Nathan Doyle returns to the squad after completing a one match suspension and could replace Hugo Colace who was ineffective in the 0-0 draw with Watford. Striker Garry O’Connor plays his last game of his current loan spell whilst Jacob Butterfield is once again pushing to start.
Head To Head:
Barnsley go into this weekend’s encounter looking for their first South Yorkshire derby victory against the Blades in nearly 10 years. The Reds used to have great success against the men from Bramall Lane, but could never beat Wednesday. Now, The Reds have lost just one of their last five meetings with the Owls but are winless against United in eight meetings.
The last success came at the Lane in April 2001 when goals from Martin Bullock and Neil Shipperley secured a 2-1 success. That victory extended their unbeaten run against to the Blades to eight matches, a run that included three home wins. They won 2-0 at Oakwell in November 1999 thanks to a brace from Shipperley, 2-1 in April 1999 when Craig Hignett had put The Reds in front in the 14th minute but it looked like two points had been thrown away when Marcelo equalised with just four minutes remaining. Right at the death Hignett struck again however to give The Reds the points in front of 17 and a half thousand supporters. They also won 2-0 in front of the SKY cameras in the promotion season of 1996-1997. John Hendrie and Nicky Eaden on target in that game to put The Reds back into the top two in Division One.
2-1 win April 2001:
Sheff Utd: Tracey, Kozluk (Jagielka, 89 ) , Uhlenbeek, Murphy, Curle, Bullock (Montgomery, 79 ) , Ford,Devlin, Ndlovu, D'Jaffo (Suffo, 45 ) , Asaba
Subs not used: Thetis,Talia,
Barnsley: Miller, Regan, Parkin, Chettle, Barker, Bullock, Neil, Ward, Barnard, Shipperley, Dyer
Subs not used: Kay, Barrowclough, Brown, Fallon, Marriott
2-0 win November 1999:
Barnsley: Bullock, Appleby, Jones, Morgan, Barker, Eaden, Hignett (Hristov, 89 ) , Tinkler, van der Laan(McClare, 84 ) , Shipperley, Dyer (Barnard, 75 )
Subs not used: Bullock,Krizan,
Sheff Utd: Tracey, Derry, Quinn, Sandford, Hunt, Murphy, Woodhouse, Devlin ( Smeets, 73 ) , Ford (Kachouro, 45 ) , Bent, Smith
Subs not used: Kozluk, Duke, Gysbrechts,
2-1 win April 1999:
Barnsley: Bullock, Eaden, Krizan (Sheridan, 10 ) , Richardson, Jones, Appleby, Blackmore, Hignett,Sheron (Turner, 83 ) , Dyer, Bullock
Subs not used: Marcelle,
Sheff Utd: Kelly, Kozluk ( Jacobsen, 83 ) , Quinn, Woodhouse, Sandford, Tebily, Morris ( Donis, 64 ) ,Derry ( Ford, 58 ) , Marcelo, Devlin, Campbell
2-0 win March 1997:
Barnsley: Watson, Eaden, Appleby, Sheridan, Moses, De Zeeuw, Hendrie, Redfearn, Wilkinson,Marcelle, Thompson
Subs not used: Liddell,Bosancic,Bullock,
Sheff Utd: Kelly, Short, Ward, Hutchison, Nilsen, Holdsworth, White, Henry, Fjortoft, Taylor,Whitehouse ( Kachouro, 58 )
Subs not used: Sandford, Tracey,
The two sides separated by just 15 miles shared the spoils in two 1-1 draws in the 2001-2002 season but Barnsley were relegated at the end of that campaign and when they returned in 2006, the Blades were in the Premier League so there was a five year break before they met again in December 2007 and since then The Blades have had the upper hand. They won 1-0 at Bramall Lane on the 15th December 2007 courtesy of a strike from Matthew Kilgallon and then on a snowy Easter weekend in March 2008 a late effort from Billy Sharp saw The Blades achieve a double over The Reds for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
