Jordan Williams wants Barnsley to kick on after West Brom draw

Barnsley defender Jordan Williams believes a hard-fought point against former manager Valerian Ismael’s West Brom can give the Tykes a solid platform to build from.

Sunday, 19th December 2021, 1:13 pm

The Championship strugglers held on for a point against the Baggies under the lights at Oakwell on Friday night to pick up a third draw in five matches under Poya Asbaghi and move within seven points of safety.

Ismael’s side were denied by the woodwork and saw a further three efforts cleared off the line in his first return to Barnsley since leaving in the summer following the club’s unlikely play-off charge.

“We rode the storm at times,” admitted Williams. “I think they came here with a game plan to be very aggressive, direct, set-pieces, and I think we’ve dealt well with it – we cleared a few off the line, but we rode the storm.

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Jordan Williams of Barnsley (photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images).

“We’ve done well to get a point and I think it’s a good point against a very good team.

“It’s always hard to deal with long balls and physical teams – we’re not the most physical of teams – but we’ve all stood up to a man, dug deep, and it showed.”

Barnsley are yet to win under Asbaghi and are the division’s lowest scorers, but did earn a second clean sheet in four matches having previously kept the same amount in the first 18 games of the season.

“It’s a very good framework for us to build on,” added full-back Williams.

“We showed at times that we can play – it’s just the belief now to be more patient on the ball and not rush attacks with the high press.”