Head coach Daniel Stendel was delighted with his high-flying Barnsley side after they picked up a win in the Checkatrade Trophy against Oldham Athletic
The League Two side took an unlikely lead through on-loan Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge, before Victor Adeboyejo levelled the tie for the Tykes. George Moncur completed the victory with a fine strike as the game entered the final stages.
“I think it was a good performance.” he told the club’s official website. “We have a new team on the pitch with 10 players changed from the last game who hadn’t played too much, as well as being very young.”
The manager tried a couple of formations out against a decent Oldham side, and he was happy with what he saw from some of the fringe players. He handed debuts to U23 pair Ben Williams and Jacob Brown, with Mike Bähr also making a rare appearance.
“My impression is that we tried to play every time and we came back from 1-0 to Oldham, so I think we deserved to win and the attitude was very good from the team. We had a few little injuries at the end but we showed fight to win the game.”
Barnsley are a good side and they were perhaps unlucky to be relegated last season. They appear to be in good hands now and whilst this was only the EFL trophy, a win is a win.
It’s a good opportunity to see the younger players in action, especially now those rather ridiculous rules on squads have been relaxed. There’s still U21 sides in it though, so it is still an affront to the lower leagues.