LEE’S MAGIC TOUCH PUNISHES NORTH END
BOTH sides went into this game on the back of seven-game unbeaten runs and will be pleased with a share of the spoils when the dust settles.
Preston, backed by a sizeable following from across the Pennines, looked dangerous in the first half but inevitably faded. Their failure to build on Joe Garner’s opener came back to bite them and cost them two precious points.
As for Barnsley, their resurgence over the past month means they are now in with a real shot of the play-offs – something that was never looking likely under previous boss Danny Wilson.
Lee Johnson has yet to taste defeat and more inspired substitutions will only prolong that theme. His decision to bring on Jabo Ibehre here paid dividends, with the big striker finding the net just six minutes after entering the field.
The result may not be the one that either side wanted, but an extension to their respective unbeaten runs means both sides are a point closer to where they want to be.