Barnsley kept up the pressure on League One leaders Luton Town this weekend, with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Wycombe Wanderers.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side always put up a resilient and robust challenge and the Tykes had to battle for their win.
A Cauley Woodrow brace gave them a 2-0 lead before a late Joe Jacobson effort gave the score line some respect for the Chairboys.
Manager Daniel Stendel was relieved with the win, but made a concerning observation about his side, who haven’t lost a league game since December 8th.
“We didn’t have our best day today,” he told the club’s official website. “We seemed a little bit tired I think, but we still won which was our goal. It was not a nice game but it was a deserved win, we did enough.”
It meant Barnsley opened up a gap between themselves and the chasing pack, with both Portsmouth and Sunderland drawing, but Stendel admitted he isn’t looking at the teams below them.
“We don’t really look at the teams that are behind us but the team in front of us which in this moment is Luton. It’s important that we win our games then it doesn’t matter what other teams do.”
This weekend the Tykes get a chance to all but dismiss Portsmouth from the automatic promotion hunt as they travel to Fratton Park. A win would open up an eight point gap between them and Kenny Jackett’s men.
They’ve got all week off, so hopefully the tired legs will be given a chance to recover.
It might sound worrying, but many clubs will have tired players going into the business end of the season. It’s the very nature of the game and to still pick up a win against one of the more physical sides in the division will have been a big boost.
Barnsley can give themselves a huge boost this weekend by beating Portsmouth, something they’re more than equipped to do.