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Stendel: "We want to be successful this season."

6 December 2018

Reds Head Coach, Daniel Stendel has spoken with the local press ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League One.

Barnsley exited this season’s Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, losing on penalties against Manchester City’s U21s following a 3-3 draw in normal time. Despite the defeat, and the obvious disappointment, Stendel feels there were positives to take from the fixture, and the opportunities that the competition offered some of his younger players.

"We're disappointed with the result, and that we're out," Stendel explained.

"Man City were very good, but in the end, we were the men's team, they were a youth side, we were at home and we had most of the game and the chances, so we have to be winning this game.

"But we played very well for the most part. 

"Going out is also disappointing because this cup gave some of our other players chances to play, to show what they can do."

The Reds have picked up a bad habit recently of conceding goals, after beginning the campaign with a great defensive record. 

This isn't lost on the staff, certainly not on Daniel. 

"We're conceding too many goals against us, we can't argue with that. It's the focus in the next games to fix this, especially on Saturday, that we are all better when defending.

"Normally we score every game, so if we're better defensively, all of us as a team, then it's much better for us. 

"We can win with just one goal. But we have to stop the goals going in against us in the way they are doing right now."

It's a first trip to Wycombe in 15 years for Barnsley this weekend. 

The hosts on Saturday are in fine form, sitting 10th in the table and winning three of their last four league games. 

Stendel is aware of their threats and believes the Reds are well prepared for the clash.

He said: "They are doing better than some would have expected. It's a very simple, but very effective style that they use. 

"We have prepared well for the game, we know what we have to do to get the result we want, and it's about the players carrying this out on Saturday."

With regular pick at right back, Dimitri Cavaré sitting this game out through suspension, owing to an accumulation of yellow cards, Stendel will most likely select one of Jacob Brown or Jordan Williams for the trip to Adams Park.

"Browny played last weekend there, we know he can do this job. And Jordan Williams played there on Tuesday night and did well.

"They are options on Saturday. 

"But whoever is in the shirt for the game will be good enough. We believe we are the best team, I love watching us when we're playing our style, playing with such power. 

"But we don't want to be just the best team, we want to be the most successful team."

You can watch Daniel's full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.

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