Barnsley fan Owen Scrimshaw writes:
The squad, who have struggled for the past 3-4 season's is struggling, and an injection of new players to freshen things up is required, and two loan players recently signed from premier league clubs should feature on Saturday. One of the biggest problems recently has been the ability to find the back of the net. In games we have had the majority of the play, without threatening the goal. It should be interesting to see on Saturday, how former reds player, Ben Alnwick performs against his former employees, especially after he left without getting much of an opportunity at oakwell.
Concerns have been raised as to how the pitch will perform on Saturday, we understand it has been suffering with the recent weather, and it may not favour the passing game that we do try to play and not favour our more skilful players. Players to watch are difficult to predict at Barnsley at the moment, Jim O'Brien is a hard working industrious winger, who can change a game (re Ipswich away this season), whilst the Derry Pele, Paddy McCourt, has some skill and one flash of brilliance could find the goal. Thomas Cwyka is another exciting prospect from the wing, and can certainly strike a good free kick.
We have performed well in the last two away games, and with fans and the manager expecting a reaction after the FA Cup capitulation we saw against Coventry on Saturday I can see a tight game with few goals. Based on our recent visits to the Valley. I can see the reds sneaking a one goal win, with Cwyka scoring another cracking free kick
Charlton have struggled a bit this season for consistency and seem to be struggling for goals. Charlton have not won many games this season, but that is still more than Barnsley. Like Barnsley and most of the clubs in the lower half of the league, the championship seems to be split into two leagues, the richer clubs with big benefactors who seem intent in ignoring the financial fair play rules, and clubs like ours that are trying to operating within the spirit of the rules. Charlton have recently been bought by new owners, and it will be interesting to see what happens with signings and developments on here pitch this season.
Key players potentially for Charlton could be strikers Marvin Sordell and Simon Church who could cause Barnsley's fragile defence some problems.