The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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.

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