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Steele Wanted to Give Whole Strip Away

11 April 2013

Reds goalkeeper Luke Steele praised the travelling Tykes fans for backing their side on a second 400-mile round-trip in the space of four days.

Barnsley earned a point with a last-gasp equaliser from Stephen Foster in Cardiff, watched by 243 travelling supporters, after a goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“The ones (supporters) who were here on a Tuesday night, I think it’s amazing – absolutely amazing,” Steele told Barnsley Player and BBC Radio Sheffield.

“I don’t know how they do it some of them. They did make themselves heard, so we do appreciate it. I would have given them every sock, short, cycling shorts I had if I could!”

It seemed the Reds were to leave the Welsh capital empty handed until Stephen Foster latched onto Tomasz Cywka’s late drive in the 96th minute.

“I didn’t even notice him (Foster) that far north! I looked towards the linesman because I thought he might be offside. I can’t describe how big a goal that was. It’s one of the best I’ve felt. Because I was down at the Cardiff end I shouted but there was nobody to celebrate with.

“We knew it was two of the toughest games in the fixture list (Palace and Cardiff). We haven’t played the best but we fought at times and it was a mammoth effort.

“We kept going and going, and Fozzie got the important touch.

“Keeping goals out is massively important. We’re disappointed to concede from a corner. But we didn’t give up, every single man played his part.”

The skipper has branded the end to this season as ‘exciting’ and is hopeful more fans will come through the turnstiles this Saturday at home to Charlton – another massive match. 

“I think this is exciting,” he continued. “It’s nice to have something to play for, in a strange way! Every game is massive and it means so much to pick up a point away from home at a place like this.

“At home to Charlton on Saturday is going to be a really tough game again. At home we’re playing really well and hopefully the fans will get behind us.”

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