Owls fan’s view: We’re on a gallop instead of slide

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The buzz of elation that engulfed three sides of Hillsborough on Saturday was reminiscent of the Carlisle game in 2012 when Antonio pulled a bit of stoppage-time magic out of the hat, writes Steve Walmsley.

Nuhiu’s gallop down the touchline to join in the celebration has won him brownie points with some fans, and Kieran Lee’s stuttering knee slide (watch it on YouTube) has no doubt been the subject of dressing room banter.

We had been much better against 11 men. The first Barnsley sending-off resulted in two deep-lying banks of four fending us off for 50 minutes, but as they tired and then lost another man, mistakes started to appear, and Chris Maguire thankfully punished one of them.

I thought we just deserved to win a very tight game that was marked by controversy even though the referee got all the big decisions right.

What JJ thought he was doing getting himself sent off for the second time this season I don’t know. With the squad still thin due to injuries, the last thing we needed was to lose a player for four matches. Afobe had a decent first hour until he tired and we hope he continues to improve as Connor Wickham doesn’t look to be coming back any time soon. The more immediate worry though was would Loovens and Onweyu be fit soon?

With the goal difference, we effectively have a seven-point lead on the bottom three and we might need it, given the tough run of games this month against teams from the top end, starting with Reading.