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10 January 2021 Venue Oakwell Attendance

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Match Preview: Barnsley

8 January 2021

Tranmere Rovers turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup this weekend with a trip to Barnsley in the third round of the cup competition.

Rovers have reached this round of the tournament by defeating Accrington Stanley and Brackley Town. This will be the third consecutive year that Tranmere will play in this stage of the Emirates FA Cup.

Team news

Keith Hill has reported that some of his squad are due to miss out through both injury and Covid-19 issues.

In his press conference he said: “We’re suffering from injury, illness and Covid issues. That presents a challenge for us in itself but also an opportunity for players who haven’t been playing on a regular basis as well as some younger professionals”

Match officials

Referee: Oliver Langford

Assistant Referees: Matthew McGrath & Philip Dermott

Fourth Official: Scott Oldham

One to watch

Striker, Cauley Woodrow.

Coming through the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur and Luton Town, Woodrow is a striker with plenty of pedigree. 

His senior career really kick started with Fulham as he signed a two year contract on his 17th birthday. He made his Premier League debut in 2014 and netted his first top flight goal on the final day of that season.

The 26 year old gained EFL experience whilst on loan at several Championship clubs including Barnsley where he bagged four goals in 10 games during the loan spell.

That deal was made permanent in 2019 and there has been no looking back for the forward who is now an important player for the Oakwell side and often a key source of goals.

Match coverage

The match will be shown live on The FA Player. This will be free of charge and is available to watch on their website by clicking here.

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TRFC Radio commentators Phill Wilkinson and Rob Edwards will be in place at Oakwell to give you live updates on proceedings as they happen on iFollow. Audio passes are available for just £2.50 by clicking here.

Social media - 

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

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Match Reports

Report: Barnsley 2-0 Tranmere

10 January 2021

Tranmere Rovers' FA Cup journey ended in the third round with a 2-0 loss at Championship Play-Off hopefuls Barnsley. 

The Tykes scored midway through the second half and added a second from the penalty spot late into added time, but Rovers went toe to toe with the team placed two leagues higher, and created a number of goal scoring opportunities in Yorkshire. 

Tranmere handed a first start of the season for centre back George Ray, whilst Lee O'Connor, Manny Monthe and Otis Khan returned to the starting eleven.

It was a tight affair in the opening 15 minutes with the ball mainly contested in the middle of the pitch, with Barnsley seeing more of possession but Rovers showing signs they can get behind the Championship defence. 

The first goal scoring opportunity presented itself through former Portsmouth man, Conor Chaplin, as he picked up a stray Tranmere pass to drive an effort wide of the left hand post.

However, it was Rovers who had the best goal scoring opportunity in the early exchanges at Oakwell. A deep free kick from returning Barnsley man, Khan, picked out an unmarked Kaiyne Woolery, who had cleverly stepped away from his marker, but his header was tame and resulted in an easy collection for Brad Collins.

A clever team move from Barnsley created an opening on the left hand side, after some quick one touch passes, but a combination of a block from a Rovers defender and Scott Davies prevented the hosts from going ahead.

Cauley Woodrow put a header wide in the 35th minute, after Tranmere handed possession to the hosts on the half way mark, as Barnsley began to sustain some pressure, but Rovers still looked a threat on the counter.

Rovers were so close to taking the lead in the dying embers of the first half, a big opportunity as Woolery left Mads Anderson behind with his blistering pace to put in a cross for James Vaughan, but his shot was well saved by the goalkeeper.

A great goalscoring opportunty started the second period for Rovers as Paul Lewis picked out Woolery's run on the right. Driving into the penalty box, the winger hit a low ball but it evaded the strike force of Vaughan and Morgan Ferrier.

A nice team move saw Barnsley take the lead on the hour mark as Michal Helnik headed home after a corner routine. 

Rovers made their first change a few minutes later, as Corey Blackett-Taylor came on to replace Ferrier. 

An equaliser nearly followed for the visitors, as a free-kick was yet again met by Woolery at the back post but our number 14 hit over the cross bar.

A second change saw academy graduate Jake Burton come on for Liam Ridehalgh, with the latter sustaining an injury. It resulted in a change of formation too, with Burton a striker as TRFC went three at the back in an attempt to get back into the tie in Yorkshire.

The third change saw Khan come off for Kieron Morris as Rovers continued to find an equaliser with just 11 minutes to go. 

Tranmere had a couple of late chances but Barnsley were awarded a spot kick in added time, which was converted by Woodrow as the score finished 2-0 to the Championship side. 

The next match for Rovers is at home to Wednesday evening in the Papa John's Trophy against Leicester City U21s. The game is available to watch on iFollow for just £10 by CLICKING HERE. 

Tranmere: Davies, O'Connor, Ray, Monthe, Ridehalgh (Burton 75), Spearing, Lewis, Khan (Morris 79), Woolery, Ferrier (Blackett-Taylor 66), Vaughan. Unused subs: Murphy, Ellis, Hayde, Nugent, Banks. 

The match report is sponsored by MAIN.

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