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Winkler: "I'll be delighted if we win."

1 October 2018

Barnsley Assistant Head Coach Andreas Winkler is looking for his side to build on Saturday’s impressive victory at Fleetwood Town when Plymouth Argyle visit Oakwell on Tuesday.

The Reds fell behind to Harrison Biggins’ opener before goals from Jacob Brown, Kieffer Moore and Mamadou Thiam sealed an important turnaround at Highbury.

“It was a much better result and a much better performance; we were more aggressive and fought a lot as a team, had a togetherness and were very compact,” said Winkler. “We conceded a goal but we were really happy with the reaction of the team.”

Argyle are currently bottom of Sky Bet League One, with their only win so far this season coming in the League Cup first round at Championship outfit Bristol City.

Derek Adams’ side have lost their last three games and Winkler insists that complacency won’t be an issue for Barnsley, who will be focussed from the first whistle.

“They don’t have a win so it makes them very dangerous,” continued the Reds’ Assistant. “They had a really good season last season, so, despite the results not being good, the team is good.

“If we don’t perform how we can then we could be the first team that they beat, so we need to be aware of their strengths. Anyone who thinks this will not be a tough game is wrong.

“We know how they play; what their style is. They’re very direct, but it’s all about us. If we’re aggressive and everyone plays to their best then we will win. If not, then every opponent is dangerous.

“We don’t want to be the first team that they beat, we’re aware of that. I think we’ll find 11 players on the pitch at the start who will fight for everything.”

Barnsley currently occupy one of the four play-off spots and, while it is still early days in League One, it has been a positive start to the campaign.

Crucial to that has been the exciting brand of football implemented by Daniel Stendel and his coaching staff since their arrival at Oakwell this summer, and Winkler is keen for the good form to continue.

“If we win, I will be delighted,” said Winkler. “Right now, I think, after the win on Saturday, we had a good start to the season. Everyone can see our style – not in every match, not in every minute – but if you ask the Barnsley supporters, they would know our style.

“We’ve said before, the high press is not just to score goals; it’s also about not conceding many chances. If you press high, the ball is a long distance away from our goal. I’m impressed with our back four and goalkeeper, who have been very composed this season.”


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