Our U23s welcome Ipswich Town to Oakwell Training Ground Tuesday afternoon.

The Reds will field a young team against the Tractor Boys, currently in fourth place in the Southern Professional Development League.

While Barnsley may have less field experience than his opponents, U23 head coach Martin Devaney insists the test is the one they like about it.

He said: “We’re going to be stretched because we’re going to be a very young team. A lot of the guys are maybe making their debuts, the bench is going to be young with a few under 16s so it’s going to be a really big test for the boys but one that we are looking forward to.

“We have to show that Barnsley character – a high energy, a pressing and a mentality where you are going to perform and outdo your opponents.”

Ipswich lost 3-0 to Swansea City last the week but it was the Reds who emerged victorious in the last meeting between the two teams in April, when Angus Chapman scored the only goal of the game.

Devaney added: “They are always good organized, they obviously have experience in their coaches. I watched their previous match versus Swansea and they played well. I know what they are going to offer.

A product of the Ipswich academy himself, Dyer is now in charge of his home club’s Under-23 team.

After breaking onto the scene as a player at Portman Road, he went on to represent Newcastle United, West Ham United, QPR and Middlesbrough, as well as a brief comeback with Ipswich in 2011.

With 33 England caps to his name, Dyer has a lot of wisdom to pass on to the young Tractor Boys.

One to watch: Harley curtis

A Well rated forward, Curtis scored a brace in Ipswich’s recent victory over Swansea and hopes to impress again at Oakwell Training Ground.

Live text commentary will be provided on our Academy Twitter feed (@AcademyBFC) and a match report will follow the final whistle here on: barnsleyfc.fr

Fans are reminded that this match will be played behind closed doors.


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