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SECOND LEG PREVIEW

19 May 2021

The Reds' Sky Bet Championship play-off campaign continues with a long trip to Wales to take on the Swans.

After somehow losing the first leg on Monday night at Oakwell, Barnsley have it all to do when they head to South Wales on Saturday (6.30pm KO) to face Swansea City.

Defeated 1-0 on the night, when an offside-looking André Ayew skipped inside the defence and curled home a delightful effort just before half-time, the Reds will need to improve themselves in front of goal at the Liberty Stadium.

A plethora of chances came and went for Barnsley, as they relentlessly attacked the Swans in the second period. But the woodwork and Woodman (visiting 'keeper Freddie) denied Valérien Ismaël's men a deserved share of the spoils. 

There was frustration post-match, but no doom and gloom. An upbeat squad and coach felt they'd done enough to warrant something from the game and take confidence from that into the second leg. 

Barnsley are taking part in their fourth end-of-season play-off campaign and in all three previous to this one, they've won the away legs, and, always made the final. 

Opponents, Swansea, won the first leg at this stage last season, also 1-0 but were seen off - by Brentford - in the second leg. 

They are obvious favourites for Saturday's game, thanks to that slender advantage, and will be backed by a small number of Swans supporters for the first time in 14 months with the match being deemed a pilot event by the Welsh government. 

The referee this weekend is John Brooks. The Leicestershire-based official has taken charge of two Reds games already this season; the 1-0 FA Cup win over Norwich City at Oakwell and our thrilling 3-2 victory at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth. 

Barnsley have never beaten the Swans at the Liberty, and haven't beaten them in Swansea for 47 years. That was in August of 1974 when goals from Brian Mahoney, Bobby Doyle and Paul O'Riley saw us to a 3-0 victory at the Vetch Field. 

Due to broadcast restrictions, there will again be no iFollow Barnsley live stream of this fixture but Matt Bailey will be providing audio commentary on the service as usual, live from the Liberty. 


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