Daniel Stendel insists he was pleased with how his players performed in the 0-0 draw with Burton Albion on Tuesday evening.
The Reds were nullified by Nigel Clough’s men on a frustrating evening at Oakwell, with Brewers’ goalkeeper Bradley Collins producing a fine save to deny Cauley Woodrow early in the first half.
Gilt-edge opportunities were few and far between for Barnsley, but Stendel remains enthusiastic given the standard of displays from his squad in recent weeks.
“We didn’t have the best game; I’m disappointed but not dissatisfied because the players played very well over the last few weeks and are unbeaten in 13 games,” asserted the Reds’ Head Coach. “It’s difficult and the players played at a very high level in the last weeks, so it’s normal that we cannot do this every time.
“We wanted to win, but I’m very proud of my team in the last weeks and their performances. We didn’t lose – we played better in our last games – but we’ve got one more point and we’ll look to Portsmouth in our next game.”
Barnsley travel to the south coast this weekend looking to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in a top-of-the table clash at Fratton Park.
This hot streak started with the visit of Pompey back in December, which has seen the Reds climb into the automatic promotion spots at the expense of Saturday’s hosts.
The players will have a few days to recuperate ahead of the long journey to Portsmouth, knowing that a victory will see them pull eight points clear of Kenny Jackett’s side.
“I think we missed a bit of freshness and we now have three days to recover, but I think we will play very well on Saturday and win,” continued Stendel.
“We’re looking forward to every game and now I think we need a little bit of time to recover. Portsmouth also didn’t win, so I think we have a big chance on Saturday to increase the gap to eight points. We’ve also got to play a home game against Sunderland, so I think we have a lot of chances to achieve our goal.”
You can watch Daniel’s full post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.