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Match Preview: Barnsley vs Brentford

16 April 2017

All the info ahead of tomorrow's match at Oakwell

Barnsley vs Brentford

Monday 17 April
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

The graph of Barnsley's league position this season resembles a cycle ride of the Yorkshire Dales which surround Oakwell as The Tykes streaky form has seen them fluctuate from Play-Off contenders to lower mid-table dwellers repeatedly this campaign . A fine start to the season saw The Tykes sit third in the table in September before a run of just one win in 11 games, which came at Griffin Park, saw them plummet to 17th two months later. Any relegation fears were quickly eased thanks to a run of seven wins in ten which propelled Barnsley up to the brink of the Play-Offs once more. Since those heady days in January, just two wins in 12 have seen them drop back into the mid-table pack.

The loss of star Striker Sam Winnall and creative midfielder Conor Hourihane to Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa in January has coincided with The Tykes slide down the Championship table. Since the duo's departure, Paul Heckingbottom's men have scored more than once on just three occasions, two of them coming against Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic in their last two matches. The Tykes haven't won any of their last seven at home, but have drawn five of them as they look to end their first season back in the second-tier on a high. 

The Manager

Paul Heckingbottom led Barnsley to the League One double last season, picking up promotion via the Play-Offs as well as the EFL Trophy. May's Wembley win saw Heckingbottom pick up his third promotion from the third tier via the Play-Offs. His first two came as a player with Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 and then a year later with Barnsley, the first of those at the expenses of Martin Allen's Bees. Those promotions were the high points in a 15 year playing career which also took in spells with Sunderland, Hartlepool United, Darlington, Norwich City, Bradford City, Mansfield Town and Gateshead.

After calling time on his playing career Heckingbottom was appointed the Head of Football Academy at Barnsley College before becoming Barnsley's Under-21 Head Coach in August 2012. Following the sacking of Danny Wilson in February 2015 Heckingbottom took temporary charge of The Tykes for a three game period before returning to his Academy role. After replacing Lee Johnson in February he became the first Barnsley manager in 104 years to lift a major trophy after their JP Trophy win in April and followed that up with Play-Off victory a month later before being awarded the job full-time in the summer.

The Match Officials

Referee: Robert Jones
Assistant Referees: Tony Peart and Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

Ticket news

Tickets will be on sale in the North Stand for away pay on the day supporters, cash only, priced at £25 adults, £18 seniors and £18 young adults. Matchday collections and duplicates will be from the South Stand Main Reception.

Travel News

Directions on how to get to Oakwell and matchday parking arrangements can be found here.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's meeting.
Brentford 29/20
Barnsley 9/5
Draw 47/20
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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm tomorrow, with Mark Burridge and Dave Morley.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.

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