Barnsley supporters must have thought that their side were about to take a huge step to promotion from League One on Saturday when they took the lead against Coventry City.
With Sunderland and Portsmouth facing off in the Checkatrade trophy final, the Tykes could have moved seven points clear with a victory at Oakwell yet instead they had to settle for a draw which has left the door slightly ajar for their rivals.
Goals from Cauley Woodrow and Alex Mowatt for Barnsley were cancelled out by Luke Thomas and Jordy Hiwula who just about kept the Sky Blues’ hopes of a play-off place at the end of the season alive.
Although Daniel Stendel will have been disappointed that his side didn’t secure victory at the weekend, they are still in a superb position to secure an immediate return to the Championship in May. The Tykes’ run-in is arguably easier than both Sunderland and Portsmouth as they only have to face one side who are currently in the top eight in League One. In contrast, the Black Cats have to face four whilst Pompey have three tough fixtures to overcome.
Furthermore, the two sides face each other on April 27th in a clash which could benefit Barnsley depending on the result. With just six games to go for the Tykes, they know that a strong end to the season should see them get over the line, especially when you consider that already have the points on the board in the league.
Indeed Sunderland may have three games in hand over Stendel’s side but they will have to win at least two of these to leapfrog them in the table, a feat which will be made tougher by the fact that they face having to play eight games in just 27 days in League One. In what should be a barnstorming end to the season, the Tykes will still be confident that they can achieve automatic promotion despite their recent setback.
What do you think Barnsley fans? Are you confident that your side can beat Sunderland and Portsmouth to promotion? Would you rather have points on the board rather than games in hand at this stage of the season? Get in touch below.
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