IT’S hard to believe it’s more than six years since our last meeting with Barnsley.
And believe me, our defeat in the League I play-off semi-final still rankles!
We played really well at their place to gain a 1-0 advantage through Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
But it all went badly wrong back at ours, when they won 3-1 to book a final clash with Swansea at the Millennium Stadium.
I still think it should have been us that went through.
We should have been more than a goal to the good from the first leg.
Perhaps we were that little bit complacent in the second, but we still got it back to 2-2 on aggregate when Jon Worthington scored, and from there, we should have gone on to win, but ended up losing 3-1.
Barnsley went on to beat Swansea on penalties in the final, and they’ve been in the Championship ever since, something we need to emulate having finally got out of League I after so long trying.
It will be good to go back to Oakwell on Saturday, and there’s always an edge to games between their pair of us.
It’s seldom an easy ground to visit – the crowd are close up and it can be quite partisan – but we’ll take plenty of support over there, including all those doing the Walk For Pounds 2 to raise funds for the Keep It Up campaign.
Having done such a good job at Rochdale, Keith Hill has built a strong Barnsley side who are capable of beating anyone in the division on their day – but then so are we!
JORDAN RHODES will be back in town tomorrow – and I’m sure you’ll give him a great reception!
He deserves it in my opinion because he was a superb player for Huddersfield Town on the pitch and a fantastic ambassador off it.
You’d have to go a long way to meet a nicer bloke, and one who conducts himself so well, but when he gets out on the field, he’s still a ruthless finisher.
When Neil Warnock was managing Town, he used to get on at me to develop a nastier side to my nature, but Jordan proves you don’t have to be that way to succeed.
You seldom see him commit fouls or get booked, yet just look at his goalscoring record.
I played alongside a lot of different strikers, but Jordan has to be right up there in terms of his ability.