Q&A With Barnsley

  • April 13, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Barnsley on Saturday for a relegation six-pointer, in which the winners will surely cement their place in the Championship next season.

Those are the views of Tykes supporter Gary Tedford (@athersleyredsSB), who spoke to us ahead of the weekend clash between the two sides at Oakwell.

In the following Q&A interview, Gary shares his views on Barnsley's ongoing struggles under the guidance of Jose Morais, why Phil Parkinson has done a good job in spite of Wanderers' league position, as well as why the outcome of the game could well decide who drops into League One at the end of the campaign.

Q: Barnsley were forced into appointing a new manager earlier in the season but unlike clubs such as Birmingham City and Hull City, the Tykes have failed to kick on under the guidance of Jose Morais. Having joined the club with somewhat of a decent reputation, are you surprised with your recent poor form?

A: I am a little, as I thought he would have got the players going and up for the fight.

In his first few games, his team selections were all over the place. He now seems to know his best 11 when everybody is fit, and we have been playing a lot better in the last few games.

Q: Like Barnsley, Bolton have assembled a squad on a miniscule budget and have struggled to compete in a division which is now rife with money. Having got Wanderers promoted whilst under an embargo and still yet to spend a penny on transfers since his appointment in June 2016, what have you made of the job Phil Parkinson has done at Macron Stadium?

A: As you say, it's been done on a miniscule budget so you have to praise him for that.

It's not easy, even with money, to stay in this league so that makes the job he's done even better.

Bolton, like Barnsley, may be down at the bottom of table, but for me he's done a good job.

Q: In Tom Bradshaw, the Tykes have a forward with a return of 12 goals - of which just one has arrived since the turn of the year. Having scored in the reverse fixture back in December, is he likely to be a threat once again or should Parkinson be keeping tabs on somebody else?

A: I hope so, although Oli McBurnie and Kieffer Moore are starting games now so I think Bradshaw will be on the bench on Saturday.

We have a good front line, but just seem to be lacking luck in front of goal.

Q: Switching things around - if Bolton are to improve on a record of just one away league win, who do you expect to pose the biggest challenge to your hopes of victory?

Q: I know he's been around for a while now, but Sammy Ameobi is a very good player and will be one to watch.

Adam Le Fondre is also a very good player, so big Liam Lindsay will need to keep tabs on him.

Q: With the relegation battle really beginning to heat up, who do you think will be playing their football in League One next season? Can both clubs survive or will either - or both - make the drop in the coming weeks?

A: I hope we both beat the drop but deep down I think whoever wins on Saturday will be safe, as it will give them a lift and they can kick on.

That will leave whoever doesn't win, along with Birmingham City, Sunderland and Burton Albion.

Birmingham have the hardest run-in on paper, so I think it's going to go to the last day of season.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: It's going to be a very tight game, but I'm going to go with 2-1 to Barnsley.

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