Speaking after our 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, Adam Murray praised Barnsley’s strength of character as we came from behind to snatch a late point.
The Reds had made a flying start to the encounter through Michal Helik’s first goal for the club before being pegged back after the restart courtesy of two deflected strikes. But Cauley Woodrow’s penalty 12 minutes into stoppage time ensured it was honours even at Oakwell.
“We started really well and I felt, within the first half, we had some really good opportunities to create something with a better final pass or better final decision,” began the interim Head Coach. “We never really felt threatened in the first half and then we’ve had five minutes at the start of the second half where we’ve lost a bit of focus and they’ve had a bit of luck, and we’re 2-1 down.
“But I’ve got to give credit to the players to come back from that and show the hunger and desire to go on, and I felt in the last 20 or 25 minutes we created a number of really good opportunities where our final pass and final decision has got to be better.”
City arrived in South Yorkshire with maximum points on the board from their opening four games of the Sky Bet Championship season, but found chances few and far between against the Reds.
After taking the lead, the Robins looked unable to cope with Barnsley, who made a tactical switch and threw caution to the wind in search of an equaliser.
“I felt it was a big turning point in the game,” continued Murray. “We got as many of our creative players on the pitch into a shape and the boys did the rest and, on another day, we score two or three goals.
“We knew at some point during the game with the players they’ve got and resources they’ve put into the team that they were going to have some opportunities and it was about controlling that.
“But they’ve shown character and the technical ability to go and cause top of the league a lot of problems and, on another day, we win that comfortably.”
You can watch Adam’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.