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Stendel: "It was a tough game."

20 April 2019

After kicking off the Easter weekend with a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town, the Barnsley FC Head Coach spoke to us post-match.

Another vital three points gained by his side, Daniel Stendel told us he was more than satisfied with Saturday's work that sees his side retain their grip on the second automatic promotion spot in Sky Bet League One.

He was quick to point out the obvious when asked if his side were fortunate to beat a Shrews outfit who were without doubt one of the most attacking to visit Oakwell during this unbeaten season on home soil so far.

Stendel told us: “We won the game because we scored two times, one more goal than Shrewsbury, and because we had the best goalkeeper in League One in our goal. Adam Davies was excellent for us.

“It was a tough game, just like the first game in Shrewsbury.

"They were very physical and direct and they gave us a lot of problems. They were even better today and had three or four big, big chances to score.

"But we have won two games in a row now and it is the best time of the season to have a good run, results are all important now.”

In a week that has consisted of much media attention, the gaffer thanked those who've wished him well and admitted that it's been easy to put football before anything else, which to him is absolutely normal.

“All I can say about this is that I am very happy about the reaction from a lot of people and supporters in the last week. Thank you for that.

"It has been easy for us to concentrate on football and our goal of promotion, as always. We had a really good week in training and the focus has only been on Shrewsbury.

"We go on our way without distraction.” 

Reds striker Kieffer Moore made his return from injury on Saturday.

Thought to be ruled out for the season after a head injury suffered at Gillingham eight weeks ago, the big frontman came off the bench against Shrewsbury as the Reds earned a precious victory.

“We were all a little bit surprised that he could play." Stendel admitted.

"We only got the information last week that he can try to train and the training was good.

"We are all happy he is back and you can see it gives the supporters a good feeling. It gives us all that feeling.

"And important for us it gives us more options in offence for the last three games.”

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