BOSS HAPPY, BUT HUGE WIN ELUDES BARNSLEY
OAKWELL MEN GO THREE POINTS CLEAR OF DROP ZONE AFTER NORWICH RALLY FOR DRAW
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.
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