Stendel admits Barnsley are tired as they bid to win promotion

Barnsley head coach Daniel Stendel has admitted that his players looked tired as they beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 on Saturday.

Two goals from Cauley Woodrow gave Barnsley another three points, their third successive win on the bounce.

What’s the word?

Barnsley have not lost in 12 games and sit second in League One, six points behind leaders Luton Town, though they do hold a game in hand on the leaders.

The club are currently five points clear of third-placed Portsmouth and face Burton Albion on Tuesday.

But Stendel admits that his players are tired as the games come thick and fast.

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“Wycombe is not our favourite team to play against,” Stendel admitted, per the club’s official website.

“The first game against them was probably our worst performance this season (a 1-0 loss in December), we were too lazy and we only really had one chance in 90 minutes.

“I told the players we needed to be attacking in this game all the time and we would win.

“We didn’t have our best day today, we seemed a little bit tired I think, but we still won which was our goal. It was not a nice game but it was a deserved win, we did enough.”

Momentum is key

Barnsley need to ensure that their momentum carries them through.

The Tykes are in the middle of a promotion tussle with Luton and have to be ready to capitalise on any slips.

Their game in hand comes this week, against Burton, and a win would see Barnsley move within three points of the league leaders.

Of course, Stendel admitting that his players are tired may well worry the club’s fans but Burton may well be equally as fatigued – they drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

These runs can be tough on the legs but the momentum they generate, particularly if a team is winning as much as Barnsley are, is fantastic.

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