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Match Preview | Barnsley (A)

7 August 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Barnsley (A)

7 August 2023

Tranmere get their Carabao Cup campaign started away at Barnsley on Tuesday 8th August (7.45pm kick-off) at Oakwell Stadium.

After a narrow opening day league defeat at Prenton Park to Barrow, Tuesday presents Rovers with an opportunity to get their first win of the season on the board.

Strikers Luke Norris and Kristian Dennis appeared from the bench on Saturday, and will be hoping to get more minutes under their respective belts on Tuesday as they return to full match fitness.

Barnsley got off to a flying start on Saturday, beating Port Vale 7-0 to start their Sky Bet League One campaign.


Team news:

Norris and Dennis are both in contention for tomorrow’s game once again, and there remain no injuries in the squad.

Kane Hemmings is currently working on returning to full match sharpness, as mentioned by Ian Dawes in his post-match interview following Saturday afternoon’s game.


One to watch: Devante Cole

Fresh from grabbing a hat-trick against Port Vale, striker Cole will certainly be one to watch on Tuesday evening.

Son of former Manchester United player Andy Cole, Devante grabbed 16 goals in all competitions last year for Barnsley.

After coming through the academy at Manchester City, the striker took in a loan spell at Oakwell in 2014/15 before permanent spells with Bradford City, Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic.

Following short stints with Doncaster Rovers and Motherwell, the 28-year-old signed for Barnsley on a three-year deal in June 2021.

After a modest goal return of two in his first season back at Oakwell, Cole’s form set alight last year grabbing 15 in the league.

With three already to his name this year, he is certainly one to keep an eye on for this fixture.


Manager: Neill Collins

At 39 years old, Collins is another young coach embarking on his managerial career.

After an 18-year playing career which started in Scotland with Queen’s Park and then Dumbarton, Collins made the move to England with Sunderland.

The former centre-back spent most of his career in England, taking in spells with the likes of Wolves, Leeds United, and then Sheffield United where he spent most of his playing career before moving to Florida to finish his playing days with Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Collins started his management career with the Rowdies, spending five years there as a coach before being appointed Barnsley head coach on a two-year deal earlier this summer.


Match coverage: 

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Match reaction from Ian Dawes and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel. 

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