Barnsley’s unbeaten run of 20 games in League One was a remarkable achievement, wasn’t it Tykes fans?
Under the guidance of manager Daniel Stendel, the Yorkshire-based outfit moved from fifth in the standings to second during this period, a position that they still hold despite losing 3-1 to Burton Albion on Saturday.
However, due to the competitiveness in the third tier this season, the Tykes face a real challenge to remain in the automatic promotion places as both Portsmouth and Sunderland have closed in on them in recent weeks. The Black Cats can move six points above them if they win their two games in hand whilst Pompey could also leapfrog Stendel’s side in the coming weeks.
It has been quite a turnaround for Barnsley when you consider that if they had beaten Coventry City on March 30th, they would have opened up a gap of seven points between them and their nearest rivals.
Fast-forward a week and it is looking increasingly likely that the Tykes will have to settle for the lottery of the play-offs in May. If this does turn out to be the case, Stendel must ensure that his squad enter the knock-out competition in the best form possible and so they simply cannot afford to dwell on their defeat at Burton.
The club’s next fixture could end up defining the outcome of their season. A convincing victory over Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town for Barnsley would send out the message that their defeat to the Brewers was just an anomaly.
However, anything other than three points would be extremely concerning for a club who set out at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign with the goal of securing an immediate return to the Championship following last year’s relegation.
What do you think Tykes fans? How important is it to bounce back immediately from last week’s defeat? Are you still confident that Stendel can lead to promotion in May? Get in touch below…
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