North End head to Oakwell on Tuesday night looking for back-to-back wins and for a return to the top six, however, it will be a tough task against Gerhard Struber’s Barnsley.
Prior to Saturday’s late defeat against Bristol City, the Tykes’ only defeat in their last seven games, had been a tight 2-1 loss to Wayne Rooney’s Derby County, and even in that and the loss to the Robins, they were the better side.
The German has done an excellent job since his arrival in South Yorkshire and the Lilywhites face a very different Barnsley to the one that visited Deepdale back in October.
For Alex Neil, he is looking for his team to build on the win over Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic at the weekend and will hope to welcome back talisman midfielder and former Barnsley man Ben Pearson after illness.
If he is available, with Daniel Johnson having got through more than 80 minutes at the weekend, after six weeks on the sidelines, it will give the PNE boss options, should he wish to freshen things up for the second game in a few short days.
For Your Information
Match Details: Barnsley v Preston North End, Oakwell, Tuesday 21st January 2020, kick-off 7.45pm
Competition: EFL Championship (29/46)
PNE colours: Home kit, green goalkeeper
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Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…
Ticket Information: Tickets remain on sale for Tuesday night's clash with Barnsley at Oakwell, with over 350 tickets sold so far to North End fans. Click here for more information.
Match Officials: Taking charge of Tuesday’s trip to Barnsley will be a match official who last refereed a North End game relatively recently. Click here for details of who it is.
Alex Neil Previews Trip To Former Club: Preston North End manager Alex Neil is looking forward to taking his side back to one of his former stomping grounds, when the Lilywhites face Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday night. Click here for the manager’s full interview.
Daniel Johnson Glad To Be Back: Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson enjoyed his return to the team in Saturday’s win over Charlton Athletic and is looking for more of the same at Oakwell on Tuesday night. Click here for more from DJ.