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Gaffer's Barnsley verdict

29 November 2015

Nigel Adkins was pleased with the 'energy and commitment' of his players, but disappointed to be cruelly denied all three points against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Chris Basham's 16th minute header looked to be bringing all three points back down the M1, only for Conor Hourihane to score with an excellent strike deep into added time, having earlier seen his penalty saved by George Long.

Reflecting on the stalement, the Blades boss remarked: "I wanted a response from Tuesday night and we certainly got that, so fair play to the players for showing that character and desire to fight for each other and more importantly the supporters.

"We scored a good goal through Chris Basham and should have scored more, but it is fair to say their goalkeeper had an excellent game.

"George Long at the other makes a terrific penalty save and when that happened you think that's the turning point and we will hold on for the much needed victory.

"We were looking like getting through the game until they score a fantastic goal deep into stoppage-time."

Adkins made five changes to his starting XI following the midweek loss at Bramall Lane, including a first start of the season for John Brayford.

And the Gaffer was pleased with the contribution of the fans favourite, who courageously completed the game on his first competitive action since May.

But although Hourihane had the final say, Adkins was keen to praise his side, he added: "John did tremendously well to get through the 90 minutes, Neill Collins won an awful lot of headers and Matty Done worked very hard for the cause.

"Unfortunately we lost Jamal (Campbell-Ryce) and David Edgar to injury, but even then we looked to be seeing the game out, we won the first header, but full credit to Hourihane he reacted quickest and finished it superbly.

"We had more than enough chances to win the game, but well done to the players for their performance, now we have to keep going and return to winning ways quickly.

"We had energy and commitment, that's what we demanded of the players and that's what got throughout the game."

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