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Hill: Both teams winners in draw

16 September 2012

Barnsley manager Keith Hill felt that his side's entertaining 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool was a great advertisement for the npower Championship.

After Craig Davies gave Barnsley a 14th-minute lead with a firm, low drive from 20 yards, Thomas Ince equalised on the half-hour mark, finishing well following a fine through ball from Angel Martinez.

In the second half, Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks got down well to turn Davies' low shot wide while Barnsley shot-stopper Ben Alnwick made some good late saves, including one to keep out Alex Baptiste's long-range effort.

Hill said: "I thought it was a very good game and I really enjoyed it. Both teams deserved not to lose and I'm glad there wasn't a winner because both teams were winners.

"I think Blackpool are an excellent side. For me, they're the best side in the division and I think they'll win the title this season.

"I thought we were very competitive and tried to play the right way, which is encouraging."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway echoed Hill's view that the game was a great spectacle.

He said: "It was a fantastic game of football and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a very good, entertaining game. I would have paid to watch that game myself. It's lucky I got in for free!

"They played well and probably had the better of the first half after they scored, with the first attack they had. That seemed to knock us and we were on the back foot a bit.

"We didn't quite get to grips with the diamond they had but the longer the game went on, the better we did. We got back in it with a brilliant goal and settled us down a bit."

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