Barnsley: Daniel Stendel seeks way to combat ‘respect’ from Oakwell visitors

Daniel Stendel
Daniel Stendel

Barnsley head coach Daniel Stendel is searching for solutions as his side try to make Oakwell a fortress.

The Reds are unbeaten in their opening four home League One games, but after hitting Oxford for four on the first day of the season things have been a little bit tougher.

They were held to draws by AFC Wimbledon and Walsall while were also hanging on at the end of their 2-1 win over Gillingham.

They were due to put their unbeaten record to the test against Burton on Saturday, but the game was postponed after club volunteer Stephen Croft suffered a heart attack moments before kick-off, which led to alarming scenes where an Air Ambulance landed on the pitch.

Stendel's men will now not get the chance to play at home until this time next week when Plymouth visit South Yorkshire.

And Stendel will be trying to find answers to how his side can overcome teams who park the bus.

“It is not too easy,” the German said. “In the last games the opposition teams come here with a lot of respect.

“They change their formation and play defensively to make it difficult for us to create chances.

“But that is normal when you play so good at the start of the season after relegation. 

“We are the favourite most of the games and we need to find solutions to win the games.

“I am happy with the start of the season. We hope to win a lot of home games. We have enough solutions and enough quality to win home games.

“We have only played eight games, we have 38 to play, so it is early.”

After posting four clean sheets to start off the campaign, the Reds have been more generous to the opposition in recent weeks and have shipped goals in their last four games.

And Stendel wants his side to work harder on their defending, starting from the top of the pitch.

“I think we have the chance to win every games, we have more changes, and in the last games the other teams have more chances,” he added.

“That is too much for us. We need to defend more, from the striker to the defender, to make it harder for the opposition team to score.”