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Barnsley (A) match preview

23 November 2018

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Rovers make the short trip across South Yorkshire to face rivals Barnsley in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

Rovers will be looking to take their winning form into the league with them following Tuesday night’s resounding 7-0 win over National League North high-flyers Chorley which saw Alfie May score four goals in the Emirates FA Cup.

Barnsley on the other hand will be looking to make it three wins in a row following victories over Notts County in the FA Cup, as well as a 2-0 away victory over Accrington Stanley last weekend.

Brief history of Barnsley FC

Barnsley play at the 23,287-capacity Oakwell stadium, which has been their home since the club’s formation in 1887.

They are nicknamed the Tykes, which derives from the term to describe a typical Yorkshire character: rugged, hard-working and with great pride in their roots.

This current season is their first back in League One since 2016, having been relegated on the final day of the last campaign from the Championship.

Their last promotion from the third tier saw them win the play-offs with a 3-1 victory over Millwall at Wembley Stadium, a win which was their second at the national stadium in a matter of months following their Football League Trophy win over Oxford United during the same season. Goals from Ashley Fletcher, Adam Hammill and Lloyd Isgrove sealed promotion for a Tykes side that were bottom of the League One table at Christmas in 2015.

Who’s the gaffer?

Daniel Stendel is the man who will occupy the home dugout at the weekend, having taken charge of the Tykes ahead of their League One return this summer. The former Hamburg and Hannover 96 striker made his managerial debut in charge of the latter club, leaving them with an impressive win percentage of 50 per cent after just under a year in charge.

He has overseen 22 games whilst in charge of the Tykes, winning 13 of those, drawing five and losing just four, leaving him with a win percentage of 59.1 per cent.

Ones to watch

Adam Davies

The Welsh stopper was named as the club’s captain ahead of the start of this season. He started his career within the Everton youth academy, joining the Toffees at the age of 14 before his departure in 2012. Davies joined the Tykes in the summer of 2014 following his release from Sheffield Wednesday after two years at Hillsborough, and he has gone on to make well over 150 appearances between the sticks for Barnsley. Davies has been called up to the Wales senior squad too, first receiving a call-up for his national side in October 2016 for their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Kieffer Moore

The towering striker joined Barnsley back in January from Ipswich Town following a previously loan spell in League One with Rotherham United. The Torquay-born forward made his footballing start at Truro City and Dorchester United, before a break into the EFL with Yeovil Town. After two years with the Glovers, Moore moved abroad in search of a club, signing with Norwegian side Viking FK before moving to Forest Green Rovers in 2015. Moore joined his hometown club Torquay United in 2016 on-loan, scoring five goals in four games, and he was quickly snapped up by Ipswich Town. After a successful loan spell with Rotherham during the early part of last season, he signed a deal until the summer of 2021 with the Tykes back in January.

Brad Potts

The midfielder is in his second season with the Tykes following his move from Blackpool last summer. The former England under-19 international made his professional debut for Carlisle United in August 2012, and he was called up by his country following an impressive start to life as a professional footballer. Potts signed for Blackpool in 2015 following the expiration of his contract with the Blues, and he spent a further two seasons on the coast with the Tangerines. He helped them to promotion from League Two at the first attempt, alongside Rovers, via the play-offs in his final game, scoring the opening goal after three minutes in the Pool’s 2-1 win over Exeter City at Wembley.

Who’s the ref?

Michael Salisbury will be the man in the middle when the two sides meet at Oakwell on Saturday. Salisbury has taken charge of 18 games in league and cup competitions so far this season, dishing out 50 yellow cards and brandishing the red card twice.

He has already taken charge of Rovers once this season, being in the middle for their 2-0 win over Grimsby in the Checkatrade Trophy back in October, and his last game in charge of Barnsley came in League One back in August for their 4-0 victory away at Rochdale.

He will be joined by assistant referees Alix Pashley and Joe Clark, with Scott Oldham being named as fourth official for Saturday’s game.

Last time out

Ashley Fletcher’s goal nine minutes from time was enough for the Tykes to steal three points at Oakwell back in February 2016, a win that would propel them even further towards sealing their place in the League One play-off positions.

Rovers last win at Oakwell came in March 2010 in the Championship, with James Coppinger scoring the only goal of the game after 35 minutes.

Tickets for Rovers’ next home Sky Bet League One game against Blackpool on Tuesday November 27 are still available via the Club Doncaster Box Office. Purchase yours now by either visiting in-store at the Keepmoat Stadium, by calling on 01302 762576, or online at

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