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Stendel: “In the end I think we can be satisfied with the draw.”

25 November 2018

Reds Head Coach Daniel Stendel spoke to the media after seeing his side come from behind to make it 16 matches unbeaten at Oakwell in the South Yorkshire derby.

Visiting side Doncaster Rovers took the lead in the second half, but Cauley Woodrow’s equaliser sent both teams home with a share of the points.

“In the end I think we can be satisfied with the draw.” Said Stendel. “Yes it was a derby, but we give compliments to Doncaster. The way they played was very good. I think we played good, but the way we played was not good enough to win the game. That’s ok, we can’t do this every week playing very, very well. Last week was good like the last few games, but today was ok, we haven’t lost so we go to Tuesday now.”

Stendel was quick to praise his central defenders and goalkeeper, as they were kept busy by a Doncaster side who matched the Reds in an ‘all-out-attack’ attitude during the game.

“It’s good because Ethan Pinnock and Liam Lindsay as well as Adam Davies were very good. At the moment I’m satisfied, I don’t know how the manager from Doncaster feels after that last chance.”

A key save from Adam Davies in the final seconds left the Gaffer almost speechless. He summed up his captain’s save with four words, when replying to one reporter.

“You said it, amazing.”

Woodrow began the match on the bench for the Reds. Stendel brought him on shortly after Doncaster scored, which proved to be the correct decision as the striker netted with his first touch.

“I am happy not only for Cauley but for the team. It was a decision that he didn’t play in the first XI, I’ve said it last week and the week before that we have a good squad, more than just a good XI so it was a decision that he was a substitute. He did what you want your striker to do… score! After that I thought we could win the game for 10 minutes, but I think all our players thought we could just attack and they forgot to defend, giving Doncaster a lot of chances.”

Finally, the Head Coach was asked about his team showing character, to continue an impressive home record and fight from behind in what was a challenging match.

“I think so, yes.” Stendel replied, when asked if his team needs to keep showing the character on display. “It was a 50/50 game, we didn’t give up and we scored to make it 1-1, we wanted to win but Doncaster were very good which is the reason we’re satisfied with the draw.”

 


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