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Winkler: "It's an important match."

4 October 2018

Andreas Winkler is looking for Barnsley to react following Tuesday evening’s 1-1 draw at home to Plymouth Argyle.

The Reds took an early lead courtesy of Alex Mowatt’s speculative effort, but were pegged back midway through the first half by Derek Adams’ men, who remain bottom of Sky Bet League One despite their point at Oakwell.

Barnsley are currently sixth in the table and can climb to third this weekend, but face stern opposition in the form of Peterborough United who, with 28 goals, are the highest scorers in the English Football League.

“We are really disappointed,” admitted the Reds’ Assistant Head Coach. “If you look at the performance, we scored in a good moment, but we’re disappointed that we didn’t continue to play our style and be aggressive.

“We conceded a lot of chances, and this is not normal behaviour for us. If we defend and act as a team, if we have a good togetherness and are compact then this doesn’t happen. But one point is better than nothing. I wouldn’t say it was easy to win the match, but after we scored we hoped that we could have taken the three points.”

Peterborough’s attacking approach this season has also left them vulnerable at the back, with Steve Evans’ side conceding two goals in each of their last five outings.

Posh head into Saturday’s clash at the ABAX Stadium on the back of consecutive 2-2 draws against Blackpool and Sunderland, respectively, but haven’t won at home since beating Luton Town 3-1 in August.

“It’s an important match; we don’t want to lose and the best thing we can do is take three points,” insisted Winkler. “A draw is also good, but if there’s a chance, we want to take three points from Peterborough.

“This will be a big test; they’re high up the table and we’re away so it will be a big challenge for us. Some aspects in their style are very similar to our style; they try to play on the counter, they’re very quick and make lots of forward runs with very pacey players.

“They will have a look at us to see if we really are a good team, and this is the competition for us. We need to show that we are really one of the good teams in the league. We’re looking forward to this match and hope we can show a good performance.” 

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