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Flitcroft: Wins are the thing

6 March 2013

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft admits draws may not be enough to avoid npower Championship relegation despite Tomasz Cywka salvaging a point against Burnley.

Charlie Austin had given the hosts the lead with his 26th goal of the season before half-time substitute Cywka struck with six minutes remaining.

While the goal prevented the Tykes losing three on the bounce, they still dropped into the relegation zone after Wolves' 2-0 win at Millwall. As such, Flitcroft believes it was a case of two points lost.

"I'm not happy with the point, I came for all three," he said. "We wanted all three and we needed all three. With regards to the second-half dominance we had, I felt as though we had to chase the game but some of the play in the second half is what I wanted to represent one of my teams. Tomasz Cywka's work ethic has been incredible.

"The guy has been out of the team and he's been someone who has kept patience, been resilient and has epitomised everything I believe a human being should be. I was disappointed in myself because of maybe the way we set the team up in the first half. Chris O'Grady led the fight second half but he should have been down the middle. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but it is definitely something I'll learn from."

Austin edged the Clarets in front from close range after just nine minutes, the striker getting in front of his man to tap home a delightful Danny Lafferty cross.

The visitors applied plenty of pressure and Burnley keeper Lee Grant was forced into saves from Marlon Harewood and Kelvin Etuhu before the break. The Tykes continued to press and got their reward when Cywka, on for Harewood at half-time, lifted a delightful shot into the top corner.

"The performance was patchy," said Burnley boss Sean Dyche. "There were parts I was pleased with and we started very brightly but the interesting thing is, we have gone 1-0 up and there is an edge and that can affect the players.

"There were a number of players who haven't played and they have gone in and put a real shift in on Saturday and they maybe looked a little tired but we felt they deserved a chance to go again because we want that competition in the group.

"Most of Barnsley's play came because they were given a lease of life. Not one lease but three. When it is like that, the players are not stupid and they think they have a chance. The game should have been done. Decisions change the outlook of the game and I can't do anything about it."

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