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Gaffer On A 'Fair Result' At Oakwell

4 February 2017

Manager Simon Grayson was satisfied with a point in the end as his side left Barnsley with a point.

There was little to separate the two sides in a tight encounter at Oakwell, and the manager felt the draw was a fair result, and admitted that his side lacked a little bit of quality in the final third to claim the three points.

Something that pleased the PNE boss was the work rate of his players who matched the physical side of Barnsley's performance, and knew it would take a moment of quality from either side to break the other down. 

Speaking of his side's hard working perfjoamcne, the gaffer said: "We knew we had to improve in that department, especially against a team like Barnsley. 

"They have got energy and quality and you have to stop the opposition from playing. This is a team that is near the Play-Offs and they have had a great year so you have to be hard to beat and then hopefully somewhere down the line you have that bit of quality to go and win the game. 

"We did the first part but we just lacked a little bit, with that final ball throughout the course of the game but we could have had a penalty as well to go and win that game. 

With the game goalless, the manager introduced Callum Robinson and Jermaine Beckford into the fold as his side looked for a winner against the Tykes, but felt neither side could argue with the final result. 

"We always try and win the games, it's been a long week for Gally so we decided to put Callum on, then Jermaine came on for Simon who I thought did ok as well so we were trying to win the game there. 

It's such a tight game that just that little bit of quality or break that you get would have been the difference between drawing the game and winning it today and I think it's probably a fair result., they didn't really threaten us too much but overall it's another point to the campaign. 
 
One moment that could have changed the outcome of this fixture came just before half-time when Jordan Hugill was bundled over by Barnsley skipper Marc Roberts. The referee waved play on, denying PNE what looked like a certain penalty. 

Speaking of that decision, the manager continued: "It's a bit frustrating when it's a good clear decision from our point of view that he gets across the lad, does what a good striker does and feels the pressure, the push from the centre half and then goes down. 

"Ultimately it would have been a big philip for us to get that first goal,  because when we have had a first goal in any game we've been very difficult to play against. 

"It's just frustrating that sometimes you're not getting the breaks we deserve. 

The player at the centre of that claim was praised by the manager after a terrific performance from the PNE frontman.

On Jordan Hugill's contribution, the gaffer added: "I thought he played very well again today, he was strong, running from the first whistle, his hold up play was good. He looked a threat and again unfortunately again that bit when you need that little break he got a good header it's saved on the line but I thought his performance was very good. 

The manager also praised his central midfield pairing of Ben Pearson and Alan Browne, who battled hard in the centre of the park this afternoon. 

"I think they grew in to the game as we went on. James and Scowen are good players in their own rights and we better early on but ultimately I think they came to the forefront those two [Pearson and Browne] and drove us on from midfield.

"They battled and scrapped when they needed to and played when we had to do so you have to do that. You have to have different elements to your game to help pick up points in this division."

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