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PREVIEW: BARNSLEY (H)

1 September 2015

The Iron welcome Barnsley for the second time this season as the sides go head-to-head in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

United will be looking to beat the Tykes, who knocked them out in the Capital One Cup at the beginning of August.

Manager Mark Robins will hope to continue the form that his side have shown at Glanford Park this season, with the Iron yet to concede a home goal in League One.

Meanwhile, Lee Johnson will hope to use the cup as a catalyst for Barnsley’s season, which has seen mixed fortunes so far.

They suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Rochdale in their last outing, but proved against Premier League side Everton that they have the potential to trouble a lot of teams.


Mark Robins confirmed after the Colchester clash on Saturday that he would be likely to “freshen things up,” which could see some changes to his side.

The Iron boss is likely to hand a chance to some of the players in his squad who have not featured heavily this campaign, and is keen to progress.

Robins will definitely be without long-term absentees Niall Canavan and Luke Williams, while Tuesday’s game could see Jamie Ness continue to sit out.




On-loan Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley has started the season impressively and has shown exactly why he is so highly rated by Arsene Wenger.

The midfielder joined the Gunners’ academy from Aston Villa and broke into the under 21 side last season, making a great impact.

He scored five times in 20 appearances, prompting Wenger to take the 18-year-old on the first team tour of Singapore.

Crowley caught the eye of a lot of sides over the summer, with several Championship teams also reported to be interested in signing the youngster on loan.

The midfielder links up with Barnsley until January though, where he will hope to impress his parent club and also continue his early season form.



The Iron lost 7-6 on penalties as they crashed out of the Capital One Cup at the first round, earlier in the season.

The game finished 1-1 after extra-time, with both sides finding the net in normal time from the spot.

Barnsley had a penalty in the first half, which was excellently saved by Joe Anyon, but Josh Scowen gave the visitors the lead just minutes into the second half.

It was not long before the Iron had a penalty of their own though, and Paddy Madden calmly drilled it down the middle to level the score.

That was how it stayed for the remainder of the tie, with an extra half an hour still not finding a winner between the sides.

The game went to penalties and was eventually decided when Sean McAllister fired over with the shootout in sudden death, after eight penalties apiece.



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