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Stendel: "The performance was very good."

17 December 2018

Daniel Stendel praised his players following Barnsley’s 1-1 draw with Sky Bet League One leaders Portsmouth on Saturday.

The Reds trailed to Gareth Evans’ first half strike before Cauley Woodrow levelled after the interval to secure a share of the spoils.

However, the hosts dominated for large parts of the contest and were unfortunate not to take all three points from an encouraging display at Oakwell.

“The performance and our plan against Portsmouth was very good; it was only the result that we didn’t get,” said Stendel. “I think we more than deserved to win this game and I don’t like that we didn’t win – that’s the only thing we’re not satisfied with.

“It doesn’t matter to me if we play top of the league or Wycombe – we want to win every game and when we don’t, we’re always disappointed.”

It could have been a different story had Pompey stopper Craig MacGillivray not produced a string of fine saves to keep Barnsley at bay.

The Reds were also guilty of spurning a number of clear-cut chances as they slipped out of the top six for the first time this campaign.

But Stendel believes that if his side continue to perform as they did at the weekend then they will be in the promotion race when the season reaches its climax.

“We had a lot of shots in this game but a lot of them were too close to the goalkeeper,” continued the Head Coach. “His performance was good, but I think the shots were too easy for him to save.

“We have 25 games left and it’s not the best that we’re not in the top six, but we can only play with the same attitude and passion that we did today and show in the next games that we can get in the top six.”

You can watch Daniel’s press conference on iFollow Barnsley.


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