OL­LIE GOES ON THE WARPATH

C PALACE ........0 BARNSLEY........0

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James Masters

IAN HOL­LOWAY waded into a shout­ing match in the Crys­tal Palace chang­ing room af­ter his side blew their au­to­matic pro­mo­tion hopes.

The Ea­gles are now eight points off sec­ond-placed Hull af­ter their win­less streak was stretched to five matches fol­low­ing a goal­less draw with strug­gling Barnsley, who had to wear Palace’s away kit af­ter ref­eree Keith Stroud deemed their home kit to be too sim­i­lar to that of their hosts.

And Palace boss Hol­loway re­vealed he was forced to tell his play­ers to calm down as they boiled over with frus­tra­tion af­ter be­ing held at Sel­hurst Park.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed for the lads, they’ve had a big ruck in the dress­ing room be­cause they wanted to win it,” he said, “You can’t want things too much. If you do, then they crawl away from you.

“I had a right go at them and told them that they have to stick to­gether.

“You can’t want things too much.

“You see it with all sorts of peo­ple. You see it with ten­nis play­ers when they call it ‘tens­ing up’ or what­ever it is.

“There’s a bit of dis­ap­point­ment grow­ing be­cause of the ex­pec­ta­tion but that’s life, you need to get on with it. All we’ve got to do is get some rhythm back and score some goals again. I thought this was much bet­ter and was more like us.

“We were more fluid but, un­for­tu­nately, the goals that we need are elud­ing us at the moment.”

The Tykes faced play­ing the game in their black train­ing tops un­til it was de­cided that the vis­i­tors would wear Palace’s yel­low away strip – a move which left home kit man Brian Rogers fac­ing a race against time.

Rogers was forced to head to the club shop and make up 16 shirts with the names and num­bers of Barnsley’s play- ers and only just man­aged to fin­ish the task ahead of kick off.

“There was a bit of a stand­off be­fore the game,” said Barnsley boss David Fl­itcroft.

"I didn’t want my team to not have the Barnsley badge. It’s im­por­tant to us.

“The ref­eree asked us to wear our warm-up tops, which I didn’t think was right, so we de­cided to go with the Palace tops. I think it was the right de­ci­sion. I’ve no idea where we got them from.”

The kit con­fu­sion ap­peared to have lit­tle ef­fect on Barnsley, who pro­duced a re­silient per­for­mance to claim a pre­cious point in their bat­tle against the drop.

While Palace dom­i­nated for much of the con­test, the home side failed to find a way past keeper Luke Steele, who pro­duced two or three stun­ning saves.

An­dre Moritz's 17th minute free-kick brought out a fine stop from Steele, while Glenn Mur­ray was also de­nied by the keeper af­ter run­ning clear through on goal. Palace con­tin­ued to push for­ward af­ter the break and sub­sti­tute Aaron Wil­bra­ham wasted two late chances as the vis­i­tors held on.

And Barnsley boss Fl­itcroft praised the lead­ers in his side.

“There’s been a lot of pres­sure on the club but I’ve al­ways main­tained we can’t fear the top teams,” added Fl­itcroft.

“There is anx­i­ety coming to th­ese sort of clubs. It takes courage, guts and re­silience to be suc­cess­ful.

“Stephen Fos­ter and Bobby Hassell have a good un­der­stand­ing to­gether and a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Hav­ing two ex­pe­ri­ence heads in there def­i­nitely helped us when they were rain­ing in crosses and rain­ing in shots. It is im­por­tant down the cen­tre of pitch that you have lead­ers.”

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