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The major factor that could derail Barnsley’s promotion push

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Barnsley have had a mixed run of form in League One of late.

After dropping down to the English third-tier following a two year stint in the Championship, Barnsley, under Daniel Stendel, have shown moments of brilliance at their Oakwell home, as well as on their travels.

The season began with one of three 4-0 wins that the Yorkshire club have amassed this season – the first on the opening day against Oxford United, before one at Rochdale later in August, and the third at one of the league’s favoured teams for promotion, Peterborough United.

Such results should read for a table-topping position for Barnsley, but Stendel’s side have dropped off the boil with two defeats within a week.

Both Charlton and struggling Shrewbury Town have hosted and taken all the points from Barnsley this week, who are now nine points behind League One leaders Portsmouth.

This weekend brings a return to football at Barnsley’s Oakwell ground, where they host Bristol Rovers in another game that the Reds should be expected to win.

But given the inconsistency of some of their performances this term, particularly of late, Bristol will travel to Barnsley with some degree of confidence.

If Barnsley are to make an immediate return to the Championship this season, they must find some consistency and maintain the sort of form that can see them travel to Peterborough and net four goals, and in turn, diminish the type that concedes three goals at lowly Shrewsbury.

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Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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