1-0 away defeat:
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cahill, Naysmith, Gillespie, Montgomery, Tonge, Carney(Hendrie, 66 ) , Sharp, Beattie (Shelton, 72 )
Subs not used: Morgan,Stead,Armstrong,
Barnsley: Muller, Nyatanga, Foster, Guedes, Campbell-Ryce, De Silva, Howard, Devaney ( Odejayi, 73 ) , Van Homoet, Ferenczi ( Mostto, 84 ) , Macken
Subs not used: Togwell, McCann, Christensen,
1-0 home defeat:
Barnsley: Steele, Foster, Nyatanga, Guedes (Van Homoet, 36 ) , Kozluk, Devaney, Howard, Hassell,Leon (Ferenczi, 83 ) , Macken, Odejayi (Nardiello, 72 )
Subs not used: Togwell,Coulson,
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Geary ( Halls, 37 ) , Morgan, Kilgallon, Naysmith, Cotterill, Speed, Tonge, Carney (Gillespie, 71 ) , Sharp, Hulse ( Beattie, 62 )
Subs not used: Stead, Ehiogu,
Like buses, the Blades supporters waited 10 years for one double over the Reds and then another came along the very next year. The 2-1 success in November 2008 will go down as one of the most controversial derby encounters ever however. On the half hour mark Chris Morgan’s elbow connected with Iain Hume’s head forcing the striker to be substituted. It later transpired that the Canadian striker required life saving surgery on a fractured skull which would keep him out of action for nine months! Even apart from this, the game was a very stormy affair as both sides ended with 10 men- Barnsley’s Anderson De Silva and United’s Ugo Ehiogu sent off for fighting in the 29th minute. The Blades won the game with a James Beattie brace; Kayode Odejayi scored a late consolation.
Barnsley: Muller, Hassell (Odejayi, 68 ) , Moore, Guedes, Kozluk, Campbell-Ryce, Colace (Rigters, 89 ) , De Silva (sent off 29), Devaney, Whaley, Hume (Mostto, 35 )
Subs not used: Leon,Van Homoet,
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Naughton, Morgan, Ehiogu(sent off 29), Quinn ( Montgomery, 87 ) , Jihai, Speed,Spring, Stokes ( Kilgallon, 32 ) , Beattie, Webber ( Halford, 73 )
Subs not used: Cotterill, Sharp,
It was another 2-1 success for the Blades the following April as The Reds again waited until they went two goals behind to stage a fightback. John Joe O’Toole and Arturo Lupoli netted in the final eight minutes before Jamal Campbell-Ryce missed a penalty and Daniel Bogdanovic scored a 90th minute consolation.
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Naughton, Morgan, Bromby, Naysmith, Halford, Montgomery, O'Toole, Cotterill(Lupoli, 70 ) , Ward, Henderson
Subs not used: Bennett,Howard,Walker,
Barnsley: Muller, Hassell, Moore, Foster, Kozluk, Teymourian, De Silva, Colace ( Bogdanovic, 84 ) ,Campbell-Ryce, Macken, Mifsud ( Hammill, 76 )
Subs not used: Steele, Guedes, Devaney,
Barnsley did manage to garner two points off the Blades last season, drawing 2-2 at Oakwell in front of the SKY cameras. Anderson struck a beauty to put The Reds in front before Darius Henderson levelled from the spot. Bogdanovic put the Reds back in front before another controversial penalty from Henderson seven minutes from time gave The Blades a point.
Then a sturdy defensive display in April saw The Reds come away from the Lane with a goal-less draw- it was one of three 0-0s that Barnsley had in that month.
