DELIGHTED Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom said his side’s first point in five Championship games was a result of “hard work and not panicking”.
The Tykes had goalkeeper Adam Davies to thank for stopping the rot with a brilliant injury-time save when he tipped Ollie Watkins’s sizzling angled drive just past the post.
But Harvey Barnes and Tom Bradshaw both went close for the visitors in a frenetic last 20 minutes that could have seen the points go either way.
Heckingbottom said: “We worked very hard for the point and I think we deserved it. After five defeats against teams who have had hardly any shots against us we were beginning to wonder what we’d done wrong.
“But we were a lot more ruthless and dogged defensively and that was against a really good Brentford side. We’ve recruited players who don’t know this league but we haven’t panicked and we’ve kept working just as hard to try to improve every day. If not, this league will swamp you.”
Davies ensured the Tykes ended their losing run with superb saves at either end of the 90 minutes, and Heckingbottom added: “We needed to be better in the second half and we put a couple of things right, grew into game and got better and better, with and without the ball.
We were a lot more ruthless and dogged defensively and that was against a really good Brentford side.Barnsley boss, Paul Heckingbottom
“In the first half we were too eager to counter and when we won the ball we gave it back, but after the break we were more selective, had some good passages of play and might have nicked it.”
Brentford: Bentley, Clarke (Yennaris 68), Egan, Bjelland, Barbet, Woods, McEachran (Macleod 74), Canos (Jozefzoon 74), Sawyers, Watkins, Maupay. Unused substitutes: Mokotjo, Daniels, Chatzitheodoridis, Mepham.
Barnsley: Davies, McCarthy, Pearson (Pinnock 50), Lindsay, Yiadom, Moncur, Gardner, Williams, Barnes (Hammill 89), Thiam (Ugbo 82), Bradshaw. Unused substitutes: Townsend, Mallan, Potts, Bird.
Referee: David Coote (Notts).