A tense, battling game against Barnsley ended in a 1-1 draw – Ovie Ejaria’s first-half goal cancelled out by an Alex Mowatt penalty. Chances to win it at either end, the best of which as Lucas João missed a glorious opening with the game poised on a knife-edge.
Skipper Liam Moore summed up the frustration at not converting the chances to win it – but also the resolve to ensure that this season is a successful one.
“We’re gutted,” said the skipper. “I wouldn’t say that we ‘played well’ in terms of getting the ball on the ground, but we competed well and we had a big chance to win the game.
“So it feels like points lost, rather than one gained.
“We knew what to expect today. Great credit to Barnsley – they’re there for a reason. They have done that to teams all season.
“We stood up to it well, but it’s really disappointing to come away with just a point. We are deflated and emotional. We really wanted to win it, and we could have.
“We need to stand up and be counted. We did that today; it didn’t quite go our way… we came way with something. And that’s the minimum now. We have to do it.
“This is the best time of the season. It’s so crucial and we all understand what it means. And we need to do everything we can to be there.”