It has been a great campaign for Barnsley this season with the club looking to bounce straight back to the Championship after being relegated last season.
Saturday’s last gasp victory at Walsall saw them maintain their second-placed position in League One, leaving the Tykes within just seven games of securing their goal of promotion for the 2018/19 campaign.
However, if they are to edge out the likes of Portsmouth and Sunderland, they must improve their performances as in recent weeks, Daniel Stendel’s side has experienced somewhat of a lull compared to their closest competitors.
Three draws in their last five games have allowed Luton Town to pull away at the top of League One whilst also allowing it to become a three-way race for the final automatic position. Furthermore, a lack of creativity going forward has limited the Tykes to just six goals from their previous seven fixtures which will understandably be a concern for Stendel.
Although a run of nineteen games unbeaten undoubtedly proves that they are one of the toughest sides to crack this season, the Tykes may need to sacrifice this if it leads to them taking more risks to ensure that they pick up more victories instead of draws.
With tricky fixtures against the likes of Coventry City and Blackpool to come in the next month, Barnsley will be hoping that their sensational defensive record can continue to flourish. The Tykes have conceded just 28 goals in 39 games this season and know that if they secure promotion in May, they will have their tremendous back four to thank.
Their fate, however, could still be decided by Sunderland. The Black Cats have two games in hand over the Tykes and know that that if they are victorious in both, they will move into the top two, overtaking their rivals by one point.
In what is turning out to be one of the most exciting promotion battles in League One history, Barnsley know that they will have to be on top form for the rest of the season if they are to make an immediate return to the Championship under boss Stendel.
What do you think Tykes fans? Is your side performing well enough to secure promotion in May? Or do they need to step up for the final seven games of the season? Let us know below.
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