BARNSLEY came from behind twice to earn a much deserved point with a 2-2 draw away at promotion chasing Cardiff City, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
The Bluebirds had led through a superb Peter Whittingham volley after 21 minutes and Dekel Keinan’s first goal for the club eight minutes from time.
But on both occasions Tykes substitute Andy Gray levelled as Cardiff missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion places in the npower Championship table.
Barnsley boss Mark Robins was delighted with the character shown by his side.
He said: “A point was the least we deserved, we committed players forward and had midfield runners and we kept their big guns quiet for the most part, although it was goal of the century stuff for their first one.
“We showed character, resilience, all the things you expect from a battling performance away from home.”
Cardiff manager Dave Jones held a post-game inquest with his players after they failed to capitalise on their lead at Cardiff City Stadium.
Jones, who has seen his side take just one point from their last three games, kept his players in the dressing room for over an hour after the final whistle, and he believes that the tension of chasing promotion is having an effect.
“We know we didn’t play well. We got our noses in front twice and should have seen the game out,’’ he said.
The home players were furious in the first half when Craig Bellamy appeared to be fouled in the area by Barnsley captain Jason Shackell, and Jones believes his side should have had a penalty but accepted that it did not cost them the game.
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RESULT: Sunday, March 13, 2011:
Cardiff City v Barnsley (HT:1-1) 2-2
RESULTS: Saturday, March 12, 2011:
Watford v Sheffield United (HT: 1-0) 3-0
Nottingham Forest v Doncaster Rovers (HT: 0-0) 0-0
Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County (HT: 0-1) 0-1
Crewe v Chesterfield (HT: 1-0) 2-0
Rotherham United v Bury (HT: 0-0) 0-0