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21 November 2017 Venue Oakwell Attendance

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Match Preview: Barnsley vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds hit the road for the first of two away fixtures…

20 November 2017

Cardiff City travel to Barnsley on Tuesday evening, as they look to build on their impressive win over Brentford.

The Tykes are back at Oakwell following their trip to Norwich, in which they secured a 1-1 draw.

What to expect from the Tykes…

Paul Heckingbottom’s side currently occupy 16th place in the Sky Bet Championship table, picking up five wins and five draws from their 16 games so far.

The South Yorkshire side are 14 points behind the Bluebirds, having lost on six occasions too. However, they have produced some impressive displays including a 3-0 win over Sunderland earlier in the season.

Striker Tom Bradshaw is the standout forward in the Barnsley ranks, with 57 appearances and 13 goals to his name since his move from Walsall last summer. The 25 year-old also impressed during his second Wales appearance against Panama last week.

Bradshaw’s strike partner Mamadou Thiam is another who has had a decent start to life in English football. The 22-year-old is known for his strength and pace, and has netted one goal in four games for Heckingbottom’s side.

In the hot seat…

Barnsley is Heckingbottom’s only managerial job since his retirement from playing in 2011. The 40 year-old is somewhat of a journeyman, appearing for no less than 11 clubs.

After working with the U23 development squad, Heckingbottom took charge at Barnsley as caretaker on two separate occasions, before being made permanent Head Coach in June 2016. He guided the Yorkshire club to a 9th place finish at the end of the 2016/17 season.

Previous meetings…

It isn’t hard to pick the most memorable meeting between the Bluebirds and Tykes. Wembley 2008 will forever remain in the memory of Cardiff City supporters as Academy graduate Joe Ledley scored the only goal to put the Bluebirds into their first FA Cup final since 1927.

The last meeting between the two sides came at Oakwell in April last season, with the match ending as a 0-0 draw.

Club connections…

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock joined Barnsley from Aldershot in 1976 and played over fifty games for club in a two-year spell before moving to York City.

Midfielder Stephen McPhail turned out for both clubs during his career. The Irishman arrived at Barnsley from Leeds United in 2004 before leaving to join Cardiff in 2006, after helping the Tykes win promotion to the Championship.

Other players to have represented both the Bluebirds and the Tykes include Michael ChopraDanny Drinkwater, Tony Warner, Kadeem Harris and Liam Lawrence.

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Match Report: Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff City

Callum Paterson's late goal secures three points on the road...

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Callum Paterson's 83rd minute strike - his first in Cardiff City colours - secured a 1-0 away victory over Barnsley.

Neil Warnock made two changes from Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brentford, as Aron Gunnarsson came into the starting eleven, and the newly recruited Rolf Feltscher was named amongst the substitutes.

While the match began in even fashion, the Bluebirds soon showed signs of their threat in the final third. Joe Ralls played Danny Ward through on goal, but the slippery surface saw the striker lose his balance at the vital moment.

The Tykes then looked to create some opportunities of their own, with Mamadou Thiam’s deflected, long-range drive testing the reactions of Neil Etheridge in the City goal.

The conditions at Oakwell were certainly having an impact on the encounter. Joe Bennett’s slip afforded Brad Potts space to whip in a dangerous cross, which Thiam was only able to head into the side-netting.

Barnsley winger Adam Hammill curled narrowly wide from twenty-five yards with the hosts final chance before the interval, as the two teams went into the Oakwell dressing rooms level.

Both sides traded efforts at the start of the second-half, with Potts testing Etheridge from outside the box, before Craig Bryson fired wide from similar range.

Bruno Ecuele Manga then did superbly to come away with the ball after a committed tackle in the centre of the park. He fed Junior Hoilett, who recovered after stumbling to sting the palms of Adam Davies.

The Bluebirds came close to opening the scoring just after the hour mark. Matty Pearson held the ball for too long in defence, allowing Hoilett to charge down his clearance - the ball flying narrowly past the post.

Then, Cameron McGeehan struck a free-kick wide for the home side, before Callum Paterson came inches from connecting with Bennett’s fine cross at the other end.

The Scotland international wouldn’t have to wait long for his first strike in Cardiff colours though, as he netted the game’s all-important goal with just seven minutes remaining.

The twenty-three year old showed great bravery to throw himself at the ball and bundle home from close-range, sparking scenes of celebration in the corner.

The goal was enough for the Bluebirds to take all three points from Oakwell, putting Warnock's men in second-place in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Next up, the Bluebirds face another away trip, as they visit Nottingham Forest this Sunday.

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