Lee Johnson, the Barnsley manager, believes Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United could be the turning point of his team’s season.
Conor Hourihane scored a 94th-minute equaliser, but results elsewhere meant Johnson’s side slipped to the foot of the table after winning only one of their last 11 League One games.
He said: “It could be a big goal for us. We had a nice embrace after because he realised it was an important goal for us all and for the team, because the team deserve it.
“They’ve been working very hard in training. They are good lads.
“We are a bit naive at times but we know that, and Conor’s one that’s taken it on, become a leader.
“There’s no better leadership than to bash that one in the last couple of minutes of the game.
“I think we feel like the performances are there.
“When they could have gone under today, they didn’t, and that was the big thing.
“That’s quite a big character-building process because a lot of these players haven’t been through this sort of run and in the last four or five games they’ve been decent.”
Johnson described Hourihane and goalkeeper Adam Davies as “heroes”.
Davies, Johnson revealed, had been distraught after allowing United’s Chris Basham to score the opener:
Johnson said: “At half-time we just said to a couple of them have a word with him (Davies), because he could still be the hero.
“He probably was in the second half with the saves that he made and he ended up with a cut head and needing stitches.
“There’s no denying it wasn’t a great goal to concede and it’s something we’ve got to look at.”