After Saturday’s win over Brentford, it is a quick turn around for Barnsley v Newcastle on Tuesday night.
Ahead of the game, both Barnsley management and players say they can’t wait for the game to come around.
Manager Paul Heckingbottom says that it will be ‘fantastic’ to welcome ‘6,000 singing Geordies’ to Oakwell but hopes the home supporters will drown them out…
Promoted last May, Heckingbottom says that sell-out games like this one against Newcastle is ‘why we got promoted’.
The Barnsley boss bemoaned their defending on Saturday, twice ahead against Fulham they eventually lost 4-2 and this makes it four defeats and a draw in their last five matches, following a very good start to the season.
Barnsley star Marley Watkins is another who is really looking forward to tomorrow’s game, saying that he grew up watching Newcastle United and the fact that they are now Barnsley’s opponents is ‘amazing’.
No doubt the opposition will be up for it in front of what looks sure to be their biggest crowd of the season, so hopefully Newcastle will repeat Saturday’s start and grab a couple of early goals and grab control of the match.
Really looking forward to this, should be a class atmosphere in the away end!
“It’s why we got promoted, to play in sell-out games like this.
“It will be fantastic with 6,000 Geordies singing and, hopefully, we will be outsinging them two to one.
“We need to be much better (against Newcastle) than we were against Fulham and stop conceding silly goals.
“Conceding so early after our second goal was disappointing, if we’d seen it through to half-time, we’d have been prepared and had a lead to hold on to.”
Barnsley player Marley Watkins:
“It is a big game but I watched them growing up, a big club like Newcastle, and now they are our opponents it’s amazing.
“We need to put things right and Tuesday is a massive opportunity for us to do that.”