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Andreas Winkler On Blackpool FC

14 August 2018

The Reds number two gave us his thoughts ahead of the Carabao Cup tie.

Ahead of our trip to Blackpool on Tuesday evening, Barnsley Assistant Head Coach Andreas Winkler insists his side are aiming to secure a place in the next round of the Carabao Cup. 

The Reds have come flying out of the blocks and currently top the League One table after two games, having comfortably beaten Oxford United and Bradford City without conceding a goal.

Winkler wants to keep this winning momentum, and will be encouraging his players to maintain their early season form at Bloomfield Road.

“We don’t think about whether it’s a league or cup match; we want to win every match and get used to this rhythm of Saturday-Tuesday,” said Winkler. “Everyone knows the second or third round is a very attractive opponent, and we want to play in Manchester or Liverpool so we want to win this match.”

Blackpool followed up their opening day draw at newly-promoted Wycombe Wanderers with a 2-1 defeat at home to Portsmouth. 

Ronan Curtis scored twice for Pompey either side of the interval, while the Seasiders hit back through a Matthew Clarke own goal nine minutes from time. 

Despite the result – and the departure of Gary Bowyer – Winkler is not anticipating an easy game, but believes that his side are well prepared for their Carabao Cup first round clash on the Lancashire coast. 

“If the manager has left then all of the players know they will have to show their best performance for the new coach,” continued the Reds’ Assistant. “It doesn’t matter if it’s just a caretaker coach. I don’t think it’ll be easy to play just because the manager left.

“They’re a good team – they don’t have the style we have but they know how to win matches. They’ll know how to compete with us, but we have also prepared well for this game and I think it will be an interesting match.”

Victor Adeboyejo could be in contention for his first Barnsley start at Bloomfield Road, as he looks to continue his fine start to the new campaign.

The young striker has scored in both his substitute appearances against Oxford and Bradford, and has impressed the first team coaching staff following his step up from the U23s this season.

“Victor has lots of potential,” admitted Winkler. “If you come on as a substitute and have an impact like he has – not only the two goals – everyone saw, he can retain possession for the team too. He’s composed on the ball and he impressed me a lot.

“From the first day he showed that he is part of the squad; we knew a lot about him when we came and were aware of his talent. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. As a young player, sometimes it is easier to be a substitute and come in but, right now, we know he could be in the starting eleven.”


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