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18 January 2021

We are straight back down to business, as the Reds head south on Tuesday night for a midweek encounter with promotion-chasing Watford.

We have a rapid opportunity to put the disappointment of the weekend behind us when on Tuesday evening Barnsley travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in a 7.45pm kick-off.

Saturday night's 2-0 loss at Oakwell against the division's second-placed outfit, Swansea City consigned the Reds to a second successive league defeat since the start of 2021.


Dubious goals in either half from Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe (the visitors' only efforts on target) were enough on the night for the Swans, as they completed a league double over Valérien Ismaël's side. 

That followed up our defeat at league leaders, Norwich City in our last away fixture, as the top two in the Sky Bet Championship proved too much for a Barnsley side sat just on the fringes of the playoffs. 

There's no shame in losing to such opposition, but Ismaël will be hoping for a response when he takes the Reds to Hertfordshire to face the Hornets. 



18 January 2021

Watford are the only side in the current top six who the Reds have managed to beat so far this term; a 1-0 victory at Oakwell on Halloween at the start of Valérien's reign. 

They sit fifth at the moment having seen off Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road in their most recent fixture and have a fairly new coach in the Hornets dugout, in Xisco Muñoz. 

The Spaniard arrived just prior to Christmas and has so far won two and drawn two of his matches in charge. 

Our hosts on Tuesday night also lost to Swansea recently, on their last road trip, but they did pull off a shock victory on Boxing Day, beating Norwich 1-0 at Vicarage Road.

Whilst their away form is somewhat patchy, they've only lost the once on home soil. That was a 1-0 defeat against Cardiff City where ex-Red Kieffer Moore struck a first half winner. 



18 January 2021

That aforementioned success against the Hornets in October was Barnsley's 21st in this fixture, with Watford holding 21 victories too. But it's 13 years since we beat the Golden Boys away from home. 

It was a 3-0 victory in 2008 where goals from Kayode Odejayi (x2) and Stephen Foster saw us to a fantastic midweek win on our way to achieving safety that season.

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18 January 2021

We will have live and uninterrupted coverage from Watford on iFollow Barnsley from just before kick-off, with commentary provided by our in-house media and communications team.

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