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Stendel: "We must play 100% from the start."

27 August 2018

The Reds' Head Coach gave his reaction to Saturday's 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe United, a result that maintained Barnsley's unbeaten start to the 2018/19 season in Sky Bet League One.

The Reds had to fight back from two goals down at Glanford Park on Saturday having conceded their first league goals of the new season.

Daniel Stendel was understandably frustrated with the first half performance of his side but felt that they showed a good reaction in fighting their way back into a match they possibly should have won in the end.

"The first half wasn't good," he explained.

"Certainly not as good as we know we can play. The fact we won midweek 4-0 and Scunthorpe they lose here 5-0 I think was a little bit in the heads of my players.

"But now we see that 90% is not enough for us to win.

"In the second half though we showed our true face. More energy and much quicker on the ball. And in the end I think we have to be winning that game.

"Ok, they scored early in the second half but other than that and a counter attack it was my players with the chances. 

"Normally we win the game, but we have one point from this game and we take this back to Barnsley and next weekend we go on."

With the Reds relentless in the second half, laying seige to the Scunthorpe goal, Stendel was asked if he felt any disappointment in his side not managing to pull off the perfect comeback.

He accepted that a point was a positive return considering the circumstances but admitted it was a shame the Reds couldn't get the winner that their second half display probably merited.

He told us: "I'm disappointed, yes. We knew that Scunthorpe would be motivated and play with heart. And that's normal when the manager's sacked.

"But if we played 90 minutes the way that we can, then we win. 

"So it's disappointing that we're not taking another two points home with us. But when you look at it from the view that Scunthorpe were 2-0 in front, then we have to be satisfied with just the one point."

Levelling up a 2-0 deficit for the first time in nine years, Daniel reckons he learnt a lot from the match.

After the first month of football, he knows that it's going to take time to develop things and feels the fighting spirit on show in the second half pleased him, with bravery and leadership on display.

"I've said it to them in the dressing room, my first point is that we play the game from the start. We play at 100%. And then we're not in a situation like that in the second half. 

"And then I say that we played with our hearts, we played brave. I see that in the second half we developed leaders on the pitch. 

"It's very important. When all is good, every player is saying 'yeah, yeah, come on' but when the situation is very difficult we need players to say 'come on' then as well. 

"Mistakes don't matter. Let's fight now. And I see this from my players. This is very good from our team, a young team, and this is a big positive for me to take back to Barnsley with me."

It was an inspired second half substitution that paved the way for a Barnsley equaliser.

When Jacob Brown came on he initially went wide left until the Reds gaffer spoke to full back Dimitri Cavare. The Guadeloupe international wasn't sure about Stendel's decision to move him left, but when the former Lens defender cut inside and fired home a rocket of a shot that tied the game up, the Head Coach's advice had paid off.

Stendel explained what happened, smiling: "When we sent on Browny and put him right side, Dimi on the left he looked like he didn't want it in the first moment, but I explained what I wanted, I want him to come inside on the right foot and shoot. 

"He listened, and that's good!"


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