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Barnsley late show denies Palace

24 October 2012

Crystal Palace's joint caretaker managers Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming presented a united front following the visitors' 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

It seemed Dougie Freedman's impending departure may have spurred on the visitors, who came flying out of the traps and took an 11th-minute lead through Glenn Murray.

But they were largely on the back foot thereafter and although Barnsley failed to create many meaningful opportunities - despite having the lion's share of possession - they claimed a point through David Perkins' 86th-minute equaliser.

"If anybody but Perkins is involved at that little bit of play at the end then we win," added Lawrence.

"Only he on their team could have possibly done what he done. Nobody else could have done that for them.

"We're disappointed but we can't fault the players because they did everything that was possible. It was just a bit of opportunism and a bit of quality that salvaged his team a point."

Barnsley boss Keith Hill thought his side were staring defeat firmly in the face before Perkins' effort.

The midfielder picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area before curling a shot into the top corner.

"It took a marvellous piece of ability from David Perkins because I really couldn't see us breaking down the block in front of their own goal in the defensive third of the pitch," said Hill.

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