Stendel al­lows Moore time off to re­cover

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

BARNS­LEY head coach Daniel Stendel is con­fi­dent Ki­ef­fer Moore will be fit for to­mor­row’s trip to League One pro­mo­tion ri­vals Lu­ton Town, not that they have missed him too much.

The striker, who has net­ted 13 goals this sea­son, has been ab­sent for the last two games through ill­ness.

But Stendel said: “We have an im­por­tant game on Tues­day so we didn’t want to risk Ki­ef­fer. We need Ki­ef­fer in the next games.”

Barns­ley have not suf­fered any dis­ap­point­ment in Moore’s ab­sence, strength­en­ing their pro­mo­tion bid with back-to-back vic­to­ries.

A 2-0 win over Peter­bor­ough United on Box­ing Day was fol­lowed by this tri­umph over Charl­ton Ath­letic as the Reds moved up to fourth in the ta­ble.

They are six points be­hind sec­ond-placed Lu­ton, who they visit on New Year’s Day, with a game in hand af­ter see­ing off the six­th­placed Ad­dicks at Oak­well.

Brad Potts and Ma­madou Thiam fired Barns­ley into an early 2-0 lead and, de­spite a Ben Reeves goal in the sec­ond half for the vis­i­tors, they held on for a third con­sec­u­tive win.

Stendel said: “I’m very happy. It was a good per­for­mance against a good team. It was very close at the end, but we de­served to win. I’m happy for the club, the sup­port­ers and my team that we won this game. I have a lot of trust in my team. When we need to fight, we can fight.

“It’s hard some­times, but all the teams are in the same sit­u­a­tion and it’s good that we can end this year win­ning games. It gives the play­ers a lot of con­fi­dence.”

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