Barnsley 1 Watford 0: Robins rues Shotton red card

BARNSLEY manager Mark Robins was disappointed that his side's victory over Watford was marred by the dismissal of Ryan Shotton.

The Tykes won despite playing for the last 14 minutes with only 10 men after full-back Shotton was sent off for a late challenge which caught Lloyd Doyley.

Robins said: "He did well to get the ball and he has got to learn to pass the ball and to concentrate more.

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"I'm disappointed that we have lost his services for the next match."

The winner came nine minutes into the second half when unmarked Emil Hallfredsson raced into the penalty area and fired home from 12 yards.

Watford could have levelled in the fifth minute of stoppage-time as Henri Lansbury's free-kick from 28 yards was heading towards the back of the net before goalkeeper Luke Steele turned the ball round the post.

Robins reserved special praise for the former Manchester United reserve.

He added: "He hasn't had a lot to do but he has made a world-class save and earned us the three points."

Watford had reason to feel aggrieved after seeing a 'goal' disallowed for pushing in the Barnsley box.

Robins admitted the decision was somewhat harsh, saying: "I thought we were fortunate that the ref disallowed it."

Watford boss Malky Mackay felt his team were more than worthy of a point and slammed the referee's verdict on the 'goal' which was scratched off.

He said: "I've looked at it on video five or six times and there was no push by Danny Graham. It was clear that he headed the ball and there was no pushing.

"I thought we deserved more than we got out of the game.

"I was pleased with the side's performance. I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. We knew it was going to be a tough game."

Barnsley: Steele, Shotton, Moore, Foster, Dickinson, Teixeira, Colace, Doyle, Hallfredsson, De Silva (Rodriguez 53), Andy Gray. Unused substitutes: Preece, Hammill, Macken, Hume, Potter, Butterfield.

Watford: Loach, Mariappa, DeMerit, Taylor, Doyley (Hoskins 84), Cowie, Jenkins (Graham 63), Eustace, Harley, Lansbury, Helguson. Unused substitutes: Lee, McGinn, Bennett, Bryan, Hodson.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex).

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