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Stendel: "We were very good off the ball."

Gaffer reacts to Scunny success

3 February 2019

Barnsley FC Head Coach, Daniel Stendel was in great form when he spoke to the assembled media following his side's latest Sky Bet League One victory.

Saturday's 2-0 victory over the division's in-form side in Scunthorpe United saw Barnsley move into the automatic promotion spots.

The win - a fifth on the spin at Oakwell - also extended the side's unbeaten run to 10 games in Sky Bet League One.

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Scunny Report

2 February 2019

Head Coach, Daniel Stendel was naturally delighted when he spoke to us post-match on Saturday evening.

"We played very well," Stendel explained.

"In the five minutes before half time we were not totally concentrated. But for the other 85 minutes, we were the better team.

"In the second half, we could have scored more goals but we saved them for the next matches!

"We were very good off the ball in this game which is very important for me and we had spoken about that in training this week.

“It’s not too easy to play at a high level every time. We got important points against Rochdale and Oxford but this was a much better performance from my players and I am very satisfied with that."

In what is proving to be one of the Reds' most impressive campaigns in years, with records tumbling and an immediate return to the second tier looking almost tangible now, the gaffer was quick to reset the focus.

Thumbs Up

Upon being told that his unbeaten start to life as Head Coach on home soil had broken a 100-year-old+ record, Daniel called things like that merely 'extras'.

"It's nice of course, but it's just an extra on top of our goal. We know what we are trying to do here and that is our focus. 

"Anything like that in terms of a record, it's something I didn't know before and it's good, OK, but we have 16 games left so we will see.

"I do think that it's pleasing because I'm just like the supporters and the players, I love football. And I enjoy watching the players in our style.

"I train and work with my players every day but when the game arrives I stand on the touchline and I'm just a supporter again. And right now I look and I think, 'nice'. 

"But let's not forget that May is what matters and we need to go on our way."

Next up for Stendel's side is a long trip south as they prepare to face Gillingham next Saturday and you can join them by following the link below.

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