Tykes need to be on their mettle against Iron

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Fixtures between Barnsley and Scunthorpe United have been few and far between. In fact there have only been 26 League fixtures over the years. 

Part of the reason for this is that the Iron have only been in the Football League for 60 years. It was not until the 1953-54 season in the old Division Three (North) that the first fixture took place between the clubs. Tykes fans should look away now as the game ended 6-0 to Scunthorpe. 

Of the 13 away fixtures with the North Lincolnshire team, the Tykes have won three. The last was during the 1978-79 season when the Reds secured a 1-0 win in the old Fourth Division.

However, the three victories were all achieved at Scunthorpe’s previous home the Old Showground. Unfortunately, Barnsley are yet to win at Glanford Park in their three visits to the Iron’s current home. 

In the fixture in February this year, the Reds looked to have earned themselves a point. Gary Hooper had put the home team ahead on 50 minutes, only for Daniel Bogdanovic to bring the Tykes level. Then in the fifth minute of injury time, Paul Hayes popped up to break Barnsley hearts with a late, late winner. 

Scunthorpe are currently going through a period of change as new boss Ian Barraclough settles into the role after Nigel Adkins' departure to Southampton.

The Tykes should be encouraged that Scunthorpe have had a very mixed start to the season at home, having already lost to Norwich and Bristol City at Glanford Park. Although The Iron had a useful draw on Saturday at home against high-flying Ipswich Town. 

The Reds have picked up injuries from the Reading game, with Jay McEveley definitely not available and Garry O’Connor a doubt. His fitness will be assessed after treatment on Monday. Good news is that Kieran Trippier returns to the squad after missing the trip to The Madjeski. 

Mark Robins expects that whatever his starting line-up on Tuesday, that group of players know they have to improve on the Reading performance. 

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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