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Match Preview: Barnsley v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

19 September 2023

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Pompey will look to maintain the division’s only unbeaten record when they visit Barnsley this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

In fact, their run of league games without losing now stands at 18 – comfortably better than any other top-flight or EFL side.

But the Blues will likely receive a stern test tonight against a team who sit one place above them in the standings.

The Tykes are in fifth spot thanks to their superior goal difference, which received a boost when they routed Port Vale 7-0 on the opening day.

Neill Collins is tasked with trying to mastermind promotion to the Championship, having replaced Swansea-bound Michael Duff in the Oakwell hotseat over the summer.

His predecessor guided Barnsley to the play-offs last season and they saw off Bolton over two legs to book a trip to Wembley.

There was heartache in the capital, however, as Josh Windass struck in stoppage-time at the end of extra-time to ensure it was Sheffield Wednesday who went up.

The Reds head into this fixture on the back of four successive wins in all competitions, while League One’s top scorer Devante Cole has already struck eight times.

Pompey were beaten on their most recent trip to Oakwell back in March, with Colby Bishop netting in a 3-1 defeat.

Josh Dockerill (knee), Tom Lowery (knee), Anthony Scully (knee) and Kusini Yengi (ankle) all remain sidelined.

Pompey hope to have Christian Saydee available following a minor hamstring problem, while Joe Morrell and Joe Rafferty both return from suspension.

Luca Connell (illness) and Robbie Cundy (hip) are both expected to miss out for Barnsley, but Callum Styles should have recovered from a sickness bug.

Read the thoughts of head coach John Mousinho ahead of the game.

Pompey: 22 wins
Barnsley: 19 wins
15 draws

On the road
Pompey: 7 wins
Barnsley: 14 wins
7 draws

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Referee: Lewis Smith
Assistants: Callum Jones and Stephen Wade
Fourth Official: Daniel Middleton

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We will have key updates throughout the game on Twitter and a detailed blog via the match centre.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not available online).

Games kick-off at 7.45pm

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Match Reports

Barnsley 2 Pompey 3

Bishop, Lane and Ogilvie on target at Oakwell

19 September 2023

Colby Bishop scores a penalty for Pompey at Barnsley
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey climbed to the League One summit with victory at Barnsley, although there were plenty of chewed fingernails by the time the final whistle blew.

It looked like being a comfortable night at Oakwell, with Colby Bishop scoring from the spot and Paddy Lane quickly doubling the advantage.

And Reds fans could have been forgiven for heading for the exits when Connor Ogilvie added a third for the visitors.

But Barry Cotter and Callum Styles both struck in the second half to leave the Blues hanging on for the three points.

John Mousinho made a couple of changes from the side that were held to a draw at Derby at the weekend.

Joe Rafferty and Joe Morrell both returned from suspension, as Zak Swanson and Abu Kamara made way.

It was wet and windy in South Yorkshire, but that did not stop the travelling fans enjoying themselves behind the goal.

And they were given good reason to cheer, with Pompey scoring an incredible three times inside the opening 16 minutes.

They had already gone close twice before the deadlock was broken, as Gavin Whyte’s effort was deflected behind before Bishop nodded a Morrell cross narrowly over.

The Blues took the lead after Lane had broken quickly up the pitch, beating two men on the right and finding Whyte.

He then played the ball into the box towards Bishop, who was crudely felled by opposition keeper Liam Roberts.

Referee Lewis Smith immediately pointed to the spot and BISHOP picked himself up to confidently tuck away the penalty.

The clock showed that goal had arrived on eight minutes and it had not ticked over to nine by the time the advantage was doubled.

Conor Shaughnessy played the ball to Bishop and he deftly turned it into the path of LANE, who raced through and found the top corner with his left foot.

If Barnsley’s defending had got their supporters in mind of pantomime season, the sprinklers going off only served to compound that feeling.

The visitors, meanwhile, were out for blood and Alex Robertson saw his low shot saved following good work from Lane and Bishop.

They soon had a third, though, as Lane’s corner went through to Morrell on the right and the midfielder delivered an excellent cross for OGILVIE to head home.

Pompey were enjoying themselves in possession and the Tykes could not get the ball back off them, much to the frustration of their fans.

The clear-cut chances might have started to dry up, but there was a sense that Mousinho’s men could quite easily have moved up through the gears if required.

Barnsley never really looked like reducing their deficit before the break and when they did win a free-kick in a dangerous area, it was charged down by a committed Morrell.

Half Time: Barnsley 0 Pompey 3

The hosts made a triple substitution at the break, although it was the Blues who were first to threaten following the restart.

Rafferty lifted a fine cross into the area, but Robertson did not make a firm enough connection to send the ball on target.

And Barnsley were soon handed a lifeline as Sam Cosgrove slid a pass across for Cotter in acres of space and he slotted home.

There was another chance for Robertson at the other end, with the midfielder winning a free-kick that he saw saved by Roberts.

It was a much better save from the keeper moments later to keep out Bishop’s header from point-blank range after the striker had been picked out by Rafferty.

But Barnsley then had a chance of their own when a long ball ran straight through to Devante Cole, who could only fire into the side netting.

It was certainly proving to be an open half and Bishop fired narrowly over after good build-up involving Morrell and Whyte.

That was the last piece of action for the latter player, however, as he made way for Kamara on 66 minutes.

And another change followed a few moments later, as Ogilvie required some treatment before being replaced by Jack Sparkes.

Any thoughts of an easy stroll to victory were then ended when Owen Dodgson’s cross was met with a firm header from Styles that Will Norris could not stop from crossing the line.

Mousinho had been preparing a couple of changes before that, with Terry Devlin and Tino Anjorin for Lane and Robertson.

Barnsley poured forward in the closing stages and were buoyed by the display of seven additional minutes, but the Blues saw them out to ensure a happy trip back down to the south coast.

Barnsley (3-1-4-2): Roberts; Williams, Łopata, McCart; Russell (Styles 46); Cotter (O’Keeffe 71), Phillips, Kane, Cadden (Dodgson 46); Cole (Watters 78), McAtee (Cosgrove 46)
Goals: Cotter 49, Styles 77
Booked: Phillips
Subs not used: Killip, Shepherd

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Norris; Rafferty, Poole, Shaughnessy, Ogilvie (Sparkes 68); Morrell, Pack (c); Lane (Devlin 78), Robertson (Anjorin 78), Whyte (Kamara 66); Bishop
Goals: Bishop 8 (pen), Lane 8, Ogilvie 16
Booked: Rafferty
Subs not used: Schofield, Towler, Stevenson

Referee: Lewis Smith

Attendance: 11,464 (654 Pompey fans)

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