AHEAD of #QPRBAR on Saturday, we take a closer look at our visitors Barnsley.
QPR will be looking to continue their undefeated run when they host The Tykes this weekend. The R’s are undefeated in their last six games and a dramatic 3-1 win last time out away at Preston North End will only help grow Mark Warburton’s side's confidence as Rangers welcome the Yorkshire club to W12.
The arrival of Austrian manager Gerhard Struber in November has seemingly lifted the Oakwell outfit as they look to finish the season above the drop zone. Following promotion from League One in the summer, the Barnsley faithful knew that this campaign was going to be a tough one and the departure of three major players in the summer months only increased the task at hand.
However, when Mark Warburton’s side faced Barnsley back in December, the R’s discovered first-hand the attacking threat the Tykes can possess with Conor Chaplin’s hat-trick helping seal a 5-3 victory for Struber’s men.
Barnsley head into this one on the back of a tough result against play-off chasing Cardiff City, whilst the R’s secured all three points at Deepdale. The Tykes currently prop up the table but are only a handful of points off of 21st place.
In recent years, Rangers have performed well against Barnsley with the R’s winning three out of their last six games against the Reds.
Come the final whistle on May 2nd, Barnsley will be hoping to avoid the drop and survive in the Sky Bet Championship for another season. Gerhard Struber’s side are currently rooted to the foot of the table but the Tykes know that if they can string a run of positive results together then they can avoid the dreaded drop.
Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin have provided them with the goals that they have needed to claim some vital victories in their quest for survival and, since the arrival of Struber, Barnsley have strengthened defensively as well.
Barnsley 1-0 Middlesbrough 22nd February 2020
In late February, Conor Chaplin’s late strike was enough to seal a vital victory over relegation rivals Middlesbrough as the race to avoid the drop intensified.
After a positive result against promotion chasing Fulham the week before, Gerhard Struber’s side headed into this vital clash with extra confidence.
In what was a relatively even game, Lewis Wing went close for Boro with a free-kick that deflected just wide, but it was Chaplin who was to claim all three points for the Tyles with his 73rd minute left footed strike giving Barnsley the slimmest but most important victories.
23-year-old striker Chaplin arrived at Oakwell in the summer from League One side Coventry City, following an impressive spell at the Sky Blues. Chaplin, who made his name at Portsmouth, has become a key figure for the Tykes, with the young striker being their second top goal scorer this season, only coming in behind Cauley Woodrow.
Following five years at Fratton Park, Chaplin moved to Coventry City, following a successful loan spell that saw him help the Sky Blues achieve Play-off promotion back to League one. Chaplin took the step up to the Championship this summer and it is something the young striker has relished, chipping in with an impressive 12 goals already this season.