BOSS HAPPY, BUT HUGE WIN ELUDES BARNS­LEY

OAKWELL MEN GO THREE POINTS CLEAR OF DROP ZONE AF­TER NOR­WICH RALLY FOR DRAW

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Barns­ley boss Jose Mo­rais was sat­is­fied with his team’s per­for­mance af­ter they drew 1-1 at home to Nor­wich City last night – de­spite miss­ing the chance to go five points clear of the drop zone.

The draw moved the Oakwell men three points abovetherel­e­ga­tion­zonebut ex­tended their win­less home run to 10 matches.

Nor­wich may also feel slightly frus­trated, hav­ing drawn for the sixth time in a seven-match win­less run.

On-loan Swansea striker Oli McBurnie broke the dead­lock for Barns­ley with his sixth goal since ar­riv­ing in Jan­uary, but Josh Mur­phy broke his re­cent bar­ren run to level.

Af­ter rarely hav­ing a sighter, McBurnie jus­ti­fied his in­clu­sion in the Scot­land squad as he flicked Andy Yi­adom’s early cross past An­gus Gunn, in the Ca­naries’ goal, mo­ments be­fore half-time.

Mur­phy went close with a long-dis­tance shot be­fore he pounced in the 71st minute, smash­ing the equaliser in af­ter James Hus­band sent a low cross into the for­ward.

Mo­rais said: “I would say that I saw very good things, I had a very good feel­ing about the game.

“The men (Barns­ley team), they had mo­ments of re­ally good foot­ball and I’m proud of the qual­ity that we started to show in such a short time, with so many games and not a lot of time to re­ally work in the way we want and I think that we need.

“The boys they are do­ing well. They did well.

“Points are al­ways im­por­tant. I used to say that when it is not pos­si­ble to win all three, to pick the points that you can get, we pick one point and I think my men de­served more than the point they could pick up.

“I think we had the op­por­tu­ni­ties to kill the game be­fore they lev­elled the game, but we couldn’t (take them).”

Nor­wich man­ager Daniel Farke was happy that his mid-ta­ble side fought back to avoid back-to-back away losses.

“I’m pretty pleased be­cause it was for us today, in per­sonal terms, an un­be­liev­able sit­u­a­tion where we had to do with­out so many play­ers and this is the third game in seven days,” he said.

“It was a strange sit­u­a­tion be­cause many play­ers on the pitch today, it was their first ap­pear­ance for sev­eral months.

Luke Free­man fires home QPR’s third goal in last night’s shock 3-1 Cham­pi­onship vic­tory at As­ton Villa.

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