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Stendel: "We deserved a point for our efforts."

Head Coach says Reds played with courage

17 September 2019

Daniel Stendel insists there were encouraging signs despite Barnsley suffering a 2-0 defeat in the Yorkshire derby on Sunday.

The Reds were good value for at least a point against table-topping Leeds United, but were unable to convert their chances into goals and seal a memorable victory at Oakwell.

“I’m proud of the performance,” said Stendel. “I think we played what we can play and when you create so many chances against Leeds it is a very good game. It wasn’t so easy, but you need to take the chances in the right moment to score and it’s not happened.

“In the second half, the pressure from Leeds was higher, but also, we had two or three big chances to go in front. We’re all disappointed, but this is the performance we need to play every week. We need to score to get the points to stay in the league.”

Late goals from Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah and a penalty from Mateusz Klich were enough for Marcelo Bielsa’s side to claim all three points in a fiercely contested derby.

Barnsley had chances through Mallik Wilks, Luke Thomas, Cauley Woodrow, Mads Anderson and Aapo Halme, but were unable to find the finishing touches.

However, Stendel remained positive following the game and believes that his side’s efforts deserved a greater reward.

“We tried to keep Leeds in their own half – they have the quality to change the situation,” continued the Reds’ Head Coach. “In the first half, we created lots of chances after winning the ball; we played fast and defended high.

“I want to have the feeling when I stand on the side that we can win the game and play with courage, then I can accept it when we lose the game. We had chances but, in the end, Leeds won the game. They were the better team but, for our efforts, we deserved a point.”

You can watch Daniel’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.

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