By Matthew Crowe
Barnsley could seal promotion back to the Championship, if Portsmouth fail to beat play-off chasing Peterborough United at Fratton Park tonight.
Barnsley are currently 2nd in League One, three points ahead of 3rd place Portsmouth. For Barnsley not to gain promotion they must avoid defeat against Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth have to beat Peterborough United and Accrington Stanley. And, if Barnsley better Luton Town’s result on the final day of the season they will be crowned champions of League One.
When Daniel Stendel was appointed as Head Coach of Barnsley it raised a few eyebrows, but it’s been a masterclass from the owners of the club. Daniel Stendel has implemented his own style and philosophy at Oakwell , and the Barnsley supporters have witnessed free-flowing football and fans responded to the performances with the chant “It’s just like watching Brazil”.
Barnsley have only conceded 37 goals this season, the fewest in the division and scored the third most goals with 79 goals. The Reds have done well in the cup competitions this season, for example, they played against Premier League founding members Oldham Athletic this season in the Checkatrade Trophy and managed to win.
The season hasn’t been straight forward for Daniel Stendel, with Brad Potts leaving to Preston North End and Kieffer Moore was injured for a long period of time. Credit has to go to Daniel Stendel as have put faith into the youth team, for example, following Brad Potts’ departure he put his belief in youth team product Jacob Brown and he delivered scoring a number of key goals for The Tykes.
Barnsley had five players named in League One Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of 2018-19. Adam Davies, Dimitri Cavare, Ethan Pinnock, Alex Mowatt and Kieffer Moore were named in the team following very impressive performances.
Whatever league Barnsley are playing their football in next season, it will be a tough summer as numerous players have attracted interest from other clubs and Barnsley will have to battle to keep them at Oakwell. Goalkeeper Adam Davies is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with Barnsley, he’s been immense this season but could leave for nothing.
We spoke to a Barnsley fan about his opinion of Barnsley’s 2018/19 season: