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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Coventry City

29 March 2019

The Reds welcome the Sky Blues to Oakwell on Saturday 30th March for a 3pm kick-off in Sky Bet League One and we've got it covered with our big match preview.

After last weekend's dramatic victory in Walsall, it's a return to home comforts for Daniel Stendel's high-flying Reds. 

The visitors to Oakwell on Saturday afternoon are playoff-chasing Coventry City, led by former Reds manager Mark Robins.

That success in the West Midlands last time out was secured in the 92nd minute with the returning Jacob Brown firing home at the second attempt to send Barnsley four points clear of third place Portsmouth.

Reds celebrate

Despite a few knocks picked up in a highly-competitive clash, there are no new injury concerns for Stendel to deal with. In fact, the Reds' Head Coach has been boosted by the return to training of left-back Dani Pinillos who has sat out the last two fixtures owing to an eye problem. 

Also back in contention are Welsh duo Adam Davies and Ryan Hedges who returned from international duty with caps to their name and unscathed, much to the Reds' relief.

The three-point haul at the Banks's Stadium extended the run without defeats to 19 league matches, and the clean sheet achieved was the seventh in succession.

If the Reds earn another shut-out this weekend, they will equal a club record of eight consecutive games without conceding, a record set way back in 1955.

Stendel's Reds have now recorded 20 league clean sheets this season, which equalled another club record set by Bobby Collins' 1984/85 squad. 

Robins' side come into this weekend's fixture sitting 9th in the Sky Bet League One table. They lost against struggling Oxford United last weekend but have won three of their last six games, including an impressive away victory over Peterborough United in their last outing on-the-road. 

Robins and Stendel

The former Reds supremo is enjoying his second stint as Sky Blues manager. Returning to Coventry in March of 2017, he won the Football League Trophy a month later and last season led the club to their first promotion in 51 years with their playoff final victory over Exeter City at Wembley.

Speaking ahead of the fixture, the Sky Blues' boss had this to say when speaking to the official Coventry City website.

“They are a really good side and I think they are probably one of the best sides we have played this season, clearly, they are in second place and unbeaten in 19 games.

“So, clearly, they are doing something right.

"We have a young squad that are still learning, tomorrow is a test and a good game, but I want it to be an examination of the Barnsley team as well, then it will make for a good afternoon.”

Included in the Coventry squad are likely to be exciting loan-talents, Luke Thomas and Bright Enobhakare. The former is a highly-rated winger from Derby County and has made a real impact at the Ricoh this season, whilst Enobhakare is on-loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, having arrived in January and added to Robins' attacking options.

Ahead of the weekend, both Assistant Coach Dale Tonge and midfield maestro Cameron McGeehan spoke with the press at Oakwell and both of their pre-match press conference videos are available over on iFollow Barnsley.

Barnsley have lost just five of their 39 league fixtures so far this season and the first of them was at the Ricoh against Coventry, as a late Jordan Willis header settled an end-to-end contest that was high on entertainment.

But whilst the Reds' record away in Coventry is horrific, no matter the season, it's a much better record at Oakwell where Barnsley have run out winners in the last four home league meetings. 

The first ever clash between the clubs was an Oakwell victory for the Reds, right back in 1920 when we ran out 2-0 winners in a Division Two game.

It's the 61st meeting tomorrow and Coventry have the upper hand historically with 29 victories to the Reds' 18. 


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