Barnsley will be looking to build on a number of impressive results in the Championship since the turn of the New Year.
The Tykes moved up to fifth in the second-tier standings on Wednesday evening, as they beat relegation-threatened Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 at Adams Park.
That win means that Valérien Ismaël’s side are now five points clear of seventh-placed AFC Bournemouth in the Championship, and they’ll fancy their chances of heading into the international break in a good run of form.
Barnsley are unbeaten in their last 12 league matches, and are set to take on struggling Sheffield Wednesday at Oakwell on Saturday, as they look to extend their unbeaten run with a positive result up against Darren Moore’s side, who will be desperate to pick up points in their bid to survive in the second-tier this term.
We take a look through the latest news on Barnsley as they head into a crucial match against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend before the international break.
Holloway makes play-off prediction
Speaking on EFL On Quest, former Blackpool and QPR manager Ian Holloway has predicted that Barnsley will finish in the top-six this term.
Holloway famously guided Blackpool to promotion into the Premier League back in the 2009/10 season, and has been out of work since his time with League Two side Grimsby Town reached a conclusion in December 2020.
“I’m going to worry Barnsley to death, my money is on them. I really do think they’re play-off bound, and I love their manager, brilliant.”
Tykes set to appeal Mowatt’s red card
Even though Barnsley picked up three important points to strengthen their grip on the play-off places in the Championship, they would have been frustrated as Alex Mowatt’s dismissal in the win over Wycombe Wanderers.
The midfielder has been a key member of the Barnsley team this season, and will be eager to play his part in their push for promotion into the Premier League.
Valérien Ismaël has recently revealed (quotes sourced from the Yorkshire Post) that Barnsley will appeal the red card shown to Mowatt, and felt as though the referee lost control of the game.
“The red card for us was never, ever a red card – the referee lost control. It was the feeling on the pitch that Wycombe were going to try everything, not really properly – some situations were really embarrassing.
“The referee lost completely the control and that’s why we have to appeal the decision. We will do because it is unjust, what has happened against Alex.
“It was never a bad foul – he tackled over the ball without a straight leg and that’s why we can’t accept this and we have to fight against that.”
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Barnsley set sights on midfielder
Barnsley are said to be rivalling the likes of Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Stoke City to the potential signing of Rangers midfielder Jordan Jones according to TEAMtalk.
Jones is currently on loan with promotion-chasing League One side Sunderland, and has played his part in their push for a timely return to the Championship this term.
But Jones is reportedly free to leave Rangers at the end of the 2020/21 season, which has seen a number of teams including Barnsley register their interest in landing his signature ahead of the new league campaign, which could potentially be in the Premier League for the Tykes.