers may opt to select an unchanged line-up against the Reds which would mean another start for Phil Edwards, who has continued to play during a virus which has required antibiotics. 

Man in the Middle

Andy Davies will take charge of just his second ever Barnsley game on Saturday. The Hampshire-based official’s only other meeting with the Reds came in August 2014 as he ran the rule over the Tykes’ 2-1 success at Crewe in which Leroy Lita and Martin Cranie netted.

Davies – who is in his fourth season as a Football League referee – also has a brief history with Saturday’s hosts Burton; taking charge of just two Brewers games in the past. The first of those came in December 2012 when he watched over Burton’s 3-2 loss at Barnet, while their most recent meeting with the official also ended in defeat, as they went down 3-0 at AFC Wimbledon in September 2014.

Despite not brandishing any cards in that game, Davies has shown 123 yellow cards and five reds so far this term in 33 games.

Their Star Man

In July Burton completed the loan signing of Birmingham City winger Mark Duffy as they stepped up their preparations for a first ever campaign in League One. Despite only making seven appearances for the Blues since joining them in July 2014, the winger arrived at the Pirelli Stadium with a wealth of Football League experience following spells with Morecambe, Scunthorpe and Doncaster prior to his move to the Midlands.

The Liverpool-born wide man also spent a month of last season on loan at Chesterfield but it was against another of his former employers that Duffy made his Burton debut; playing 81 minutes of the Club’s 2-1 home win against Scunthorpe. Despite then seeing his first away outing for the Brewers end in a 1-0 defeat at Barnsley, Burton bounced back with three straight wins which included a 1-0 success at Shrewsbury courtesy of Duffy’s last gasp winner.

Since opening his account for the Staffordshire-based outfit, the 30-year-old has gone onto find the back of the net eight times in total which is a career high for the former non-league player. Three of those eight goals have come in the tricky attacker’s last six games, including a brace against Fleetwood and Burton’s third in their 4-0 success at Port Vale last month.

It is not just goals that Duffy has contributed this term however with the Liverpudlian also providing six assists, and with the ex-Liverpool youth player hungry for even more as Burton continue their push for promotion, the Barnsley defence will have to be on their toes come Saturday afternoon.

Mutual Man

Versatile winger Simon Whaley is a player who once lit up the Championship following his switch from Bury to Preston North End in January 2006. Three goals in five games helped his new Club cement a play-off place at the end of the 2005-06 campaign and despite losing out in the semi-finals, he continued his form into the next season with another three goals in Preston’s opening six matches.

Whaley ended that campaign with seven strikes and despite being a regular once again in the following 2007-08 season, the Bolton-born midfielder fell out of favour with boss Alan Irvine and in November 2008 he joined Barnsley on loan.

The pacey winger made his Reds debut in a heated derby defeat against South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United but despite that baptism of fire, Whaley then scored the Club’s second in their 3-2 home win against Burnley in what was the former Southport man’s second appearance.

Unfortunately for Whaley that would be the only success that he would experience in a Reds shirt, with defeats against Nottingham Forest and Reading to come before he returned to parent Club Preston. 

At the end of that 2008-09 campaign, the attacker completed a switch to Norwich City where he spent only seven months which included loan moves to Rochdale and Bradford before he was released.

Following that ill-fated spell in Norfolk, Whaley had brief spells with Chesterfield and Doncaster ahead of a move to join Saturday’s hosts Burton in March 2011.

The ex-Tyke made his Brewers bow in a 4-1 loss at Crewe but despite that his home debut would end in more joy, with a 3-1 success against Lincoln which included a brace from Sam Winnall. Just a week later and Whaley made his first start for Burton in a 3-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley but that outing proved to be his final appearance for the Club and after a brief stint back in non-league with Chorley, the midfielder announced his retirement from playing in December 2011 due to injury.

Form Guide

Burton’s last five at home: (WDWDD)

Burton Albion 1-0 Chesterfield

Burton Albion 0-0 Walsall

Burton Albion 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Burton Albion 0-0 Oldham Athletic

Burton Albion 1-1 Bury


Barnsley’s last five away from home: (DWWWW)


Bury 0-0 Barnsley

Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Barnsley

Walsall 1-3 Barnsley

Fleetwood Town 0-2 Barnsley

Port Vale 0-1 Barnsley


Going to the match?

