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HUDDERSFIELD TOWN PREVIEW

4 February 2022

Everything you need to know ahead of our short trip to Kirklees to take on the Terriers on Saturday!

It's a break from league action this weekend as Poya Asbaghi takes his struggling Reds side a few miles up the road to tackle Huddersfield Town in the fourth round of this year's Emirates FA Cup.

Having scraped past Sky Bet League Two minnows Barrow at Oakwell in the previous round, Barnsley have Championship opposition on this occasion. 

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The Reds have lost five consecutive league fixtures and sit at the foot of the division, with relegation looking more and more likely and the most recent of those defeats, in midweek against Cardiff City on home soil pretty much summed up our campaign.

Without being overly threatening or opening up the visitors from Wales, the Reds certainly dominated the Bluebirds, from start to finish. 

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ASBAGHI PRE-TERRIERS

4 February 2022

But again, a goal conceded in embarrassing fashion - the away side's only attempt on target all night - condemned Asbaghi's boys to an 18th loss in 21/22. And then, in added time, the Reds scored what was later proven to be a perfectly good equaliser from Aaron Leya Iseka, only to see the officials rule it out for offside.

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The Swedish coach then, still looks for a first league victory. It's a torrid run. But he did see his side emerge victorious in this competition back in January when after extra time, Barnsley won 5-4 against Barrow. 

Just one of three victories in 30 league and cup games in 21/22. 

The Cardiff game saw debuts for both Domingos Quina and Amine Bassi. Both loanees impressed whilst on the pitch, but the former is unavailable on Saturday, having played for Fulham in the previous round. 

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We also saw returns for both Liam Kitching and Carlton Morris, as the Reds regain numbers following the recent COVID outbreak. 

Our hosts in the FA Cup at the weekend have really kicked on since we met at the start of December last year. 

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GOMES PRE-TERRIERS

4 February 2022

They came into that fixture hovering around mid-table, inconsistent. But they dominated at Oakwell. And after Lewis O'Brien put them into a deserved lead, the crossbar saved the Reds from further woe before Morris coolly slotted home to grab us a late equaliser. 

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Huddersfield are unbeaten since our encounter. Ten matches. They're up to fifth in the Championship table and saw off Premier League strugglers Burnley in round three of this competition.

On our last visit to the John Smith's Stadium, in April of last year, the Reds won 1-0. In a match where we outplayed our hosts all night, we had to wait until a second half Daryl Dike volley sealed it. 

That was our last away win. 

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In the middle controlling the action will be Jeremy Simpson. The Lancashire native has been active for over 25 years. 

The referee hasn't taken charge of a Reds game this season. His last Barnsley match being our 2-0 home defeat in January of 2021 against Swansea City.

A reminder that there will be no replays in this round of the Emirates FA Cup. The tie between the Reds and Town will therefore go straight to extra-time and potentially penalties should the score be locked after 90 minutes.

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Each team will also be able to name nine substitutes on the bench, with five of those players allowed onto the pitch across the 90 minutes in three separate opportunities – four including half time.

If the game goes to extra-time, any of the remaining five substitutes can be used in one extra opportunity.

We've a sell-out 2,336-strong crowd at the JSS this weekend!

For Reds fans going to Kirklees by train, please note that there is a football special service both pre and post-match.

11:52hrs from Barnsley to Huddersfield

17:37hrs from Huddersfield to Barnsley

Supporters in the UK are able to buy audio passes via iFollow Barnsley. 


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