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Dec 26, 2019 at 3pm UK
Barnsley
1-1
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
Halme (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
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Gerhard Struber: 'Barnsley the better team against league leaders West Brom'

:Headline: Gerhard Struber: 'Barnsley the better team against league leaders West Brom':
Aapo Halme's tap-in in the 90th minute rescued a vital point.

Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber praised his young team's fight and teamwork after they scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to league leaders West Brom.

Aapo Halme's tap-in in the 90th minute rescued a vital point for a Barnsley side struggling at the foot of the table.

The hosts had the better of the chances in the first half when a Jacob Brown volley led to a wonder save from Sam Johnstone.

However, it was a goalkeeping mistake at the other end that led to the opening goal in the fifth minute when Barnsley keeper Sami Radlinger's poor clearance fell straight to Filip Krovinovic who took two touches and fired over the keeper into an empty net from 25 yards.

Barnsley continued to add pressure in the second half with the best chance before the important goal being a Luke Thomas curling effort from just inside the box forcing another save out of Johnstone.

The hosts had chance after chance and could have won the game, but their final ball was often found wanting.

Struber said: "I feel good and I am very happy with our performance today. I think we were very disciplined and created a lot of chances.

"I think West Brom were, as expected, a difficult team as league leaders, and I think after this game I am very happy with this team.

"We were the better team today with the better chances and the right mentality and character and right match plan.

"The belief in our strength and match plan and we had the right punch and power to change the result. It was a very good game. We are not a relegation team.

"I think the points will come if we have the attitude like this. We have the right mentality to win games.

"A young team we never give up and with this attitude we can beat opponents.

"We have the right quality and also the right character to stay in this league."

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said: "Of course I am disappointed when you concede late and not get the three points but they did create a lot of chances in the second half.

"It's a big disappointment. We knew it was going to be hard because they've recently got a really good record and are playing good football, especially at home.

"I expected us to be more clinical. We wanted the midfield to be full of good players.

"It is a sticky period, I'm never happy with a point but we have to take it.

"Barnsley are a good team, they run a lot and they came into our box with 4/5/6 players.

"When we conceded we're disappointed but to be fair, they deserved it."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds43259969343584
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom432215674413381
3Brentford432391178354378
4Fulham4322101158441476
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest4318151055431269
6Cardiff CityCardiff431616116056464
7Swansea CitySwansea431615125550563
8Preston North EndPreston431711155652462
9Millwall431517114946362
10Derby CountyDerby431613145758-161
11Bristol City431710165862-461
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn431612156056460
13Reading431511175448656
14Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds431510185459-555
15Wigan AthleticWigan431412174653-754
16Queens Park RangersQPR43158206070-1053
17Stoke CityStoke43147225666-1049
18Birmingham CityBirmingham431213185269-1749
19Middlesbrough431114184356-1347
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield431211204965-1647
21Charlton AthleticCharlton431210214758-1146
22Hull City43129225775-1845
23Luton TownLuton43128234979-3044
24Barnsley431013204667-2143
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Championship Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds43259969343584
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom432215674413381
3Brentford432391178354378
4Fulham4322101158441476
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest4318151055431269
6Cardiff CityCardiff431616116056464
7Swansea CitySwansea431615125550563
8Preston North EndPreston431711155652462
9Millwall431517114946362
10Derby CountyDerby431613145758-161
11Bristol City431710165862-461
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn431612156056460
13Reading431511175448656
14Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds431510185459-555
15Wigan AthleticWigan431412174653-754
16Queens Park RangersQPR43158206070-1053
17Stoke CityStoke43147225666-1049
18Birmingham CityBirmingham431213185269-1749
19Middlesbrough431114184356-1347
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield431211204965-1647
21Charlton AthleticCharlton431210214758-1146
22Hull City43129225775-1845
23Luton TownLuton43128234979-3044
24Barnsley431013204667-2143
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