Burton Albion plays at the Pirelli Stadium, its address is as follows: 

The Pirelli Stadium

Princess Way

Burton upon Trent

DE13 0AR


How to get there

By Car

From the M1 (Junction 24) via the A50

Exit the M1 at Junction 24 and follow the signs for the A50 (Stoke and Uttoxeter). Keep on this road, heading west until you reach the Toyota Island and the junction with the A38. Head south on the A38 (Burton and Birmingham) until you reach the first Burton turn off. Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 


From A38 North (Derby) and M1 North (Junction 28)

Exit the A38 at the first turning for Burton (North). Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 


From A38 South (Lichfield, Birmingham)

Take the second exit for Burton (North). Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 


From M1 South (Jct 22) -A511 

From the M1, exit at Junction 22 (signposted Coalville, Ashby, Burton) and stay on the A511 You stay on this road for approximately 17 miles, by-passing Coalville and going through Ashby-De-La-Zouch, then Woodville and Midway (This area is littered with speed cameras - so beware!) When you enter Burton, get into the right hand lane at the bottom of Ashby Road (A511) going straight over the traffic lights and across the Trent Bridge. Staying in the right hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street, straight on again at the next lights (next to the newly built Magistrates Courts), then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge, once over the Railway Bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 


From M42 Jct. 11 (West Mids) & M5 (South West) -A444 

Leave the M 42 at its last exit Junction 11 (Just past Tamworth) and go onto the A444 signposted Burton. Stay on the A444 all the way to Burton, going through Overseal and Castle Gresley on the way. On entering Burton, go past the Black Horse and Copper Hearth pubs, straight across the mini-roundabout and you will come to a roundabout with St Peters Bridge in front of you. Turn right at the roundabout into Stapenhill Road (A444), which runs parallel to the River Trent, and then turn left at the traffic lights onto the Trent Bridge. Get into the right hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street, straight on again at the next lights (next to the newly built Magistrates Courts), then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge, once over the Railway Bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 


From M6 North Jct. 15 (A50 Uttoxeter, Stoke-On-Trent) -A511

Leave the Motorway at Junction 15, (Stoke-On-Trent South) and follow the signs for Uttoxeter (A50). Stay on this road ignoring the first sign for Burton and continuing along the A50 until you reach the Toyota Island. Come off the A50 here and follow signs for A38 (south). Travel on this road until you reach the first exit for Burton on Trent. Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road, passing McDonald's and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP Garage and Cash & Carry on your left until you reach a roundabout. Turn right at this roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 


Parking



Car parking is available at the Pirelli Stadium for 400 vehicles. Overflow car parking is located at the nearby Rykneld Trading Estate (first exit at the roundabout before turning right into Princess Way). The Pirelli Stadium is located opposite the old Eton Park Ground.  

By Train


Burton Railway Station is situated half a mile West of the Town Centre, past the Breweries on Station Street, on Borough Road. Trains run regularly to and from Derby and Nottingham to the North, and Birmingham to the South. It's a good twenty-five minute walk to the Pirelli Stadium from the Station. Out of the station turn left, then next right into Derby Street. Keep going on this road about 1½ miles, straight across the first roundabout by the Derby Turn, then immediately left at the next roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right. 


By Bus from the Railway Station


The Trent Barton V1 and V2 bus service runs every half an hour from directly outside the railway station to the Pirelli Stadium.


Ticket Information - this game is ALL TICKET.

Tickets are priced as follows:


£17Adult Standing: 

£15Over 65 Standing: 

£15 (proof of ID must be shown at the turnstile)Young Adult 17-22 Standing: 

£5Juvenile Under 17 Standing: 


 now closed. Tickets will remain on sale from the Reds Superstore/Box Office until 4pm Friday 15th April, subject to availability.fixture areOnline sales for this 


.£16 per seatThe Official Club Coaches depart Oakwell at 12 noon on the day of the game and tickets are priced at 



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