Barnsley fans have been looking forward to the visit of Newcastle United.
The Tuesday night clash sees 5,900 travelling fans and the home fans hoping that the ramped up atmosphere from both sets of supporters will wake up their team.
Promoted last season, the South Yorkshire club made a blinding start to this one as they won five of six games after losing at Ipswich on the opening day.
However, their last win on September 13 (4-0 at Wolves) has now been followed by four defeats and a draw in the next five.
Saturday’s surrender to Fulham has left many Barnsley fans fearing the worst against Newcastle, whilst others are defiant and predicting the fightback starting now against the visiting Geordie hordes.
An interesting night ahead, with Newcastle top scorers in the Championship and Barnsley third highest.
‘Can’t see us getting anything from them (Newcastle United) except a big payday.
Hecky now faces a serious test of his ability, I think he’ll be up to it but funnily enough I think he’s missing Tommy Wright,’
‘We are going to get slaughtered!!’
‘This is Barnsley though and we never do things the easy way.
I reckon we’ll get something.’
‘In time honoured tradition we will turn the humbugs over on Tuesday night.
We are Barnsley, it’s what we do .’
‘Can’t see it, we just haven’t got the quality, good job we had a good start because we are on the slide well and truly.’
‘Be unfair for me to comment on today (Barnsley 2 Fulham 4 on Saturday) as I wasn’t there, I’ll be there on Tuesday and I expect us to give Newcastle a proper game .
Big crowd under the lights against the biggest club in the league, the players will be up for this and we need to get stuck into them, press hard and get that spark back that seems to have gone missing of late .
No better game than to get back on track for me, I’m not going down the look how much more money teams have than we do game, it is what it is .
Let’s send them back up the A1 pointless and let’s start believing again.’
‘If you’d been there today you might think differently.
It really was that poor.’
‘How many players (v Fulham) had Tuesday night in mind?
They certainly weren’t at it today. Worried about who plays in midfield but hopefully the lads roll up their sleeves and give them a game.
Defeat we can take. Lack of effort we won’t accept!’
‘Our inexperienced wing-backs must be supported and cut off the Magpies wing supply,
Our midfield was totally ineffective against Fulham, Hammil looked slow and laborious and this left the naive Kpekawa wide open to be exploited.
Nothing less than total concentration and commitment will be good enough…….’
‘The worry for me on Saturday was how easy we were to open to attack, we will have 2 new midfielders, a left back who stands off his player far too much, who has no cohesion with Hammill, who, was another player who just wasn’t at the races.
I’m sorry but we are there for the taking if we perform like that again.
We need bite in midfield & strong tackling from defence, both wingers need to up their games & supply the strikers, who, had 2 chances & scored 2 great individual goals.
We aren’t out of it on Tuesday, but we will be if we play like that again.’
‘Twenty five years ago Barnsley, under Mel Machin, beat Ossie Ardiles’ Newcastle 3-0.
We were in control from the first minute to the last and, in the end, the scoreline flattered them. All our goals were scored in the first half (Andy Rammell, Wayne Bullimore, Mark Robinson) at the Kop end. If anything, we played even better in the second half.
Unfortunately, Newcastle’s goalie Tommy Wright (the current St. Johnstone manager) had an absolute blinder. It was as good a performance from David Currie as I ever saw him play for us, without actually getting on the score sheet.
I’m not for a second suggestion it’ll happen again tomorrow night. But it’s nice for this old bugger to reminisce over such games.’
‘Think they were in the bottom 3 at the time and were in a right mess and you are right about the chances we missed or Wright saved, could have been a cricket score.
The return fixture we drew 1-1 in Keegan’s second home game in charge in front of 30 thousand, double what they had been pulling for home fixtures up to that point in the season.’
‘I remember a Newcastle team in the mid 80s on a midweek match thumping us 5-0.
Think it was when they had the likes of Keegan, Waddle, McDermott n Varadi playing for them.’
‘Not giving Newcastle another 1,300 or so tickets has killed the crowd too. Should have been looking at 20k but be lucky to get 18k now.’
‘I think this will be the last match where the club will be riding on last season’s promotion momentum.
All I see is an easy win for Newcastle sadly with the team as thin as it is.
There’ll be 14 thousand home fans there, 3 thousand will be part timers who won’t come again till Wednesday come to tarn. So when we lose 3-0 the knives will be out. Hecky will be under pressure due to criticism from folk who only last saw us at Wembley.
Hopefully we get something but if we don’t I hope the club doesn’t listen to those part timers who think they know it all.’
‘Well its a nailed on certainty we will lose this one – Newcastle in fine form scoring for fun, Our defence is as watertight as a sieve, we have hit a losing streak with only 1 point from the last 12, so I’m going to go for a 1-0 win for us.’
(Score and attendance predictions from Barnsley Fans)
1-0 (17,500 – recent run has killed a 19/20k crowd)