Barnsley shouldn’t take Accrington Stanley for granted

There is the temptation to look ahead to mouth watering fixtures at home to Sunderland and a South Yorkshire derby away at Doncaster and take the Accrington Stanley game for granted. Yet the old adage of “take one game at a time” couldn’t ring more true for Barnsley.

As the race for promotion to the Championship enters the final leg of the season, no team should get too carried away. How frustrating would it be to beat the Mackems yet drop points at home to mid table Stanley?

The Tykes are on an unbelievable run especially at fortress Oakwell with the last home league defeat coming almost 12 months to the day with a loss to Millwall back on 17th March 2018. In fact the last league defeat came way back in December 2018 away at Wycombe Wanderers.

Despite the great run Daniel Stendel`s side are currently on, Barnsley have been hit with some injury and suspension setbacks. Firstly, striker Kieffer Moore was ruled out for the remainder of the season as he recovers from a nasty head injury suffered away at Gillingham.

Winger Jacob Brown is suspended after his red card in the 0-3 away win at Southend on Saturday in front of the Sky cameras. Midfielder Cameron McGeehan is also suspended for the next three games after harshly being charged for violent conduct against Southend.  Despite these setbacks, Barnsley need to focus on keeping the unbeaten run going at home to Accrington Stanley.

Although Stanley currently sit 15th in the table, they are only four points off the drop zone and will be fighting for their lives. The Lancastrians have been unfortunate in games, drawing 2-2 away at Sunderland despite leading 2-0 and losing narrowly 0-1 at home to Championship side Derby County in the FA Cup last month.

Accrington have lost their last two games but their manager, John Coleman has a warning for the Tykes on Saturday.

So patience may be the order of the day for Reds supporters on Saturday rather than get too carried away with the arrival of Sunderland next week. Football is full of cliches but it is right that Barnsley should take one game at a time and concentrate on beating Accrington Stanley before everyone`s attention moves to Tuesday night under the lights at Oakwell.

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