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Daniel Stendel issues honest verdict on Barnsley’s early points return

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Barnsley manager, Daniel Stendel, has stated that he is not happy with the Reds’ current points tally after the opening six games of the Championship season.

Stendel’s side have picked up just five points from their opening six games, with just one victory to their name.

That win came against recently relegated Fulham on the opening day, but since then the side has recorded two draws and three defeats.

It doesn’t get any easier for Barnsley, as their first game back after the international break is a Yorkshire derby against high-flying Leeds United.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Stendel said: “I want to have more than five points from six games.

“We had a big chance to beat Charlton at home and then we would have seven points. It was important that we reacted and picked up points in the next games.

“It is not easier in September, the next game at home against Leeds, but I can see the players want to improve and work hard.

“It was good to see that we got so much support, especially after last week.

“This is a good sign for my players, for my team and I think the performance was a good sign for the supporters.”

The Verdict

It has been a tough start for Stendel’s side after such an impressive opening day victory against Fulham.

He’ll be looking for points very quickly, and not wanting to have to be sucked into an early relegation battle. Games against Luton and Wigan, in which his side got just one point from, may be fixtures that Stendel looks back on in regret.

It’ll be interesting to see how they line up against Leeds after the international break. Do they still play in a positive manner, or will they look to sit back and counter-attack against a very good Marcelo Bielsa side.

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