Barnsley Analysis and Opinion

Barnsley assistant head coach Andreas Winkler is looking for a strong reaction from his side, following their 1-1 draw with bottom club Plymouth on Tuesday.

The sixth-placed Reds travel to the Abbax Stadium tomorrow, to take on an in-form Peterborough United side.

Winkler on Peterborough 

The Reds can climb to third in the League One table on Saturday with victory but face a stern test.

Steve Evans’ Posh side sit second in the table and are the highest scorers in England this season with 28 goals so far.

Peterborough sit second in the table, with their only defeat coming against league leaders Portsmouth.

On the weekend’s game, Winkler said:

“It’s an important match; we don’t want to lose and the best thing we can do is take three points.
“A draw is also good, but if there’s a chance, we want to take three points from Peterborough.
“This will be a big test, they’re high up the table and we’re away so it will be a big challenge for us.
“Some aspects in their style are very similar to our style. They try to play on the counter, they’re very quick and make lots of forward runs with very pacey players.
“They will have a look at us to see if we really are a good team, and this is the competition for us.
“We need to show that we are really one of the good teams in the league.
“We’re looking forward to this match and hope we can show a good performance.” 

Winkler on injuries 

Barnsley are sweating on the fitness of left-back Daniel Pinillos, after he came off with a knee problem during the 1-1 draw with Plymouth on Tuesday.

Zeki Fryers, who would have been his ideal replacement, is expected to be out for up to three weeks with a knee problem of his own.

On his team’s injury concerns, Winkler said:

“Daniel’s knee is inflamed, so he is not training today (Thursday) and we are not sure if he can play on Saturday.”
“We will have to see day to day, but there is a chance he can play on Saturday.”
“He has started really well and done a really good job every match for ninety minutes.”
And we do not have lots of players in the back.”
“Zeki is injured, so it would be very good if he can play.”
He played with the under-23s for 45 minutes and in the next training session with the first team, he got injured on his knee.”
“It is not a big deal, but I think he will be out for two or three weeks.”

Cauley Woodrow and Lloyd Isgrove remain unavailable for the Reds this weekend with no major developments on their fitness.