Cardiff City 1 Barnsley 1 match report: Stephen Foster delays Cardiff's promotion party
Confirmation of move up to Premier League must wait
Cardiff City Stadium
Wednesday 10 April 2013
Malky Mackay, Cardiff's manager, lamented his side's inability to convert their numerous chances into goals as Stephen Foster's equaliser deep in added time delayed their bid to finally book a spot in the Premier League.
The runaway Championship leaders looked set to take another giant leap towards promotion courtesy of defender Ben Turner's second-half strike.
But, with just four seconds left, relegation-threatened Barnsley grabbed a precious equaliser through Foster to temporarily halt Cardiff's mission of reaching the top-flight for the first time since 1962.
Mackay said: "We should have been more clinical but [overall] I was delighted with the way we played.
"We dominated them, had chances and should have had the game finished. At 1-0, anything can happen and a freak goal did happen.
"On another day we would have got the three points. But we are a point better off than before the game, and point closer to the total to get the prize that everyone at the football club wants."
Cardiff's fans vented their anger towards the referee Fred Graham for eventually playing an additional seven minutes. But Mackay, whose side now lie nine points ahead of third-placed Watford with five games remaining, insisted he received an acceptable explanation from the Essex official following the final whistle.
Mackay added: "He said the extra-time beyond five minutes was for Kevin McNaughton going down. When they scored there was four seconds to go. I'm absolutely fine with the referee."
For Barnsley, this point was extremely valuable as Foster deflected Stephen Dawson's effort past David Marshall to help the Tykes edge further away from the drop zone.
The Barnsley manager, David Flitcroft, said: "It was more than a point for us. My players went 97 minutes against the champions-elect and I can't ask for anymore."
Cardiff City (4-5-1): Marshall; McNaughton, Barnett, Turner, Taylor; Smith (Conway, 80), Gunnarsson, Mutch, Kim (Whittingham, 68), Bellamy; Mason (Helguson, 58). Substitutes not used Lewis (gk), Gestede, Noone, Nugent.
Barnsley (4-4-2): Steele; Wiseman, Foster, Hassell, Kennedy; O'Brien Cywka, 61), Perkins, Dawson, Mellis (Dagnall, 70); Harewood (Scotland, 67), O'Grady. Substitutes not used Alnwick (gk), Jones, Rose, Patterson.
Referee F Graham (Essex).
Latest in Sport
Manchester United teased by Monaco after claims they could have signed 'Luis Suarez of Neymar' instead or £58m Anthony Martial
Former Manchester United star Karel Poborsky goes full hipster
Manchester United hit back at Real Madrid by claiming they let David De Gea 'slip through their fingers into the back of the net'
Premier League Power Rankings: Eden Hazard and Harry Kane continue to slip but Wayne Rooney has to perform against rivals
Serie B introduces 'green cards' to promote good behaviour, fair play and sportsmanship
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 3 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be