MILLWALL sneak peek – news – barnsley football club
Everything you need to know about our weekend clash with the Lions here in Oakwell!
As we finally leave behind a mediocre September – a month in which the Reds failed to win or score in open play – we are now looking for better fortune on the 2021 calendar.
The fixture list has given rise to another home game ahead of the October international break, as London’s Millwall side arrive at Oakwell on Saturday for a 3pm kickoff of the Sky Bet Championship.
It’s a division the Reds are slowly sliding down right now, winless in their last eight league games and entering the weekend after poor losses to compatriots Blackpool and Nottingham Forest.
The most recent being the 3-1 home loss to the Tricky Trees on Wednesday night. Defeated despite a 1-0 advantage in the last third of the match. It stretched our poor Oakwell form in midweek games at this level and went nine years without a home league win in September.
Captain Cauley Woodrow scored his third penalty goal of the season against Forest, after being shot inside the penalty area. It was a low-quality game, but after the break the visitors changed shape and started to catch up with the Reds at the break, earning themselves a rare three points.
Reds coach Markus Schopp was deprived of his two assistants – serving a suspension – and also lost Josh Benson in the pre-match warm-up. It’s been that kind of season so far, and with Barnsley now 21st in the standings after ten games, a result this Saturday is much needed before the final two-week hiatus.
Making the long trip north this weekend is a Millwall side who jumped four points above the Reds with a midweek home win over Bristol City. In an also contested affair with the Robins, longtime talisman Jed Wallace hit a decisive hour-long penalty to confirm the Lions’ second win of the season.
Led by former Stoke City manager Gary Rowett, the Lions have yet to win on the road this quarter, but they have been draw specialists so far during 21/22, with six of their ten matches all ending in a tie.
They have lost just two games, and those were back-to-back defeats against Fulham and Cardiff City, last August. That gives them six games unbeaten as they head to Oakwell in a bid for a rare victory in South Yorkshire.
Barnsley dominated the clash last season when MichaÅ Helik scored on the fly a second-half winner in a 2-1 victory. In fact, we have won seven of the last 11 club meetings in all competitions.
Lancashire official David Webb is the man in charge of overseeing proceedings on Saturday. The very experienced referee visited Oakwell for the last time on Boxing Day last year as we saw Huddersfield Town in the Yorkshire Derby.
TO BUY TICKETS
This is a Category B game and was designated last month as an all-ticket clash, with no sale after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.
In terms of streaming the match, a reminder that the EFL has returned to the position it occupied before the pandemic, where any match starting between 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Saturday afternoon is prohibited.
However, supporters in the UK can purchase audio passes through iFollow Barnsley.
Our overseas fans can enjoy the live broadcast of the match, with a match pass priced at Â£ 10.
For more information on iFollow for this season and how to activate seasonal memberships, please click on the link below.