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Stendel: "It's an important victory."

Gaffer reacts to Walsall success

24 March 2019

Following a late, late victory in the West Midlands for Barnsley, the Reds' Head Coach was quick to concede that his side were fortunate to be going back to South Yorkshire with a priceless three points.

In a tight contest at the side of the M6, Barnsley clicked into top gear with time running out and have Jacob Brown's strike to thank for a victory that stretched their unbeaten run to 19 league games and increased the gap to Sunderland in 3rd to five points.

Head Coach, Daniel Stendel admitted in his post-match interview that his Reds side weren't anything like their usual selves but that there were positives to take from the game, none more pleasing than the three points.

“We were lucky to win this game," he stated.

“We cannot be satisfied with the performance, but we can be very satisfied with the result after 95 minutes to win this game.

“It is an important victory for us and is just what we need at this time of the season."

Match Reports

Walsall Report

23 March 2019

Saturday's hosts are fighting for their lives in Sky Bet League One and had a handful of opportunities in which to take the lead.

But some fine goalkeeping from Jack Walton helped the Reds to a seventh consecutive clean sheet - the first time that's happened since 1955 - and in injury time, after some pressure had built up, Barnsley grabbed a dramatic winner.

Stendel felt luck was on the Reds' side on this occasion, telling us: “Walsall had chances to win, but they did not score and we scored. We had the luck to score and I am so happy.

“But I like it when I have a team who worked so hard and gave their all to win the game. Work hard, get lucky. Sometimes, you need luck and we had that luck on this day. This hasn't always been the way for us."

Stendel celebrates

The Gaffer refused to get carried away with another vital result.

With seven games remaining, all his side can do is keep putting in the performances that have seen Barnsley enjoy one of their best season's in their 131-year history, so far...

“There are still seven games to go and it is not decided. Sunderland have two games in hand, but we are in good shape and have a good chance.”


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