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Away fan View: Rampant Barnsley are a joy to watch under Stendel

Barnsley fanzine EyUp&Down give us the lowdown on the high flying Tykes, who have scored ten without reply in their opening four games under new boss Daniel Stendel.

Two 4-0 wins, 10 goals scored and non conceded in your opening four League One games. A dream start, right?

Yeah it’s been a confident start for us and we’ve really hit the ground running. In fact it’s been a joy to watch since the season started, in stark contrast to last season when we had a terrible run at the back end of the season.

With an array of attacking talent in Brad Potts, Tom Bradshaw, Victor Adeboyejo and Kieffer Moore can you realistically bounce back at the first attempt?

Yes, I think we’ll go straight back up at the first attempt, which would be brilliant as it’s usually taken us a few goes to return to the second tier. However, it does look like Tom Bradshaw will be leaving us for Millwall so we’ll need a striker or two on loan.

Tell us a bit about your manager Daniel Stendel

It seems Stendel was identified by our new owners some time ago when he was manager at Hannover. We didn’t know much about him, but he plays a high tempo game with lots of pressing when we don’t have the ball. It’s really exciting to watch.

He’s also great at bringing inexperienced players through so it suits our owners “moneyball” policy of bringing through youth and selling when the time is right.

Scoring ten goals in four games suggests Stendel likes to play an attacking brand of football. He also seems to have tightened it up the back. What kind of Barnsley side can we expect on Saturday?

The opposition need to take their chances as we set out to give them as little of the ball as possible. However we have also sharpened up our own attack and we have goals all over the field.

Our only stalemate came against AFC Wimbledon who combatted us well and it ended up nullifying both sides attacking threat

Which other players should we look out for in the Barnsley side?

Look out for Alex Mowatt. We signed him a couple of seasons back and he did nowt and ended up out on loan where he also did nowt, but this season he’s on fire. Also Kieffer Moore scored a hatrick on Tuesday night, so he’ll be fired up and ready for more

Which Scunthorpe player would you sign given the chance?

We’ll take a decent striker if you have a good one- guessing that would be Stephen Humphrys? Having not followed much of league one last season I’m a bit in the dark on what we’ll be up against this weekend!

Adam Hammill has recently been on trial at Scunthorpe. Why was he released and if he can get fit, would he be worth a punt?

Adam still has a lot to offer especially in League One. He was on a decent wage with us though so he won’t be cheap. I’d have him back in this league.

Have you got a score prediction for us?

I don’t think we’ll concede so lll go 0-2, we are definitely looking forward to it!


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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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