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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Barnsley

The Bluebirds are back in action on Tuesday evening…

5 March 2018

Cardiff City welcome Barnsley to Cardiff City Stadium in the first of two home fixtures taking place this week.

With the Tykes' weekend fixture against Norwich City also called off due to the weather, Barnsley make a second successive away trip following their 1-1 draw with Hull City a week ago.

What to expect from the Tykes…

After losing to Burton Albion in new boss José Morais' first game at the helm, Barnsley have picked up four points in the two games since, including a potentially crucial away victory over Birmingham City. That win was just their seventh league triumph of the season, putting them two points above the Sky Bet Championship relegation places.

Swansea City loanee Oli McBurnie has hit the ground running since joining on deadline day at the end of January. The 21-year-old has netted four goals in five games, including both in their recent 2-0 victory over Birmingham.

Welshman Tom Bradshaw tops the goal scoring charts for the Tykes, finding the net on 11 occasions this season. However, the 25-year-old has gone 11 games without a goal, last scoring in a 2-1 defeat to Fulham back in December.

In the hot seat…

 

Morais has an impressive CV when it comes to management, including stints as José Mourinho’s assistant with the likes of Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

The 52 year-old’s most recent post as No.1 came in Greece with AEK Athens, taking charge of 14 games last season before making the move to South Yorkshire following Paul Heckingbottom's February move to Leeds.

Previous meetings…

The reverse fixture back in November saw the Bluebirds triumph thanks to a late Callum Paterson strike at Oakwell - his first in City colours helping Warnock’s men to a 1-0 win on that occasion.

The Bluebirds have only lost once in the last nine fixtures against Tuesday’s opponents. City ran out winners in five of those contests, while our home meeting in March 2011 saw Peter Whittingham notch the Football League goal of the year with a stunning volley in a 2-2 draw.

One of City's most significant moments in recent memory came against Barnsley, as Joe Ledley's strike saw us beat the Tykes 1-0 at Wembley, securing the Bluebirds' place in the 2008 FA Cup Final.

Club Connections…

Neil Warnock had a brief two-year stint as a Barnsley player from 1976-78, scoring 10 goals in 57 appearances after joining from Aldershot. He then spent a year at both York City and Crewe Alexandra before hanging up his boots in 1979.

Michael Chopra spent the 2004/05 season on loan with the Tykes, scoring 17 goals in 39 appearances before moving to South Wales a year later. Chops went onto score 56 goals during his time in the Welsh capital.

Stephen McPhail also made the move from South Yorkshire to South Wales in 2006. Joining Chopra as a City icon, he made 190 appearances for the Bluebirds in a seven-year spell.

Other players to play for both clubs include Danny Drinkwater, Tony Warner, Liam Lawrence and Kadeem Harris.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 2-1 Barnsley

6 March 2018

Cardiff City extended their unbeaten league run to nine games with a 2-1 win over Barnsley at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Callum Paterson and Marko Grujić either side of half-time were enough to see off the South Yorkshire side, despite Oli McBurnie’s second half strike.

The Bluebirds made four changes to the side that were victorious over Bristol City last weekend, as Kadeem Harris, Kenneth Zohore, Grujić and Craig Bryson all came into the starting eleven.

City started the stronger side and created their first opening after eight minutes. A quick exchange of passes between Bryson and Zohore in the centre of the park eventually released Harris down the left-hand side. His quick footwork opened up the Barnsley defence, but the 24-year-old could only curl his shot into the side netting.

The visitors shaped a few half-chances of their own a few minutes later though. A corner from the right-hand side eventually dropped to Joseph Williams who fired wide, before Brad Potts took aim with a tame shot which was straight at Neil Etheridge.

Zohore was flowing with confidence, testing Nick Townsend from the edge of the penalty area once again, this time seeing his right-footed effort held by the Barnsley stopper on the half hour mark.

Two minutes later Paterson gave City a deserved lead with Zohore again involved. A lovely piece of control from the Dane freed Hoilett and his first time cross was cleared into the path of the Scot, who swept his effort into the bottom corner.

Paterson thought he’d got his second of the night as the first half came to a close, planting another Hoilett cross into the back of the net only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

The second of the evening did come just a minute after the half time interval however, courtesy of Grujić. Zohore skilfully chested down Paterson’s high cross, before teeing up the Liverpool loanee to emphatically dispatch his first goal in City colours.

With half an hour left to play, the Tykes pulled one back. A low cross from Andy Yiadom was scuffed into the path of Oli McBurnie, who poked the ball home from four yards out.

The Bluebirds produced a resolute defensive display through much of the second half, with blocks from Bruno Manga and Sol Bamba keeping City’s precious lead intact.

Bryson was inches away from scoring a third for the Bluebirds in stoppage time after pinching the ball from Yiadom on the edge of the Barnsley area, but could only fizz his shot wide.

Replacement Nathaniel Mendez-Laing curled an effort against the post deep into injury time, as City secured their fifth win in a row, and moved just three points off Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Bennett, Ecuele Manga, Zohore, Harris (Mendez-Laing 70), Bamba, Connolly, Paterson (Damour 62), Bryson, Grujić (Halford 57), Hoilett.

Subs not used: Murphy, Feeney, Pilkington, Wildschut.

Barnsley: Townsend, Fryers, Williams, Lindsay, McBurnie, Pinnock, Yiadom, Moore, Potts (Bradshaw 87), Gardner (Knasmüllner 45), Thiam, (Hedges 75).

Subs not used: Davies, Cavaré, Mahoney, Pearson.

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