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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Thompson Happy With Home start


Thompson happy with home start 

Beaten division 3 play off finalist Barnsley will start season 9 with a home game against Warren Livesey's Dagenham & Redbridge. The Tykes have a decent record of late against the Daggers winning the previous two fixtures by the same 3-0 scoreline and manager Steve Thompson will be hoping for more of the same as he looks to make it third time lucky in his quest for promotion from division three.Following the Dagenham game Thompson's men face a tough looking trip to recently relegated and promotion favourites Wolverhampton Wanderers who are managed by the experienced Welshman Aidan Radford before then returning to Oakwell to tackle newly promoted Shrewsbury Town. Barnsley have received a bye in the 1st round of the English cup but have been handed a tough looking home fixture against Ipswich Town in the English shield 1st round.

In preparation for the opening game Thompson and his men welcomed Rochdale to Oakwell in a friendly fixture tonight and it was the Tykes who ran out winners with the final score 4-2 in front of 4,941. Goals from Steven Pienaar, Marko Arnautovic and Maxi Lopez x2 proved enough whilst goals from Barcello Taison and Jackson Martinez had twice got Rochdale back on level terms before the Tykes grew in strength 2nd half.

After the game Barnsley manager Steve Thompson gave his reaction to the release of the new fixtures.

"You always want to kick off your season at home so i have to be delighted with that People will be expecting us to steamroll Dagenham but i see it being a very difficult game and we will not be taking them lightly. The new season brings fresh hope to every side and Warren will be bringing his team to Oakwell looking for a positive result and build on from last season.

The boys are looking in good shape as tonight's result suggest. I have said to use the play off final defeat as motivation and looks towards becoming champions rather than another play off campaign and they have took that on board. We have used a new formation and way of playing and it looks to be coming along nicely. Last season we were fine defensively but sometimes lacked upfront this coming season i feel we need to become a little more expansive and take a few more risk as all good teams do"