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Winkler: "We're prepared physically and mentally."

13 December 2018

Andreas Winkler believes Barnsley will head into Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth as a stronger outfit following back-to-back Sky Bet League One defeats.

The Reds put in a spirited display at Sunderland before coming unstuck at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend, but remain on course for a top six finish as we approach the midway stage of the campaign.

“We were like a lion without teeth against Wycombe; we played with composure and patience, but we didn’t have any goal scoring opportunities,” said Winkler. “We weren’t determined enough to have the shot to score, but I think it was the first time this season where we had that performance in possession.

“We learn from every experience – especially our young squad. When we’ve made mistakes in the past, we’ve come back better so I’m looking forward to Saturday because it won’t happen again. The players know we will look at our strengths, and we’re well prepared – physically and mentally.”

High-flying Pompey travel to South Yorkshire six points clear of second place Luton Town and are aiming to be the first visiting team to take three points from Oakwell since March.

However, Winkler insists Barnsley will not relinquish their unbeaten home record lightly and that the league leaders will be facing one of their sternest tests of the season.

“I always like to play at Oakwell and it’s important that the opposition have a bit of fear and know that it’s going to be difficult to leave here with a point,” continued the Reds’ Assistant Head Coach.

“It’s a big test and a very tough test. We need a good performance to win – we want to win in our situation after two defeats, but we have to be very focussed because they have a strong squad with high quality. Their four forwards have 40 goals between them, but we know that, if we show a good performance, it will be a tough game for them.”

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