Who Barnsley boss Valérien Ismaël has pinpointed as Sheffield Wednesday's three main threats

Barnsley go into this weekend’s South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday as big favourites, on a run of nine wins in 10 that has seen them rise to fifth in the Championship table.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 6:30 pm

Tykes boss Valérien Ismaël watched their defeat to Norwich on Sunday from the stands at S6 and said he is wary of the threat Wednesday pose, despite a horror run of nine matches without a win.

“I saw them against Norwich, I was in the stadium and it was important for me to have a clear picture,” he said. “Since the new manager is there I think they changed their shape, their way to play football and you recognise already his touch.

“We know what is going on but Sheffield is a quality team, very good players in the team to compete at that level. Especially against Norwich, especially the first half was very good, and that’s why it will be another fight, another big performance we need to stay aware, to be focused, to start the game like Wycombe.”

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Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael has pinpointed three Sheffield Wednesday players as threats ahead of this weekend's South Yorkshire derby.

“[Barry] Bannan is the key player for them. He controls everything in the middle. [Adam] Reach makes a very good performance, they try to keep their intensity high and I think [Kadeem] Harris is a big threat as well, so there is big quality in the squad.

“They can play at a high level and in one game they can show their quality. We concentrate, focus, be aware of the strength of the opponent but will force our game and force our determination to get the points.”

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