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Spot-kick frustrates Robins

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Barnsley boss Mark Robins was disappointed with the referee's decision to award a penalty in their 1-1 npower Championship draw with Swansea.

Bobby Hassell thought he had scored the winning goal at Oakwell until Scott Sinclair was fouled in the box by goalkeeper Luke Steele. Sinclair picked himself up to score from the spot and earn Swansea a vital point.

Robins said: "My first impression was it was a penalty, but it was never a penalty. Luke Steele was off balance and it was a tale of two players, one went down and the other was left standing. "

He added: "The result is disappointing after we worked hard in the first half. I am disappointed for (new signing) Danny Haynes because he worked hard and had a goal disallowed.

"I am looking forward to working with him and to see him get better. He can play in a couple of positions and he wants to do well. He's from London and it's a testament to him that he wants come and play for Barnsley.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half. If they hadn't have got the penalty I didn't see them scoring."

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers said: "I am happy with a point after the first-half performance.

"We weren't aggressive enough at defending. The reaction of the team in the second half was outstanding.

"It was a clear penalty; it was a clearer penalty than the Barnsley goal looked.

"I was disappointed at how we defended the corner, it was poor defending. I am happy with the second half; they showed the spirit that there is in that group of players."

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Topics:
Bristol City
Football
Luke Steele
Championship
Barnsley
Bobby Hassell
Scott Sinclair
Danny Haynes
Swansea City
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