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PREVIEW: Cardiff City Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds against the Bluebirds

6 December 2019

The Reds are leaving the country this weekend as we make the long journey to Wales to take on Cardiff City - here is the preview!

It's been a positive week for Barnsley following last weekend's victory against Hull City, with Head Coach, Gerhard Struber getting his first full week's worth of training since arriving at the club. 

That success at Oakwell over the Tigers was the Reds' first victory since the opening day of the season, ending one of the club's longest winless runs in its history. 

Chaps

In Struber's first game on home soil, Barnsley were good value for the win. After promising performances in his first two outings as Head Coach that failed to deliver on the promise they showed, against Hull, the Reds were ruthless in front of goal and limited their in-form opponents to just a couple of clear chances.

Ahead of the 215-mile trip to the Welsh capital, both Struber and his in-form forward Conor Chaplin spoke with the media to preview the Bluebirds clash and their pre-match press conference videos can be watched by clicking on the linked videos below.

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"I’ve watched their last three games and they were very good. League position isn’t forced because you are where you are, but they have got a new manager in and are a dangerous side."

The words of Neil Harris. The former Millwall boss was appointed the manager of Cardiff City in mid-November following the departure of Neil Warnock. 

Harris

In three matches so far he's led the Bluebirds to a 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic and then two 1-0 wins over Stoke City and Nottingham Forest. So it's been a promising start for the former Lions boss. 

Despite the fundamental role of the wingers within the Bluebird’s line-up, fellow attacker, Lee Tomlin has been given the free role to operate as the central attacking midfielder just behind the lone striker and has been the standout figure for Cardiff so far this season.

Cardiff

This isn't a fixture that's been kind to the Reds throughout history. 

There have been 51 fixtures between the two clubs since 1921 and Saturday's hosts have won 25 of them to the Reds' 14. 

However, you only need to rewind back to 2016 for our last victory in Cardiff. That was also a December fixture and saw us emerge victorious in a 4-3 thriller, thanks to a last-gasp Ryan Williams winner. 

2016

We have sold 530 tickets for this match which is incredible backing and we can also confirm that there will be pay-on-the-day available from Cardiff. 

Tickets are to be bought from the away ticket office at Gate 12 and it's cash only. 

Please note that from the start of this season Cardiff City Stadium has gone cashless at the catering kiosks in the stadium. 


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