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Wilson enjoys lucky break

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson admitted his side were fortunate to take a point after their 2-2 draw with Coventry.

All the goals came in a frantic first half, but Leroy Lita's second equaliser was scored in controversial circumstances as he nodded in two minutes over the referee's initial allocation of two minutes' injury time.

Yet Wilson was delighted the Tykes made the most of their luck and secured a share of the spoils.

"I think it's a brilliant point for us, because for large periods of the game we were under the cosh," he said. "Anything away from home is a bonus.

"We were very fortunate to be level if I'm honest but you've got to make the most of your luck and get something out of it.

"The second half we were much better and we were much more of a threat. We were a yard short in the first half, but this division is very, very tight and that's what you've seen here.

"They dominated for the first period, but with our second goal I wasn't surprised - while the game is still going we'll keep it in play and you have to play to the whistle."

Josh McQuoid netted the opener for the Sky Blues after only three minutes.

Conor Hourihane bent in a wonderful equaliser from 20 yards against the run of play, before defender Jordan Clarke restored the advantage for the hosts with a close-range finish.

But Lita's second goal in as many games secured Barnsley a point after a defensive mix-up allowed the striker to head in from two yards.

Jim O'Brien could have snatched a third and winning goal for the Sky Blues but his shot from six yards out fizzed narrowly wide of the post.

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley refused to blame the referee for the Tykes' equaliser, and instead pointed the finger at his side's defending.

He said: "They played longer than they indicated they would, but that doesn't take away from the fact that we should have defended the corner better so regardless of that we have to defend better.

"That was a real disappointment because there were so many positives from the performance.

"I thought our effort and our application was absolutely first class and I certainly feel it is two points dropped for us.

"We created a lot of good opportunities, we countered with great speed at times and I'm disappointed for the group because when you play like that you deserve three points.

"But the group will learn from this, and as I said before there are lots of positives to take."


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  • Wilson enjoys lucky break


  • Barnsley manager Danny Wilson admitted his side were fortunate to take a point after their 2-2 draw with Coventry.

  • Lita earns Barnsley point


  • Barnsley twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Coventry at Sixfields.

  • Cole makes Barnsley loan move


  • Barnsley manager Danny Wilson has swooped to sign Manchester City striker Devante Cole on a loan deal until January.

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  • Danny Rose has made his move from Barnsley to Bury a permanent one after signing a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

  • Cranie seals Barnsley win


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  • Lita gives Wilson a lift


  • Barnsley boss Danny Wilson feels Leroy Lita can forge a formidable partnership with Sam Winnall after Barnsley's win over Crewe.

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  • Holders Peterborough United will start the defence of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a home game against Leyton Orient.

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