Adam Murray left frustrated after Barnsley are pegged back by Stoke

Adam Murray.Adam Murray.
Adam Murray.
BARNSLEY caretaker head coach Adam Murray professed to feelings of disappointment after the Reds took the lead twice but failed to claim their first Championship win bonus of the campaign after being pegged back twice by ten-men Stoke City.

The visitors led twice through goals from Elliott Simoes and Dominik Frieser, who justified their recalls to the starting line-up with their first goals of the season.

But strikes either side of half-time from Tyrese Campbell and Tommy Smith, who benefited after keeper Jack Walton flapped horribly at Jordan Thompson's cross, secured Stoke a point, despite playing the final half-hour with ten men after Nathan Collins received his marching orders following an off-the-ball altercation with Frieser.

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Murray, who also handed a debut to the impressive Callum Brittain, said: "I thought the performance overall was very good and we were in control for a lot of the game and I felt we had a game plan that worked.

"We scored two very good goals and at the end, it is more frustration that anything that we have not come away with a win.

"We have a squad of players who I believe can score goals in forward areas and we have spoken a lot in the past few weeks about getting into better areas and turning chances into very good chances. We did that, but in that last 20 minutes, we were just lacking that finishing touch. It was frustrating.

"We can all talk about the obvious and we know where we are and we have put two very good performances in games I believe we should have won. But we are where we are and the boys need to take the positives out of it.

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"We need to be confident in our performance because we have just played two teams now who are tipped for promotion and in both games, we arguably should have won."

On Walton's rare error, Murray, hopeful that Michael Sollbauer could return for the weekend trip to Millwall, with Callum Styles set to be back for next Tuesday's game with QPR, added: "It is one of those things.

"Goalkeepers make these errors and when they do, they get punished and I think we won't speak about it again. Jack is obviously frustrated, but if I wasn't for Jack, I don't think we would still be in the Championship. We move on."

Meanwhile, Stoke boss Michael O'Neill lamented a 'really poor decision' following the decision to red card Collins, with TV replays indicating he was dismissed for raising his arm in a challenge with Frieser.

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He said: "I have watched it back. I did not believe it was a red card at the time and it was the assistant who notified the referee. You could tell that from here and hearing his shout.

"What has happened is there is a coming together between a striker trying to run in behind and a centre-back who is trying to block his run a little bit and the Barnsley player has thrown himself to the ground and held his face.

"The assistant has deemed that as a red card and it is disappointing that a player would do that and it was disappointing it was given. It was a really poor decision.

Offering his view on the incident, Murray commented: "I will be honest, I didn't see it the first time and I didn't see it back. I know their guys were frustrated, so there must be a little bit of 'grey' in the decision, but I'd be lying if I gave you my opinion."

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