Barnsley boss: We deserved to beat Portsmouth

Cauley Woodrow celebrates his second-half equaliser for Barnsley against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Cauley Woodrow celebrates his second-half equaliser for Barnsley against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel was disappointed Barnsley didn’t topple the League One leaders at Oakwell.

The hosts came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw on Saturday, with Cauley Woodrow grabbing a deserved 62nd-minute leveller.

Despite a strong opening 45 minutes, it was the South Yorkshire hosts who headed into the interval trailing, courtesy of Gareth Evans’ eighth goal of the campaign.

Nonetheless, the equaliser arrived in a hard-fought match staged on a bitterly cold and thoroughly wet day at Oakwell.

But Stendel felt his side warranted more from the encounter.

The German told BBC Radio Sheffield: ‘The performance was very well, but we do not have enough points after this game

‘In the first half we played really, really good and had a lot of chances, it’s very hard when you go in at half time 0-1 in that situation. This is football, sometimes it is very hard, but it’s good we came back in the second half.

‘We knew what we could do to create chances against Portsmouth, the performance was good and our plan was how we could play against Portsmouth.

‘We can win every game, but need the same passion, the same fight in every game, when we have the ball we have the quality to score.

‘Portsmouth, who are top of the table, are not the best players, not the best offense, only the best defence.

‘All the players defend when they lose the ball, this is the reason why at the moment they are at the top of the table.’

The draw ensured the hosts slipped out of the top six as they seek an instant return to the Championship.

They have now been nudged into seventh place, with Doncaster rising above them following Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Scunthorpe.

Speaking to the Barnsley Chronicle, Stendel added: ‘We have 25 games left, but it is not the best that we are out of the top six. We can only play with the same attitude and passion and get back into the top six.

‘It was a good performance. Our plan against Portsmouth was good. Most of the time, we did what we said we wanted to do.

‘The only point I am not satisfied with is that we didn’t win. We are always disappointed when we don’t win, even if it is against top of the league.

‘We wanted to shoot a lot, that was our plan to shoot from long range. But our shots were too close to the goalkeeper.

‘His (MacGillivray) performance was good, but some of the saves were too easy because the shots were not in the corners.’