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

DANNY WIL­SON rarely minces his words and the fu­ri­ous Barns­ley boss felt Kelvin Etuhu’s dis­missal cost his side vic­tory against Brighton.

Both sides cre­ated lit­tle dur­ing a largely unin­spir­ing game at Oak­well, though the Tykes were ar­guably the most un­for­tu­nate as Ryan McLaugh­lin saw a header strike the cross­bar in the sec­ond half.

Etuhu was sent off late in the game af­ter he was shown two yel­low cards within the space of three crazy min­utes, and Wil­son made clear what he thought of that de­ci­sion from ref­eree Tony Har­ring­ton.

“It was ab­so­lute crap,” he said. “The sec­ond yel­low I can prob­a­bly ac­cept, but the first one was shock­ing.

“These de­ci­sions are costly be­cause I be­lieve if we’d have kept ten on the field we’d have won this game.

“It's such a shame for Kelvin. He’s been out­stand­ing again but weve ended up hav­ing to re­ally dig in dur­ing that fi­nal pe­riod.

“It was a good per­for­mance from us over­all. It is a ter­rific point for us.”

At least the Tykes lifted them­selves a point closer to fourth-bot­tom Charl­ton, and they did it with skip­per Stephen Daw­son driv­ing the mid­field de­spite his ar­rest on Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with spot-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions.

Wil­son added: “Stephen had no hes­i­ta­tion when asked to play.

“He was out­stand­ing again, just like he has been dur­ing the last six games or so.

The home fans were par­tic­u­larly bois­ter­ous early in the game thanks to back-to-back away wins be­fore yes­ter­day, but nei­ther side cre­ated a real clear-cut op­por­tu­nity.

Dale Jen­nings forced a de­cent save out of Seag­ulls’ keeper To­masz Kuszczak early on, then Tykes mid­fielder Liam Lawrence fluffed a de­cent op­por­tu­nity when he blazed over wildly from the edge of the box.

The vis­i­tors fi­nally showed signs of life af­ter the half-hour mark. Ar­gen­tinian hit-man Leonardo Ul­loa fizzed a smart shot nar­rowly over the cross­bar, while Dale Stephens ought to have done bet­ter when he failed to test goal­keeper Luke Steele from just in­side the box.

McLaugh­lin was thwarted by the wood­work seven min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod.

The young Liver­pool loa­nee mid­fielder rose su­perbly to meet Tom Kennedy’s cross, but his welldirected header hit the cross­bar be­fore be­ing hacked to safety by a fran­tic Seag­ulls’ de­fence.

At the other end Ul­loa saw a driven ef­fort cleared off the line by Etuhu, be­fore the Tykes’ makeshift right-back was sent off with 14 min­utes to go af­ter twice im­ped­ing lively sub­sti­tute Kazenga Lualua.

Lualua al­most rubbed salt in the hosts’ wound when he lashed a shot inches wide barely 60 sec­onds later, but af­ter that both sides failed to find any­thing that re­motely re­sem­bled a killer fin­ish and the game closed score­less.

The Seag­ulls’ play-off tilt has now been de­railed wor­ry­ingly thanks to five games with­out a win, with boss Os­car Gar­cia ru­ing missed chances.

He said:“We cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties, but we didn’t take them. That’s been one of our main prob- lems re­cently. In the first half I thought we were the bet­ter team, but we sim­ply have to do bet­ter in front of goal.

“I am al­ways pos­i­tive and I will re­main so. In the last two games the play­ers have shown a lot of char­ac­ter.This is the way we have to go.This is the way for­ward un­til the end of the sea­son.

“We showed at Black­burn that we can score goals. We have to get back to that. When the op­po­si­tion had to play with one man less we put on an ex­tra striker to try and cre­ate more chances.”

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