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Flitcroft relief at Forest draw

21 April 2013

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft admitted his side lived on the edge for long periods in their goalless draw at Nottingham Forest..

The hosts hit the woodwork on four occasions through Billy Sharp (twice), Andy Reid and Henri Lansbury but had to settle for a point that does nothing to boost either side's aspirations at either end of the npower Championship

Both managers still argued that the draw could be vital in the final reckoning, with Barnsley remaining in the bottom three on goal difference.

And Flitcroft was happy to take the positives from the clash as well as their big slice of fortune.

He said: "When I realised it wasn't a crossbar challenge and that it was a game of football I have to say that the point might go a long way to securing our safety.

"Luke Steele is a top keeper and did very well but when you come to a place like Forest and keep a clean sheet it takes more than a keeper.

"It takes a squad and that's what has happened here - just like it did when we went to Cardiff and Crystal Palace in recent weeks.

"I expected Forest to come at us like a Billy Davies team but you can't bow down to it. You have to defend and my boys displayed an insatiable appetite to keep a clean sheet."

But even though they failed to get the breakthrough and remain two points behind the play-off places, manager Billy Davies was in philosophical mood afterwards.

He said: "I couldn't ask more from the players. You have all seen the post hit, the bar hit, all the chances we created, all the crosses and there's no doubt we deserved three points. Lady luck was against us. At the moment the breaks are just not going for us but I said to the players after the game that if they take this form into the last two games they will win them both.

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