Action and reaction from Oakwell as City draw

Last updated : 08 April 2017 By Michael Morris

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was the happier of the two managers as his side drew 0-0 against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Chances were at a premium in a feisty clash, with substitute Brian Murphy's double save early in the second half, from Saidy Janko and Adam Hammill, ultimately earning the Bluebirds a point.

"It would have been harsh if we had got beaten," said Warnock. "We knew they were going to be sprightly and play one-touch football.

"It was really pleasing to keep a clean sheet. I know (Brian) Murphy made a couple of saves, but overall there were some massive pluses for me. That was Joe Bennett's best game for me at the club by an absolute mile. There's a player under that shirt somewhere and tonight he was unbelievable."

Warnock had to replace injured goalkeeper Allan McGregor at half-time and was delighted with replacement Murphy's contribution.

"The kid left his studs on McGregor's ankle when he cleared a ball and it swelled up," added Warnock.

"Murphy's done really well for us and before I brought McGregor in he turned our season round for us and I had no worries about sticking him in."

After an even first half the hosts managed to create a decent opening early in the second, but Murphy produced his excellent double save and then thwarted Josh Scowen twice inside two minutes.

Cardiff then had a rare opportunity when Kenneth Zohore weaved his way into the area only for Reds keeper Adam Davies to rush off his line and stop him getting a shot in.

Gethin Jones cracked a shot just wide for Barnsley late on, before Craig Noone tested Davies at the death.

Reds manager Paul Heckingbottom was left frustrated once more after his side went an eighth game without a victory.

"We didn't score so we were not going to get three points," he said.

"We controlled their threats and the game for long periods. There were lots of pleasing things we did out there, but it's the end product that is letting us down and we missed our chances again.

"We are changing the shape and personnel, we are doing everything we can and we are really pleased with the application, but we are not getting the rewards. I didn't believe anyone was really going to be aggressive and stick their head on it."

Barnsley striker Bradshaw admitted their lack of goals was starting to become a concern, adding: "As a team we played well and got in some great areas, created some good chances, but we just cannot put the ball in the net at the moment and it is frustrating."Performances don't win games, though, goals do. We needed a little bit more composure in the final third."