Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel admitted that his team were second best in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup loss to Carlisle, although he singled out one player for praise in his post-match comments.
The club’s official website reported quotes from Stendel praising the contribution of goalkeeper Brad Collins for a series of saves in the 0-3 defeat.
Speaking about the 22-year-old ‘keeper, the Barnsley manager said: “Especially in the first half, he made some amazing saves. His performance was very good, and I said that we don’t have a number two goalkeeper – we have two number ones.” [via BarnsleyFC.co.uk]
However, Stendel also conceded that “the quality from the team was not good enough” in Tuesday’s defeat. [via BarnsleyFC.co.uk]
Collins made his debut for Barnsley in the game against Carlisle after joining on a four-year deal from Chelsea last month, although he never featured for the London club’s first team.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a solid campaign on loan at Burton Albion last season, conceding just 44 goals in 35 games (1.26 goals per game), and that figure is significantly skewed by a freakish 9-0 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
Collins kept 12 clean sheets for the Brewers, one per 2.92 games, and pulled off some impressive saves on his Barnsley debut this week, including an excellent reflex save to divert a Ryan Loft attempt over the bar.
His performance at Oakwell on Tuesday could leave Stendel with a decision to make as to who will start between the posts against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
Samuel Sahin-Radlinger, who joined from Hannover 96 in the summer, played in both of the Reds’ Championship games so far this term, keeping a clean sheet against Fulham and was their highest-rated player on WhoScored.com against Sheffield Wednesday, making five saves in a 2-0 defeat.
His concession rate of exactly one per game (24 goals in 24 matches) in his last full season for Brann in 2018 was slightly better than that of Collins last term.
Neither of those could quite match the figures posted in 2018/19 by Adam Davies, who left for Stoke this summer and conceded less than a goal per game (36 in 42 matches) for Barnsley last season, albeit in a lower division.
While conceding three goals to a League Two outfit might not seem like the best way for Collins to stake his claim for a regular starting place at Oakwell, the saves he pulled off appear to have impressed Stendel and may have given his manager a decision to make for Saturday.
Sahin-Radlinger has made a decent start to life at Barnsley, but judging by Stendel’s comments, there could be an intriguing tussle yet for the goalkeeping berth in the Reds’ first XI over the course of the season.
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