Malky relaxed over late leveller

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft celebrates at full time.
Barnsley manager David Flitcroft celebrates at full time.
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Cardiff manager Malky Mackay refused to criticise referee Fred Graham after seeing Barnsley delay his side’s npower Championship promotion push with an equaliser just four seconds from time.

The Bluebirds dominated proceedings but only held a 1-0 lead thanks to Ben Turner’s 59th-minute strike as the game entered stoppage time.

A minimum of five additional minutes was signalled by the fourth official, but Stephen Foster earned relegation-threatened Barnsley a valuable 1-1 draw as his shot wrong-footed David Marshall in the 97th minute of the game.

The Cardiff supporters let their feelings be known in no uncertain terms when the final whistle went just moments later, but Mackay was satisfied with the explanation given to him by Graham after the final whistle.

He said: “I wanted the referee to clear that up, which he did. The extra time was for (Cardiff defender) Kevin McNaughton going down (for treatment).

“I was surprised it was five minutes at the end of the second half, but it was and I just wanted to clarify where the extra time came from, and the referee did that.

“When they scored there was four seconds to go, he was going to blow the whistle four seconds later and I am absolutely fine with that.”

Opposite number David Flitcroft believes the result has given Barnsley a great boost at a crucial time.

He said: “That is more than a point for us.

“To fit this game into our programme after the game against Crystal Palace and after Easter week, it was asking a lot of this group.

“But you cannot ask for more than going 97 minutes against the champions-elect. This gives us real momentum and confidence ahead of the Charlton game.”