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Stendel: "We controlled the game."

27 December 2018

Barnsley completed a league double against Peterborough on Boxing Day and naturally, the Reds' Head Coach was happy with the result when he spoke to us following the match.

It was a pleasing afternoon for Daniel Stendel as his side met Peterborough on Boxing Day, with Barnsley easing to victory to go fifth in the Sky Bet League One table. 

The Reds were without top scorer, Kieffer Moore through illness, but goals in either half from Alex Mowatt and Cauley Woodrow saw Barnsley to all three points, and Stendel was happy to see others chipping in with goals.

“We need to be more dangerous from more areas, with more players than Kieffer Moore and Cauley Woodrow,” said the gaffer.

“He’s (Moore) scored a lot of goals for us and decided a lot of results. I’ve said in the past that we have a good squad and the team showed it today against a good Peterborough side.

"I’m happy because Cauley Woodrow played well today. We wanted to score more from the midfield area and today Alex Mowatt - I’m happy he scored also."

Woodrow’s seventh goal for the club came four minutes into the second half and was a special strike.

Picking up the ball on the left flank, he cut inside and from around 25 yards out he curled home a spectacular finish that left the Posh 'keeper with no chance.

“It was fantastic,” Stendel told us, smiling.

“It was not only a special goal but he put in a very good performance and his best since he’s played at Barnsley. I’m happy that his development has been so good in the last weeks and we’re happy he plays for us.

“Today, we learned Kieffer Moore was ill, we changed it a little bit and decided to go with Kenny Dougall. In the end it was all good.

"The result shows our decisions were right. I think after the first 10 minutes we controlled the game, we created good situations and scored good goals. It was a very good performance and I’m happy.”

The Reds are now unbeaten in their last three thanks to back-to-back victories over the Christmas period, and with two opponents just above them in the standings coming up in the next seven days, the Head Coach feels his side are in a good position going into the second half of the campaign.

"It's a very good situation," he explained.

"We play Charlton at Oakwell and then to Luton on New Year's Day, so these are big games. But we can beat any team, we've played good the last games, apart from Wycombe, even in others before we've played OK.

"But it's been a good experience recently for our young squad and we look forward to Saturday, then Luton and the rest of the season."


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