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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Southend United

2 November 2018

We're back at Oakwell once again this weekend as the Reds welcome the Blues in Sky Bet League One action, and we've got you covered with our big match preview.

Following last weekend's 1-0 home victory over Bristol Rovers, which got the Reds back on track, Reds' Head Coach, Daniel Stendel will be looking for his side to back up that victory when Chris Powell arrives on Grove Street with his mid-table Southend side on Saturday 3rd November for a 3pm kick off. 

Mowatt

A terrific Alex Mowatt strike early in the first half against The Gas last time out sent the Oakwell faithful home happy with three points and a timely clean sheet.

Confidence and spirits remain high in the Reds camp and Assistant Head Coach, Andreas Winkler discussed the mood in the changing room whilst looking ahead to Saturday's clash with the Shrimpers when he addressed the media during midweek.

With the likes of Cauley Woodrow, Zeki Fryers and Lloyd Isgrove getting more time in on the training ground, that offers the coaching staff extra options as we approach a busy and intensive period with fixtures coming thick and fast.

Not only does their respective returns add to competition, Stendel has the likes of Jacob Brown pushing for a regular starting place. 

The young forward also met with the press during the week and gave an insight into life working under the coaching staff as well as explaining where he feels he needs to improve if he's to keep getting an opportunity.

Our visitors this coming weekend will be facing the Reds off the back of a 3-0 away defeat at high-flying Sunderland and a clutch of serious injury setbacks that dealt Powell a real blow. 

The likes of seven-goal striker Tom Hopper, experienced full-back Ben Coker and defender Harry Lennon have all suffered injuries that see them set to miss the rest of the 2018/19 season.

However, up until that loss on Wearside, the Blues had won their previous three away fixtures and have actually won as many games on the road as the Reds (4). 

Dru Yearwood

One player who should be available for selection this weekend for Southend is highly-rated midfielder, Dru Yearwood. 

Born in Harlow, the youngster made his debut for the Shrimpers last year at just 17 and has become a permanent fixture in Chris Powell's first team squad.

With his name brought up in conversations relating to potential transfer moves, Southend know they'll have a fight on their hands in trying to keep hold of his services. 

Chris Powell

Former Shrimpers left back, Chris Powell is the man in the dugout for today‚Äôs opposition. The ex-England international made 248 appearances as a player between 1990 and 1996, before departing the club for Premier League outfit Derby County.  

Powell retired in 2010 and stepped in to management with his first full time position coming at another former club in Charlton. He has also managed Huddersfield Town and been in caretaker charge of both Leicester City and Derby County. 

On the 23rd of January this year, Powell signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to become Southend boss and got off to a fantastic start by winning his first three games. Now in his first full season in charge, the popular coach will be hoping he can push his side up the table and challenge for promotion. 

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