The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Nathan Hemmingham To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

OAK­WELL leg­end Mick McCarthy thanked his old club for fi­nally do­ing him a wel­come favour af­ter his Ip­swich Town side scored twice in the last ten min­utes to grab a draw.

McCarthy, who played al­most 300 games for Barns­ley, looked to be head­ing home empty handed un­til two goals in the space of four min­utes late on res­cued a point for the for­mer Reds skip­per.

De­spite a sec­ond half on­slaught, McCarthy’s men were trail­ing 2-0 with just ten min­utes to go but Christophe Berra and lead­ing scorer David McGoldrick made sure McCarthy’s home­com­ing did not end in tears.

It was enough to bring a smile to McCarthy’s face as he joked af­ter­wards he’d been wait­ing long enough for a help­ing hand from his first club.

He said:“I al­ways love com­ing back here – even though I usu­ally get my back­side slapped!

“The Barns­ley fans were singing ‘Mick’s a Red,’ and they are right – I al­ways will be, but make no mis­take, this is a bloom­ing good point.

“It looked like be­ing the most one-sided 2-0 de­feat ever at one stage.

“We played re­ally well in the sec­ond half but we were a bit prof­li­gate and we let them off the hook at times, but we de­served at least a point.

“When it went 2-0 you can think it’s not go­ing to be your day but there was no rea­son for the play­ers to think that be­cause we were play­ing well, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half.

“We kept shout­ing not to give up and to keep go­ing and we ral­lied them on. I thought if we could get one back we could still get some­thing. We got back into the game and I think that’s the least we de­served.”

Barns­ley could have been ahead as early as the sixth minute when lead­ing scorer Chris O’Grady shot wide but he made amends on 12 min­utes, turn­ing and fir­ing low past the help­less Dean Gerken.

It was O’Grady’s 11th goal of the sea­son and no more than the home side de­served but Ip­swich came within inches of lev­el­ling just five min­utes later.

Aaron’s Cress­well’s 25-yard free-kick beat both the wall and keeper Luke Steele but sadly for the Trac­tor Boys it smacked against the post.

A goal looked on the cards and it duly came eight min­utes later, but not at the end ev­ery­one was ex­pect­ing. Sub­sti­tute To­masz Cy­wka drilled home a fine free- kick, which took a slight de­flec­tion along the way, from just out­side the area to dou­ble the home side’s lead.

It looked game over but the visi­tors had other ideas.

They were back in it with ten min­utes to go when Paul An­der­son’s corner was headed goal­wards by Tommy Smith and although Jim O’Brien blocked the effort on the line, Berra was alive to the re­bound and thumped it home.

McGoldrick then took his tally to 16 for the sea­son with a sim­i­lar free-kick to Cy­wka’s, drilling home a fierce drive.

Barns­ley man­ager Danny Wil­son ad­mit­ted: “I am frus­trated more than dis­ap­pointed about be­ing pegged back the way we were. But, you have to be hon­est, we had our backs to the wall for long pe­ri­ods in that sec­ond half.

“We knew the sit­u­a­tion with the wind and the qual­ity that they pos­sess meant we were go­ing to be on the back foot. But the per­for­mance wasn’t dis­ap­point­ing, just the man­ner in which we con­ceded the goals.The wind played a big part in that sec­ond half and be­cause of the pres­sure it meant they had the mo­men­tum and we had to deal with that.

“I am get­ting the com­mit­ment I want from the lads, but the qual­ity could be bet­ter at times. We main­tain the be­lief that we can still get out of trou­ble.”

PIC­TURE: Keith Turner

BACK OF THE NET: Christophe Berra scores for Ip­swich Inset: Chris O’Grady scores the opener

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