Barnsley manager Simon Davey admitted a draw at Derby was a blow in his team's battle to avoid relegation from the Coca-Cola Championship.

Davey saw his side outplay the home side at Pride Park, but the lack of a cutting edge cost them two points.

Davey, whose side are hovering above the bottom three, said: "Ordinarily a point at Derby County would be something for a big celebration, but on this occasion, it has to go down as a disappointment.

"That's up there with our best performances of the season. We dominated the first 45 minutes and we were better than them in the second half.

"Jon Macken had a great chance but their goalkeeper pulled off an unbelievable save, you won't see better than that all season.

"We also hit a post, although that was probably not intended, and Michael Mifsud had a couple of chances when he was through on the goalkeeper, and that's why I think it should have been a three-point game for us.

"It's very frustrating to create so many chances and only end up with one point, but when you are down where we are, you don't get lucky breaks."

Derby, who are three points higher up the table, were below par for long periods of the game.

Macken looked nailed on to score, 12 minutes from time, after chesting down a high ball from Hugo Colace but his close range shot hit the chest of goalkeeper Stephen Bywater and bounced to safety.

Mifsud was denied by Bywater in two one-on-one situations either side of the interval while substitute El Haimour floated a cross against the far post which had deceived Bywater.

With Nottingham Forest losing at home to Wolves, Barnsley still moved three points clear of the danger zone and have eight games to play. Significantly, they also have two games in hand on the majority of the other clubs in the relegation scrap.

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