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Stendel: "It's a good situation for a manager."

12 November 2018

Barnsley FC Head Coach, Daniel Stendel was delighted with Saturday's performance and believes each game is another opportunity to improve.

The Reds eased comfortably into the draw for the second round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 4-0 victory against Notts County at Oakwell on Saturday. 

With all four goals coming in a devastating second half display, the gaffer was naturally satisfied with the performance and result. 

"I was pleased with the performance," he told barnsleyfc.co.uk, post-match.

"It's not always easy to perform under expectation, when you are the big favourite. In the first half we were not patient enough, but we still created good chances. But the second half was very good, it was what we are capable of."

Saturday's match saw starts for both Cauley Woodrow and Zeki Fryers as they continue to gain match fitness following their respective injury layoffs. 

Stendel felt both of them played well, and not just because they got themselves on the scoresheet. 

"It's good that they both scored, but it's about getting on the pitch and feeling good. For Cauley he's now had 45 minutes and one hour, so we're looking for him to get 90 minutes in the next games. 

"We're just trying to be careful, building them up a bit at a time. 

"But to score is always good. A striker needs it for self-confidence. And it's nice for them to be rewarded for all the hard work they've been doing since their injuries. 

"So I was happy for their returns and it means I have to think hard about who plays on a match day now I have a squad full of quality players. 

"But it's a good situation for a manager to be in."

Barnsley now face Bradford City in the final group fixture in the Checkatrade Trophy at Oakwell on Tuesday night. 

The Head Coach believes it will give him another opportunity to shuffle the pack, allowing players the chance to stake their claims for a regular starting position.

He told us: "We want to win every game. This is a home game and we like playing on Oakwell in front of our supporters. 

"The competition gives us the opportunity to maybe see other players, like we did last time against Everton. We got the right result then and that is what we want in this game also."


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