LIVE at LAOLA1 – Struber with Barnsley before play-off

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Day X awaits coach Gerhard Struber and the ÖFB trio Michael Sollbauer, Marcel Ritzmaier and Patrick Schmidt with FC Barnsley.

On the last day of the English Championship, the motto of the away game at Brentford in the fight against relegation is “win or fly”. But that is easier said than done, because with the “Bees” the team from Struber faces the team currently third in the table this evening, which could rise with a win and of course with the help of rival QPR.

LAOLA1 broadcasts the Brentford duel against Barnsley this Wednesday – at 8:30 p.m. – LIVE.

Tricky starting point

The “Tykes” are in front of the 46th and last matchday with 46 points from 45 games on the 23rd and penultimate place in the championship table. The saving bank is only two points away, but a total of five teams are fighting against relegation, including Wigan Athletic.

The team with which ex-ÖFB team player Paul Scharner sensationally won the FA Cup in 2013 is currently in 13th place with 58 points, but could slide into the relegation zone due to a deduction of 12 points due to the opening of insolvency proceedings. The point deduction is only effective at the end of the season, but Wigan would already be third last in the “adjusted” table, two points behind a non-relegation place. There is not yet a relegation that is already established.

Location for Hull City is hopeless

Nevertheless, the situation for the bottom of the table from Hull is hopeless. The “Tigers” are three points from the saving bank, Wigan and Barnsley should not win. Luton or Charlton would have to lose to somehow lift the bottom of the table towards relegation. Should Luton score, Hull would have to hope for a high defeat by Charlton, the goal difference of -27 is devastating compared to the “Latics” (-11).

Barnsley needs a Blackburn win and point win against Luton on matchday one. From the point of view of the “Tykes”, Wigan must not win against Fulham, who can also advance directly.

Wigan needs a win against Fulham and a point loss from Charlon or Luton.

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spaceTeamGoal differencePoints
18.Middlesbrough-1450
19.Birmingham City-1950
20.Charlton Athletic-1148
21.Luton Town-2948
22.Wigan Athletic+146*
23.Barnsley-2146
24.Hull City-2745



* 12 point deduction for opening insolvency proceedings.


Rescue in “Struber table”

Thanks to Patrick Schmidt’s victory against Nottingham Forest in the third minute of stoppage time, Barnsley pulled his head out of the loop on the previous day and secured the “final” against Brentford.

The former WAC trainer Struber has been with the “Tykes” since the end of November and has been fighting against the case in third class since his beginning. When the 43-year-old took office, Barnsley only had nine points after 16 games and was also in 23rd place at the time.

Barnsley is 29 penultimate again 29 games later, but the positive influence on the results of the “Tykes” since Struber has been on the bridge is evident.

The Salzburg player scored 37 points in his 29 games with Barnsley. In the “Struber table”, which only takes into account all games since the Austrian took office, this would be 14th. The cushion on the relegation zone would be nine points. A comfortable relegation like the one outlined would have been a sensation for the newcomer.

Defensive bulwark Sollbauer

Struber, who led Wolfsberger AC to the Europa League before joining Barnsley, brought two kickers from Lavanttal to the city north of Sheffield during his first transfer time: Michael Sollbauer and Marcel Ritzmaier.

Even before Struber’s arrival, attacker Schmidt and goalkeeper Samuel Sahin-Radlinger were under contract with the “Tykes”. The latter, however, had to leave the club on June 30 after the contract had expired.

Central defender Sollbauer is attributed a large part to the fact that Barnsley still has the chance to stay in the league. The 30-year-old was in the starting line-up straight away and did not miss a minute in the championship under Struber. More importantly, the “Tykes” remained clean sheets in eight of the 16 games played by target builders.

Ritzmaier was still unable to score a scorer point for Barnsley, but was consistently on the pitch for the Struber team.

Patrick Schmidt, who came at the beginning of the season, was rarely able to convince this season. Schmidt only made two jumps this season, but was brought on 28 times and scored three goals, two of them essential for Barnsley.

On matchday 23, the Eisenstadt player scored in the fourth minute of added time to win 2-1 against Millwall, his next goal was the Lucky Punch against Nottingham Forest in the penultimate round.


A tough nut to finish

With Brentford, Barnsley has a particularly difficult opponent in front of his chest in the decisive last game of the season. The “Bees” are in third place with 81 points, one point behind West Bromwich Albion and can even make the direct ascent with a win and loss of the “Baggies”.

So difficult signs for Struber and his kickers.

The defeat of Brentford at Stoke is a glimmer of hope. The “Potters” got rid of their relegation worries with a 1-0 win over Brentford and at the same time ended an eight game winning streak of the team from West London.

The “Tykes” lost the last duel between Barnsley and Brentford 1-3 in September 2019. There was Struber, whose contract also applies to relegation to the 3rd level, but was not yet in office.

Salzburg, who has long made a name for himself in England, is combative before the season finale: “The team and the coaching staff know the quality of our team. Everyone will fight and do their best and believe that we will stay in the league can.”

The “Tykes” were not in the relegation zone for the last time on Matchday 11. Coming out there on the last match day would be a football wonder.

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