Gray header earns Barnsley a point
BARNSLEY missed the chance to register their first home win of the season, but they deserved much more having dominated against Watford.
Andy Gray’s 58th minute headed equaliser cancelled out Marvin Sordell’s opener for the Hornets, but skipper Jacob Butterfield squandered good chances as Keith Hill’s on-song side failed to make their dominance pay.
The Reds went behind in the 37th minute when Watford’s first shot on target gave them the lead.
A Doyley corner from the left was flicked on by Yeates and there was Sordell, the England Under-21 international striker, to poke home from the edge of the six-yard box.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the hosts having dominated possession and chances in the opening exchanges.
Manager Hill resisted the temptation to change his team at the break having seen them play so well in the first half.
And the Reds’ boss was rewarded when his side levelled within 13 minutes of the restart - O’Brien again proving a real threat wide on the right, picking out Gray with a superb cross and the striker headed beyond Loach from close range.
Butterfield had a right-foot volley charged down on the edge of the area as the Reds threw everything at the visitors.
Substitute Vaz Te nearly caught Loach out at his near post with a low right-foot drive, but try as they might the Reds couldn’t get the second goal.
Winger Forsyth lost his marker with three minutes to go but saw his low drive easily saved by Reds’ keeper Steele as both sides were forced to settle for a point.
For a full report of this game, see the Green’Un.