Murray Wallace was frustrated that his side couldn’t find a way to claim all three points on Friday, as United had to settle for a point away at Barnsley.The Iron dominated the chances in the first half with Luke Williams and Jim O’Brien notably coming closest, but Barnsley came out firing in the second period and could have had the three points themselves had Luke Daniels not pulled off an excellent save with the 90-minute mark nearing.
“It was frustrating for us,” Wallace told The Iron PlayerHD.
“In the first half we had some good chances to go a goal up, but in the second half we didn’t really create as many.
“There’s some controversy with the lad that’s taken out Paddy (Madden) when he was through, it was at least a yellow. Even then if he gets sent off we still need to create chances to win the game.
“We’re just a bit annoyed as it was a good chance to catch up with some of the teams above us.”
Despite United not getting on the scoresheet, they did claim a clean sheet away at a team who have been in formidable form - something that has to be taken as a positive Wallace claimed.
“As a defender it’s always great to get another clean sheet, it’s just a shame that we’re not going home with the three points," he said.
“I think Barnsley came out in the second half and got at us, whereas we didn’t really get into it like we were in the first half.”
As has already been mentioned, Daniels pulled off one of the stops of the season in the second half. Wallace made sure his teammate knew just how important that save was after the game.
“I said to Luke after the game what a save it was. It was massive for us as that save gets us the clean sheet. He deserves all of the credit he gets after pulling off stops like that," he noted.
The match was Graham Alexander’s first in charge having been appointed manager just three days prior. Wallace said he is looking forward to working with the ex-Scotland international.
“It’s been really good. He came in on Wednesday so we’ve had a couple of days training with him. He’s just finding his feet at the club and making his mark slowly," he recollected.
Over 800 Iron fans made the trip and made a tremendous noise throughout, something Wallace applauded.
“We brought a lot of away fans. I suppose it’s quite a local clash, but Barnsley had good numbers too so it made for a good atmosphere," he said.
Swindon are the next to face United as we head back to Glanford Park on Monday, as the squad look to get Alexander his first three points on the board.
Wallace concluded: “We’ve talked about it, that with these two games it’s a real chance to close the gap on the teams above us. We still plan to do that with a big performance against Swindon on Monday."
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