Stendel believes Barnsley can remain in automatic promotion places after leapfrogging Portsmouth

Daniel Stendel is confident Barnsley can remain in automatic-promotion places after his side leapfrogged Pompey into second spot.

By Will Rooney
Sunday, 3rd February 2019, 1:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 10:08 pm
Daniel Stendel. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images
Daniel Stendel. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The Blues fell out of the top two for the first time since August 25 following their 1-1 draw with Doncaster on Saturday.

The Tykes took full advantage of that slip up, delivering a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe at Oakwell.

As a result, Barnsley moved up to second and are now a point ahead of Kenny Jackett’s side. 

Daniel Stendel. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Stendel knows there’s still a long way to go until the end of the season .

But the German is adamant his troops won't surrender their berth in the automatics. 

The Tykes boss told BBC Sheffield: ‘It’s a good result after 30 games.

‘There is a long way (to go) with 16 games left.

‘At the moment we’re happy and we have a lot of difficult games in front.

‘But I believe that we can save this place.’

After a 2-2 draw at Oxford United on Tuesday, Stendel was delighted his side bounced back to winning ways against the Iron. 

He added: ‘It was a hard week for us with an away game at Oxford and it was a good performance from us in the second half.

‘We could have scored three or four but won 2-0 and got three points.

‘We’re satisfied with the performance. We wanted to play better than on Tuesday and had a lot of chances. I was happy with the performance. 

‘Before the game we spoke about working together more without the ball and you could see that.

‘Then we had a lot of chances and had a lot of confidence with the ball. 

‘I would have liked it if we scored more but we won the game and we’ll keep the goals for the next matches.’