2-2 home draw:
Barnsley: Steele, Kozluk, Moore, Dickinson, Shotton, Doyle, De Silva, Hammill, Colace, Macken(Hume, 75 ) , Bogdanovic (Gray, 76 )
Subs not used: Campbell-Ryce,Hallfredsson,Preece,Hassell,Thompson,
Sheff Utd: Bennett ( Bunn, 46 ) , Davies, Kilgallon ( Geary, 47 ) , Fortune, Walker, Quinn, Treacy (Camara, 79 ) , Harper, Ward, Evans, Henderson
Subs not used: Cotterill, France, Little, Williamson,
0-0 away draw:
Sheff Utd: Simonsen, Connolly (sent off 90), Morgan, Nosworthy, Stewart (Taylor, 28 ) , Quinn, Little(Williamson, 84 ) , Montgomery, Cresswell, Ward (Yeates, 39 ) , Henderson
Subs not used: Bennett,Seip,Bartley,Harper,
Barnsley: Steele, Foster, Moore, Potter, Butterfield, Doyle, Hallfredsson ( De Silva, 46 ) , Hammill,Colace, Gray, Hume ( Devaney, 83 )
Subs not used: Preece, Macken, Thompson, El Haimour,
Incidentally there has been three red cards in the last four meetings between the two sides.
Last Six Barnsley v Sheffield United results:
3/4/10 Sheffield United 0-0 Barnsley (Championship)
9/11/09 Barnsley 2-2 Sheffield United (Championship)
7/4/09 Sheffield United 2-1 Barnsley (Championship)
8/11/08 Barnsley 1-2 Sheffield United (Championship)
22/3/08 Barnsley 0-1 Sheffield United (Championship)
15/12/07 Sheffield United 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
Barnsley Wins: 24
Sheffield United Wins: 21
Barnsley Goals: 92
Sheffield United Goals: 87
Barnsley Wins: 13
Sheffield United Wins: 8
Barnsley Goals: 49
Sheffield United Goals: 36
After play-off final defeat in 2009 and missing out on the top six altogether last year by five points many Blades supporters were hoping to make it third time lucky to regain top flight status. It has though been a wretched season so far. Manager Kevin Blackwell was sacked just two games into the season after a 3-0 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers and replaced by his coach Gary Speed. It has been a real baptism of fire though for the Welshman’s first managerial role. The Blades have managed just six wins from their 19 games so far and sit in 20th position. One of their main problems has been scoring goals. United have managed just 16 this campaign- the lowest in the Championship. Results have though picked up in recent weeks, despite a 3-0 defeat at Bristol City in their last outing two weeks ago. Prior to this the Blades picked up back to back victories for only the second time this season by defeating Millwall and Crystal Palace. Their away form is also pretty decent considering their lowly position. United have won three matches on the road this season, which is only bettered by Scunthorpe of teams in the bottom half of the table. It is their form at Bramall Lane that is proving a problem. Last season they lost just three times at home but have seen five defeats on their own patch already this season.
Barnsley are also playing their first match in 14 days after their scheduled clash at Doncaster last weekend fell foul of the weather and they go into it in good form. The Reds are unbeaten in their last four outings, winning three of them and have kept clean sheets in each of their last two home matches. It is their home form that is keeping the club in touch with the top half, having won five of their 10 matches at Oakwell. They have though won just two of their last five matches in front of their own fans.
Last six 2010-2011 results:
27/11/10 Barnsley 0-0 Watford (Championship)
20/11/10 Barnsley 1-0 Portsmouth (Championship)
13/11/10 Ipswich 1-3 Barnsley (Championship)
9/11/10 Preston 1-2 Barnsley (Championship)
6/11/10 Barnsley 0-2 Leicester (Championship)
30/10/10 Barnsley 1-1 Hull (Championship)
W: 3 D: 2 L: 1 F: 7 A: 5 GD: +2 Points: 11
27/11/10 Bristol City 3-0 Sheffield United (Championship)
20/11/10 Sheffield United 3-2 Crystal Palace (Championship)
13/11/10 Millwall 0-1 Sheffield United (Championship)
10/11/10 Leicester 2-2 Sheffield United (Championship)
6/11/10 Sheffield United 1-1 Ipswich (Championship)
30/11/10 Sheffield United 0-1 Coventry (Championship)
W: 2 D: 2 L: 2 F: 7 A: 9 GD: -2 Points: 8
Friday, 10 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010