Accrington Stanley 0 Barnsley 2: There’s more to come from us, vows Stendel

Barnsley's Kieffer Moore takes on Accrington's Nick Anderton.
Barnsley's Kieffer Moore takes on Accrington's Nick Anderton.

Barnsley produced another statement of their promotion intent with an impressive 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley - but head coach Daniel Stendel thinks there is even more to come.

The Reds recorded their third straight win in Sky Bet League One to move third in the table, with goals in each half from Cauley Woodrow and Kieffer Moore.

They responded to back-to-back away defeats last month and proved they are a force to be reckoned with.

But Stendel, whose side played out the last 30 minutes with 10 men after Zeki Fryers was sent off, still wasn't content with his side's first-half performance.

"I think in the first half, I was not really satisfied," said Stendel.

"We wanted to play better and press.

“There were too many interceptions in the first half and we had a lot of counter situations that were not used in the first half.

"We can do it better. Accrington, with the narrow pitch and stands and supporters, and especially the atmosphere, we showed we can play in this atmosphere and that was important. We can play better and score more.

“We had a lot of good situations to score but the last pass was not the best.

“For me, what was best was the passion. We need that in some games like this and my team can do it."

Having gone ahead through Woodrow's second Barnsley goal, on his first league start, the Tykes overcame a spirited Accrington side despite playing with a man less for the final third of the match.

Woodrow bagged in the 36th minute when he latched on to Moore's clever backheel to fire home.

Stendel was disappointed full-back Fryers picked up a second yellow card, but was delighted at his side's response to secure three points and keep a third consecutive clean sheet in League One.

They overcame a late surge by Stanley and made the game safe when Moore scored his 10th goal of the season at the death.

The German added: “It's good for our team, for team spirit, and we showed that we can play in difficult situations.

“It was a very good performance, we were fighting and it wasn't easy to defend.

"I said to the players before the game, it's important we show we are not always satisfied. We showed it with a good performance and good attitude. Both together is a key for a successful season and that's the reason I am happy."