Andreas Winkler admits Barnsley face a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One trip to Accrington Stanley.
Having made eleven changes to the starting line-up that dismissed Notts County at the weekend, the Reds came from behind to beat Bradford City in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening as a number of players put in impressive displays.
It’s the sort of logistical nightmare that coaching staff relish, with all squad members hungry for regular first team action to carry on the winning momentum.
“Everyone on Tuesday had a brilliant performance; we were really pleased with all the lads,” insisted Winkler. “We have to find the best squad for Saturday and there will be a lot of disappointed players, but it keeps competition in training at a high level and that’s good for the club.”
Accrington have adapted well to life in the third tier following their promotion and are currently seventh in the table – outside the play-off places on goal difference.
John Coleman’s side romped to the League Two title last season as they lost just three times after Christmas. Accie reached the summit with an impressive 6-2 victory at Luton Town on 10 March and never relinquished control, picking up a further 22 points before the campaign drew to a close.
“Accrington are a strong side and their manager has been there for a long time,” continued the Reds’ Assistant Head Coach. “Our impression is that they have a very good rhythm – especially at home – they have high pace and have only lost once at home.
“In November, the table doesn’t lie; they’re seventh. I think if we show a performance at a good level and give them a real fight, then we have a good chance to get a point or even win.
“They play with ball possession, but also very direct to their centre forward. They have a great rhythm and interplay, and can change the pace of the match. I think they will adapt to our style and have a good idea to play against us. I’m sure it will be a great game on Saturday.”
You can watch Andreas’ full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.