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16 March 2017

Our guide to The Tykes

NORWICH City host Barnsley on Saturday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against at Carrow Road this weekend.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has warned his side to expect a stern challenge when they face Norwich City on Saturday.

"Norwich will still believe they can make the play-offs," the former Canaries defender told the media on Thursday morning.

"They have some real firepower and we have to be wary of it. It's a great place for us to go, a full house and another big game for us.

"It's one we're looking forward to playing in but it's just three points. That's all we want, it's the same every week regardless of who the opposition are."

Norwich City fell to a 2-1 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Oakwell earlier this season back in December.

An underwhelming first half display from the Canaries saw them 2-0 down at the break, with Tom Bradshaw and Conor Hourihane netting for the hosts.

City noticeably improved in the second half, pulling a goal back seven minutes after the restart through Nelson Oliveira's low drive from distance.

The visitors pushed for a leveller but were unable to salvage a point from the contest, with Graham Dorrans and Jacob Murphy going closest to changing that.

Barnsley were founded in 1887 by Reverend Tiverton Preedy, who himself had ties to Norfolk having been born in Hunstanton some 24 years earlier.

Initially operating under the name of 'Barnsley St. Peter's', they have resided at their current home of Oakwell since 1888.

In 2016 they achieved the notable honour of lifting two trophies at Wembley in a single season, winning the Football League Trophy before triumphing in the Sky Bet League One play-off final.

Earning promotion to the second tier meant a return to familiarity for the South Yorkshire side, having spent more seasons (76) at that level of English football than any other club in history.

Finally, the youngest player in Football League history, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, made his Barnsley debut in 2008 against Ipswich Town at the age of just 15 years and 45 days.

Goalkeepers: Adam Davies, Nick Townsend, Jack Walton.

Defenders: Aidan White, Marc Roberts, Angus MacDonald, Andy Yiadom, Adam Jackson, Cole Kpekawa, Saidy Janko, Jack Cowgill, Gethin Jones, Louis Wardle, Callum Elder. 

Midfielders: Josh Scowen, Adam Hammill, George Moncur, Marley Watkins, Sessi D'Almeida, Jacob Brown, Alex Mowatt, Ryan Williams, Ryan Hedges, Matty James, Jared Bird, Josh Kay. 

Forwards: Elliot Lee, Kayden Jackson, Tom Bradshaw, Adam Armstrong, Ryan Kent, 

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