Barnsley are hoping to have better fortunes this evening in South Wales as they look to overturn a one-goal deficit against Swansea City in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.
The Tykes went toe-to-toe with Steve Cooper’s side, with both teams usually playing vastly different styles to each other, so it may have been a surprise to see Barnsley edge the possession statistics.
But the stats when it came to goals went the other way, and it took a moment of magic from Ghana international Andre Ayew to give the Welsh side the advantage going into the second leg.
Considering Ayew’s weekly wage probably exceeded the combined wages of Barnsley’s starting 11, it was no surprise to see him be the match-winner, but it was a close encounter and there’s every chance the Yorkshire side can turn things around at the Liberty Stadium.
Can you name the Barnsley player who has been carded the most in each of the last 16 seasons?
Ismael never makes too many changes to his Barnsley side and it’s normally only the attack that is altered, and that’s exactly the case here as the Frenchman has made two changes with Dominik Frieser and the powerful Daryl Dike on the bench, with Victor Adeboyejo and Carlton Morris preferred – the latter having an impressive cameo in the first leg.
Despite Dike not starting there still seems to be positivity from some Tykes fans – it’s very much ‘In Ismael we trust’ as far as they’re concerned but others are worried about the inclusion of Adeboyejo.
Adeboyejos last chance for me would of rather had Chaplin if not dike
— Cogz (@Cogzzzzz) May 22, 2021
Christ adeboyejo couldn’t hit a barn door 😭
— SBFCO (@SBFCO1) May 22, 2021
Like the team Morris is massive for us to start with dike on last half hour or so come on boys we've got swanseas number tonight up the super reds
— Reece Phillips (@reecephillips91) May 22, 2021
Big vic gonna put in the performance of a lifetime
— Spencer Hall (@_Spencer_Hall) May 22, 2021
Not what I expected, but support them we will. 👍🔴⚪️
— Ian Vodden (@ianvodden) May 22, 2021
Big vic masterclass incoming
— Nathan (@NathanH83777298) May 22, 2021
Ok that caught me off guard
— David Hill (@DavidHi59053096) May 22, 2021
— Tom Orridge (@TomOrridge) May 22, 2021
Yikes, no Dike. That's a huge call, albeit he'll probably be on at half time. https://t.co/AwZNXUzEWu
— Elliott Jackson (@_ElliottJackson) May 22, 2021
Please tell me this is some bizarre psychological tactic… https://t.co/fVhKNO2fx8
— b e t h (@bethnyfaith) May 22, 2021