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Barnsley "unlucky" to lose in pre-season friendly against West Brom says Reds coach Winkler

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First-team coach Andreas Winkler feels Barnsley were “unlucky” to lose against West Brom in their first home friendly.


The Reds deservedly led 2-0 on Tuesday night, before three goals in six minutes either side of half time handed new boss Daniel Stendel defeat in his first game at Oakwell.

It was a great test for the Reds, who pitted their wits against a former Premier League outfit tipped to go straight back up this term.

Stendel’s style is clearly rubbing off on the squad, who are trying to impress the German gaffer before next weekend’s League One curtain raiser against Oxford United.

The Reds last pre-season outing is this Saturday when they host Championship club Hull City at 3pm.

And Winkler said: “We made a really good start and I think you could really see the style of football we want to play.

“It was a little bit unlucky. They scored one minute before half time and one minute after half time.

“We have a young squad and they lost their rhythm.

“There were a lot of positive things to take from the game.”

The Reds have been training at Oakwell during pre-season, but it was the new regime’s first taste of being in the dugout at the home of the Reds.

Winkler and co have been at the club neigh on a month and Stendel’s right-hand man is excited about the journey the club are going to embark on this season.

Winkler added: “It was our first match at home, it was a good feeling to get out there. It was a really good really good test against a very good side.

“We’ve trained for 10 days in the stadium, but it was such a different feeling with spectators in the stands. It was a good feeling.

“For me being here is a great experience. I want to experience England.

“I live in the centre of Barnsley and it’s a good club. Everybody in the town is thinking about Barnsley football club.

“Everything new is exciting, you don’t know what will happen.”