Date: 29th January 2014 at 12:58pm
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Barnsley have to be happy with a point against a very good Blackburn Rovers team.

Blackburn are the best team I have seen at Oakwell this season by some distance. They were sensational in the first half and the reds just couldn`t live with them.

Their passing and moving and attacking play was as good as you will see in this division and Barnsley had only Luke Steele to thank that they went in at half time only 2 – 1 down.

Barnsley took the lead against the run of play when Proschwitz scored on debut.

Blackburn had been by far the better team and they didn`t let their heads drop as Cairney and Gestede scored to give the visitors a half team lead.

Rovers had been far superior throughout the first period and had dominated in midfield. Wilson quickly reshuffled the flat four across the middle in to a diamond formation but the reds still couldn`t live with the Blackburn midfield.

Dawson was booked early which affected his game and he was holding himself back and was rightly taken off at half time.

Wilson was early to make his substitutions in this game and in general made the right ones. In previous games he had seemed to have a more ‘wait and see` approach but looks to know his players a lot better now.

The reds were a lot better in the second half and earned a share of the spoils when Chris O`Grady slotted home from the penalty spot.

A point was a good return particularly when at half time most reds fans were discussing how many Blackburn would get by the end of the 90 minutes.

Luke Steele was rightly named man of the after keeping Barnsley in the game on numerous occasions. This was greeted with a mixed response from the fans which was unbelievable.

In my opinion and many others I have spoken to, it was certainly the right decision. I spoke to many others who disagreed.

For those who agreed with the decision, we pointed to half a dozen fantastic saves that kept the reds in the game. For those that didn`t, they could not point out any reason that he shouldn`t have received the man of the match award but could only say the typical clich├ęs of ‘he was rubbish` or ‘whoever gave that is blind`.

My issue with it is not whether you agree with the decision or not but why the moans and groans when it is announced? Surely any player deserves the support of the fans when they are read out as man of the match.

In the first half he had just pulled off two great saves when one of his kicks went astray. His kicking isn`t the greatest but the moans from the crowd are beyond a joke at times. I can really see Steele being the next player to want away from the club.

Another player to receive abuse from fans of late is Tom Kennedy. It`s fair to say that he has certainly had a mixed season but even the biggest Kennedy haters out there can surely no longer want Nyatanga installing at left back in his place following the way they both performed yesterday.

Other performances of note, Ramage had his best game since joining us. Hopefully he can continue to improve and show why he has been a regular pick since he arrived.

O`Grady looked a lot better with a strike partner and Proschwitz himself had a good game.

He looks lively in the box, gets himself in good positions, he`s not afraid to have a shot and he scored on debut. I doubted the signing from what I had heard but I was very impressed with the way he played and it is certainly an improvement on the options we had before.

The midfield area was a concern but it`s a point on the board and that is all that matters in our battle against relegation.