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Adkins: Credit both teams

1 October 2013

Boss' Barnsley reflections

Nigel Adkins says both sets of players deserve credit after a 1-1 draw away to Barnsley.

An excellent Hal Robson-Kanu goal was equalised by a late Chris O'Grady strike, and both sides had chances to win the game, but a defeat would have been harsh on either club, especially the home side.

The Tykes belied their position in the table and played very well indeed, and Adkins said, "I think it's an excellent point away from home, I thought Barnsley were very good and played well above their position in the division, they started brightly and moved it about, we couldn't get a grip of the game.

"Ten minutes before half time we changed to a diamond because we hadn't had a touch, soon after half time Alfie went through and could have scored but the keeper made a great save, then we got in front with a thunderous strike from Hal Robson-Kanu which was very good.

"Their keeper made another good save from Alfie, we hit the bar through Morrison and the game was very open at the end. Alex had to make some saves in fairness and Barnsley deserved something from the game, they showed a desire to work for their manager which is important, they've brought some good new players in who performed well."

Asked if he was happy with a point, the boss said, "Our mindset was to come here for all three. We had a good meeting today and talked about the importance of going away from home and winning games. The preparation for the game and the warm-up were excellent.

"We remain undefeated in the last few games, we've picked up another point and keep ticking over. On another day we could have won, but we also could have lost. The lads worked extremely hard, we take the point and move on to the next one.

"From our point of view we wanted to control the game more. Give Barnsley a lot of credit, they are in there fighting and ran Leicester close on Saturday. Let's be positive about it, it's easy to be negative, we've come away on a Tuesday night and got a point. Give our players credit because it's always easy to knock people. The start to the season was the best in seven years so we're in the race."

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