We’ll be back in business in a minute as the Reds are heading south on Tuesday evening to meet Watford on the hunt for commercials during the week.

We got a quick chance to put the weekend disappointment behind us when Barnsley drove to Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening to face Watford at 7.45pm.

The 2-0 loss on Saturday night in Oakwell to the division’s second-placed team, Swansea City, brought the Reds to a second straight defeat since the beginning of 2021.

That night, dubious goals from Ben Cabango and Jamal Lowe (the visitors’ only goals) sufficed for the Swans as they completed a league double against Valérien Ismaël’s side.

That followed our loss to leaders Norwich City in our last away game when the top two in the Sky Bet Championship proved too much for a Barnsley side just on the verge of the playoffs.

There’s no shame in losing to such opposition, but Ismaël will be hoping for an answer when he brings the Reds to Hertfordshire to face the Hornets.

Watford is the only team in the current top 6 to beat the Reds so far this season. A 1-0 win at Oakwell on Halloween at the start of Valérien’s reign.

They’re in fifth place right now, having seen Huddersfield Town on Vicarage Road in their last game, and they have a fairly new coach at the Hornets dugout in Xisco Muñoz.

The Spaniard arrived just before Christmas and has so far won two games and drawn two of his responsible games.

Our hosts also lost to Swansea on their last road trip on Tuesday night, but they scored a shock victory on Boxing Day, beating Norwich 1-0 on Vicarage Road.

While their away form is a bit inconsistent, they have only lost once on home soil. That was a 1-0 loss to Cardiff City, where ex-Red Kieffer Moore scored a first-half winner.

That already mentioned win against the Hornets in October was Barnsley’s 21st in that game, with Watford also celebrating 21 wins. But it’s been 13 years since we beat the Golden Boys away from home.

It was a 3-0 win in 2008 with goals from Kayode Odejayi (x2) and Stephen Foster giving us a fantastic week-end win on the road to safety this season.

We’ll be reporting live and non-stop from Watford on iFollow Barnsley just before kick-off, with comments from our internal media and communications team.