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BLACKBURN ROVERS PREVIEW

16 February 2021

The action doesn't stop for the Reds as we're back on home soil for a midweek clash with our friends from across the Pennines.

On Wednesday 17 February we welcome Blackburn Rovers under the Oakwell lights in a 7.45pm kick-off as our Sky Bet Championship campaign continues at a pace. 

Unbeaten in their last three league outings, Barnsley are hoping to keep building momentum following some impressive showings in recent weeks; displays that weren't quite rewarded in terms of results. 

But the Reds come into this clash in great mood having travelled to high-flying Brentford on Sunday and comfortably swept aside the division's form-team who were beaten for the first time since October in the second tier. 

That road-win against one of the league's fancied outfits coupled with the outstanding performance against Chelsea a few days prior will have certainly eased any fears of a poor second half to the season, with Head Coach, Valérien Ismaël convinced the great work done in the last three months sees his side set fair to compete with anyone in the division.

 

Goals from forwards Conor Chaplin (his first in 99 days) and Carlton Morris (his first for the club) will have been pleasing for the gaffer also, coming away from Brentford with that 2-0 victory. The Reds now have a much deeper pool in which to dip into in terms of squad options. 

The imminent return of defender Aapo Halme should only strengthen Ismaël's hand too as we navigate our way through a very congested few weeks of fixtures. 

On Wednesday evening then, Barnsley go head-to-head with Tony Mowbray's exciting Blackburn Rovers team who are three places above the Reds who are now 12th, but have accrued the same number of wins, draws, defeats and therefore points. 

Their much better goal difference sees them 9th and seven points shy of the final playoff spot currently occupied by a faltering Bournemouth. 

Rovers have lost back-to-back league games so far in February but they have won two of their last three away fixtures, including a terrific 1-0 victory at an in-form Middlesbrough. 

Like the Reds, it's been an inconsistent campaign for the Ewood Park club and the next few weeks will determine whether or not they're capable of pushing on for a playoff run or not. 

In the reverse fixture in Lancashire at the back end of November last year, Barnsley were massively profligate in front of goal and ended up losing a game they'd dominated for lengthy spells, 2-1, thanks to some pretty average defending to say the least.

Earning back-to-back clean sheets for the third time under Ismaël shows things are looking tighter at the rearguard of this high-energy Reds side and they'll be warmed by the knowledge that Rovers have failed to score on their last two trips to Oakwell - both 2-0 defeats in 2016 and 2020. 

It will be a tough ask to make it three consecutive shutouts for the first time in 20/21 with Blackburn possessing one of the division's most potent strikers in ex-Reds loanee Adam Armstrong. 

The former Newcastle United man was on target in that November defeat at Ewood Park. 

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