Barnsley 2 Doncaster Rovers 2: Rovers left waiting after Trippier grabs Oakwell draw

Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll cut a frustrated figure after his side’s draw at Barnsley.

It had looked as if Rovers were going to earn their first win in 10 games, and at the same time move eight points clear of the bottom three with two games to play, but Kieran Trippier stepped up with three minutes remaining to steal a draw with a sublime free-kick.

Two goals from Jason Euell, either side of a Stephen Foster leveller, put Rovers on course for a deserved victory before Trippier struck.

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But their npower Championship safety is still all-but guaranteed as Sheffield United or Scunthorpe must make up a considerable deficit in goal difference to have any hope of overhauling Rovers.

O’Driscoll said: “It’s frustrating. We had enough chances to win. To come here and push Barnsley all the way, I am pleased. It’s been the story of our season.

“I was disappointed with the second goal but we kept plugging away and nobody’s heads went down.

“To win these games you’ve got to create chances. Their keeper made a great save and when I saw that I thought ‘it’s not going to be our day’.”

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O’Driscoll questioned referee Peter Walton for awarding Barnsley the free-kick which allowed them to equalise.

“I know the referee was from the Premier League but I don’t know if he would have given it against Wayne Rooney,” he said. “I couldn’t see it as a foul. It’s difficult when you need points but we have shipped six goals before in a game. We’ve just inched along.”

Barnsley boss Mark Robins will turn his attention to youth as the Tykes have nothing more to play for this term.

He said: “I am pleased that we had five players under the age of 20 playing and three of those were under 17. We’re looking at fast-tracking them into more games. We’ve got two games left and one of them is a derby game.

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“I thought the goals we conceded were sloppy goals to give away which is the annoying part for me. From a set-piece we’ve got a goal back. Kieran Trippier deserved that because he practices that type of free-kick every day.”

Barnsley: Steele, Trippier, Foster, Shackell, Hill, Mellis (Hassell 62), Doyle, Butterfield, Haynes (Rose 79), Gray, Noble-Lazarus (Clark 75). Unused substitutes: Preece, O’Brien, McEveley, Arismendi.

Doncaster Rovers: Gary Woods (Sullivan 69), O’Connor, Thomas, Hird, Friend, Coppinger, Gillett, Oster, Mason (Wilson 88), Euell (Brooker 88), Hayter. Unused substitutes: Shiels, Souza, Moussa, Kilgallon.

Referee: P Walton (Northamptonshire).