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Match Previews

Match Preview: Barnsley v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

14 December 2018

Barnsley v Pompey

Pompey’s run of fiendish festive fixtures continues with a trip to face Barnsley in League One this weekend.

With snow forecast for the north of England on Saturday, the visitors will be hoping their promotion quest does not freeze at Oakwell.

Kenny Jackett’s men will be looking for a response to their midweek home defeat by Charlton – just the second league loss suffered so far this season.

Their latest opponents were – along with Sunderland – considered favourites to go up before a ball had been kicked in the summer.

Both teams were relegated at the end of the last season, with Barnsley’s fate sealed by a 4-1 reverse at Derby on the final day.

They are certainly still in the running to secure an instant return, although successive defeats have seen them slip to sixth.

It leaves the Tykes sitting six points behind Luton, who currently occupy that all-important second automatic promotion position.

Pompey fans will need to be wary of their hosts’ home form, as they are one of three clubs in the division yet to be beaten on their own turf.

The Blues were beaten 2-0 on their last trip to Oakwell in February 2012, although many will still remember the Robert Prosinecki-inspired 4-1 triumph there in 2001.

Pompey are missing David Wheeler (hamstring), but Dion Donohue is available for selection again after coming through a midweek reserve game unscathed.

Ben Thompson is also allowed to feature after the club successfully appealed his red card for serious foul play against Charlton.

Barnsley are hoping that striker Cauley Woodrow will be fit enough to feature after injuring his calf at Wycombe last weekend.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Tom Naylor or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 21 wins
Barnsley: 18 wins
12 draws

At Oakwell
Pompey: 7 wins
Barnsley: 13 wins
6 draws

Fans can secure their seat online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm today.

They can also be purchased from North Stand cash turnstiles at Oakwell on the day of the game, although there is a price increase. Click here for more details.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Barnsley are the 5/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 2/1.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

Doncaster v Scunthorpe (12.15pm)
Bradford v Walsall
Charlton v AFC Wimbledon
Coventry v Luton
Fleetwood v Burton
Gillingham v Wycombe
Oxford v Blackpool
Rochdale v Plymouth
Shrewsbury v Peterborough
Southend v Accrington
Sunderland v Bristol Rovers


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Match Reports

Barnsley 1 Pompey 1

Evans on target in Oakwell stalemate

15 December 2018

Tom Naylor in action for Pompey at Barnsley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey will definitely be top of the League One table at Christmas after securing a 1-1 draw against fellow promotion hopefuls Barnsley at Oakwell.

But they might have been celebrating an even greater haul, as Gareth Evans drilled them into the lead just before the break.

Amidst a freezing downpour, however, Cauley Woodrow levelled in the second half and the Blues were forced to hold on at the end.

A stalemate was probably not the biggest surprise, with the hosts boasting an unbeaten home league record and the visitors having not been beaten on the road.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were beaten by Charlton on home soil earlier in the week.

But with Luke McGee suffering from a hand injury, Alex Bass was recalled from a loan spell at Torquay to sit on the bench.

It was not exactly the right day for a neat, passing game of football, with freezing rain falling from the South Yorkshire sky throughout.

That did not seem to dampen the entertainment on offer, however, as the game was often played at a frantic pace.

It was the hosts who looked on top for much of the first half, although they were let down by some poor finishing.

Pompey actually had the first opening, but Ronan Curtis took a heavy touch from Jamal Lowe’s threaded pass, allowing Adam Davies to come from his line and claim.

Craig MacGillivray was the busier of the two keepers, however, and he had his palms stung by Woodrow.

Meanwhile, some vital tracking back from Evans and Lowe denied Cameron McGeehan and George Moncur respectively.

MacGillivray was called into action again midway through the first half, palming over a fierce drive from Woodrow.

The keeper also kept out an angled Moncur shot, while an effort from McGeehan was then diverted off target.

There was a brief interruption soon after, as one of the floodlights failed, but after consulting with both managers, referee Jon Moss decided it was fine to continue.

Pompey threatened on 33 minutes when Lee Brown whipped in a dangerous cross that Lowe volleyed wide.

Kieffer Moore fired wastefully wide at the other end, while some more good defending from Lowe stopped Brad Potts’ surge.

It was Barnsley on top as the interval approached, but the Blues were able to break the deadlock on 43 minutes.

Alex Mowatt tried to clear the ball, only to send it straight into the path of EVANS, who hit a crisp left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Half Time: Barnsley 0 Pompey 1

Both sides were struggling to keep hold of possession once the action restarted, no doubt hindered by the wet and windy conditions.

Long-range efforts from Jacob Brown and Potts went over the bar, as Barnsley went in search of a leveller.

The home crowd were growing frustrated and were appealing to Moss for some soft penalties, with each turned down by the official.

But their mood improved just after the hour mark, as Potts sent in a low cross that Woodrow neatly turned home at the near post.

Barnsley moved up a few gears after that, only for the Blues to then create an opening on the counter-attack.

Ben Thompson collected the ball in the centre and fed Oli Hawkins, whose low drive was kept out by the boot of Davies.

Curtis thought he should have been awarded a penalty after going down in the box, but Moss thought he fell too easily and brandished a yellow card.

The Republic of Ireland international was withdrawn moments later, with Anton Walkes coming on and Nathan Thompson joining Matt Clarke and Jack Whatmough in a back three.

It was still the Tykes looking more of a threat as the game entered its closing stages and Tom Naylor bravely threw himself in front of a thunderous Woodrow effort.

And they almost snatched a late winner, with Moore collecting a pass from Lloyd Isgrove, turning and sending a low shot inches past the post.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies (c); Cavare (Brown 46), Jackson, Pinnock, Pinillos; Potts (Thiam 80), Mowatt, McGeehan, Moncur (Isgrove 63); Moore, Woodrow
Goals: Woodrow 61
Booked: McGeehan, Woodrow
Subs not used: Greatorex, Lindsay, Bahre, Adeboyejo

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Walkes 75); Hawkins
Goals: Evans 43
Booked: Naylor, Curtis, Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Close, Donohue, Green, Pitman

Referee: Jon Moss

Attendance: 12,441 (1,674 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Barnsley (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

13 December 2018


Tickets are still available for Pompey’s League One visit to Barnsley this weekend.

Blues fans have already snapped up more than 1,600 seats for the Oakwell contest, which kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday.

They can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm tomorrow (December 14).

Supporters can also purchase tickets from the North Stand cash turnstiles at Barnsley on the day of the game, although there is an increase in prices.

Category Advance
Adult £23 £25
Senior (65+) £16 £18
Young Person (19-21) £16 £18
Junior (12-18) £10 £10
Child (U12) £5 £5

Wheelchair and ambulant spaces are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

Tickets booked online/over the phone before 3pm on Wednesday will have been sent out in the post, otherwise they can be collected from the Oakwell ticket office on Saturday.

If you are expecting tickets in the post and they do not arrive, please contact the Pompey ticket office by 4pm on Friday. We will not be able to help supporters who contact us on the day of the game.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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