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Albion v Barnsley match preview

24 December 2019

Albion will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games at Barnsley on Boxing Day (ko 3pm).

Barnsley

Their last outing

Barnsley clocked up a third win from five league games against Millwall thanks to a late Patrick Schmidt goal on Saturday.

The Tykes took the lead just before the break through Conor Chaplin (pictured below) but Aiden O’Brien equalised for the Lions with five minutes to play. There was one final twist in the tale when Schmidt headed in a stoppage-time winner to secure Barnsley’s fourth win of the season.

BARNSLEY: Sahin-Radlinger; Williams, Diaby, Anderson, Odour; Bähre (Thomas 72), Halme, Mowatt; Brown, Woodrow (Schmidt 84), Chaplin.

Substitutes: Styles, Williams, Collins, Sibbick.

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In the dugout

Gerhard Struber became Barnsley’s manager in November after guiding Wolfsberger AC to a third-place finish in the Austrian top tier, qualifying for the Europa League.

The 42-year-old spent a decade as a coach in FC Red Bull Salzburg’s academy until his move to FC Liefering in June 2017. In January 2019 he stepped down from his role to finish his UEFA pro coaching license before taking charge of Wolfsberger in the summer.

One to watch

Conor Chaplin has netted seven goals in as many league games for the Tykes. 

A striker or winger, Chaplin progressed through Portsmouth’s Academy and played more than 100 games for their first team, before joining Coventry City initially on a loan deal which was made permanent in January.

In the summer Barnsley signed Chaplin on a four-year deal and he has played 22 times for them, scoring eight goals.

Our last meeting

The last time we faced Barnsley was in October at The Hawthorns. Albion came from two goals down to claim a point against the Tykes in a 2-2 draw.

A Cauley Woodrow brace inside six minutes midway through the first half handed the visitors the advantage, but in the second half Bambo Diaby netted an own goal following a Matheus Pereira corner and then Albion's Brazilian playmaker netted a second for the Baggies by connecting with a Conor Townsend cross.

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Stats

Albion

• Bilić’s Baggies are the top scorers in the Championship - and have scored nine more goals than any other team in the division, finding the net 46 times.

• The Throstles are unbeaten in their last 13 Sky Bet Championship games (P12, W9, D4, L0).

 Albion have conceded just eight league goals in 12 games on the road - the joint-best away defensive record in the division.

Barnsley

• The Tykes have won three of their last five league games.

• Before beating Hull City at the end of November, Barnsley went 17 league games without a win.

• Barnsley have the second-worst defensive record in the division and have conceded 46 goals so far this season.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Barnsley wins

League

23

22

18

FA Cup

0

1

3

Total

23

23

21

Our man to watch

Darnell Furlong returned to Albion’s starting XI against Brentford after a string of appearances from the bench. 

At Birmingham City a week earlier Darnell had come on as a substitute and floated a delightful cross to the back post for Charlie Austin to head in the winner for the Baggies.

Back in the team against the Bees, Darnell nodded in Albion’s equaliser just before the break in a 1-1 draw.

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Best of social

The roar from Andy Johnson when the ball hits the back of the net. Brilliant.

Ticket news

Tickets are on general sale - with 3,400 Baggies already set to travel to Barnsley.

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices:

Adults

£20

Seniors (65+)

£15

Under-21s

£15

Under-18s

£10

Under-12s

£5

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Barnsley is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Thursday.

Supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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Match Reports

Barnsley 1 Albion 1

26 December 2019

Albion were undone by a 90th-minute equaliser as Barnsley secured a 1-1 draw and a share of the spoils in their Boxing Day clash.

Aapo Halme converted from close range late on to cruelly deny the Baggies although Albion extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches - the club's longest sequence since 1957.

Albion had looked on course for their first victory at Oakwell since 1947, a run stretching back 18 meetings, courtesy of Filip Krovinović's fifth-minute strike.

The Croatian capitalised on a mis-hit clearance by Tykes goalkeeper Sami Radlinger to convert from long range and register his first goal of the season - becoming Albion's 15th different scorer of the campaign so far.

Yet Albion were also indebted to a superb display from Sam Johnstone as he pulled off a string of fine saves while Tykes defender Mads Andersen headed against the crossbar during the first period.

The draw extends Albion's impressive away record, with the top-of-the-table Baggies, who were backed by 3,579 travelling supporters for the festive encounter in South Yorkshire, now unbeaten in seven on the road.

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Slaven Bilić made four changes from the 1-1 draw against Brentford, Krovinović coming in alongside fit-again Kieran Gibbs, Ahmed Hegazi and Charlie Austin.

And it took the midfielder just a matter of minutes to make an impact, capitalising on Radlinger's scuffed clearance to convert high beyond the Tykes goalkeeper as he rushed back into an empty net.

Johnstone was first called upon to make two superb saves midway through the opening period, spreading himself to deny Cauley Woodrow before tipping over from Jacob Brown minutes later.

Andersen headed against the crossbar just before the half-hour mark as the hosts pushed for a leveller.

Baggies skipper Jake Livermore sent a long-range strike narrowly off target at the other end before Austin was denied by Radlinger as he latched on to a loose defensive header back to the keeper.

Yet there was still time for Johnstone to come to Albion's rescue again on the stroke of half-time, saving well at his near post from Conor Chaplin to preserve the visitors' advantage heading into half-time.

The Baggies No.1 was at it yet again in the 57th minute, diving to his right to push away Luke Thomas' strike from distance.

Bilić introduced Kenneth Zohore and Gareth Barry as the second half wore on, unfortunately losing Kieran Gibbs to injury late on.

And there was worse to come just moments later as Halme converted from close range for the Tykes to ensure it finished all square, with Albion now looking to get back to winning ways at home to Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Albion: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Hegazi, Gibbs (Townsend 89), Sawyers, Livermore, Krovinović (Barry 77), Pereira, Robson-Kanu, Austin (Zohore 62).

Subs: Bond, O'Shea, Edwards, Phillips.

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Ticket News

Boxing Day trip to Barnsley on general sale

21 December 2019

Tickets are on general sale for Albion’s Boxing Day trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley (ko 3pm).

Albion have been handed an allocation of 4,300 for the Sky Bet Championship fixture on December 26.

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices

Adults £20
Seniors (65+) £15
Under-21s £15
Under-18s £10
Under-12s £5

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