The Reds followed up their opening day success over Fulham with a defeat against their near neighbours. Head coach Stendel said: “Last week we were 1-0 in front and had our supporters behind us. Today we were away in a big derby and we conceded early. We have no experience in the Championship and we have signed players with no experience in English football or the Championship. That is the risk we take. But we didn’t lose the league after the first game and we didn’t win the league after the second game. We can show so much more and we will do it.”
Wednesday scored after 90 seconds and 59 minutes to complete the victory. Stendel said: “I am disappointed with the result but more with the performance. We congratulate Wednesday for a deserved victory. We didn’t play as we can play and that’s why I am disappointed.
“We were 1-0 down after one minute which is not the best start after our first away game. We were effected by the early goal and the atmosphere. We can play so much faster and quicker. We didn’t have so much chances to play our counter-attacks because we missed sometimes a little bit of conviction. We wanted to win for our supporters, a lot of people come to watch us, but we couldn’t.
“It’s a big lesson. We say in German that we pay money for every lesson and today we pay a lot of money. We hope they will learn quite quickly and I think they will. That is one advantage of such a young squad.
“After the last pre-season game against Sheffield United, we learned a lot before the Fulham and I hope we will learn a lot from this game as well.
“I can see today that the gap of experience and quality from League One to Championship is very big and it’s not too easy to close this gap. But I am sure we will in this season. We need to be confident and believe in our own way. We have three points from two games and that is a good start for us.”
Cameron McGeehan lost the ball for the opening goal, when trying to pass sideways to Toby Sibbick, but Stendel said playing out from the back did not cost his side. He said: “This is not the problem. We can lose the ball, but what I am annoyed about is playing a square ball. We talk about that in training that square balls are not good for our game. We knew before that Wednesday do not press much but it was less experience that cost us in this moment.”
Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow saw his close-range shot on the stroke but half-time outstandingly tipped over by goalkeeper Cameron Dawson. He said: “We had a big chance to come back and if we had scored we could have won this game. In the end, it was not enough to win this game.”
Alex Mowatt came off injured in the second half. Stendel said: “He had some problems in the half-time but we said he can play. In the end the pain was too much. We hope it is not so big but tomorrow we will know more.”
Goalkeeper Sami Radlinger agreed the early goal was crucial. He said: “If you don’t wake up from the beginning and you are not 100 per cent there, it is always hard to to come back especially here in Sheffield. They played it very clever after that and that’s why we lost.
“It’s not the best mood in the dressing room now but it’s like every time you lose. We are a young team. We can learn from this and the only thing is to keep heads high and move onto the next game.”