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Steele Is Reds' Hero In Penalty Shoot-Out

Wednesday August 7 2013


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LUKE Steele was Barnsley's hero as the Reds overcame Scunthorpe 5-4 on penalties after a lacklustre goalless draw in the Capital One Cup.

Nine spot-kicks were missed in total - Luke Steele saving three - before Chris O'Grady finally ended the tie.

The hosts could have won it late in extra-time when O'Grady somehow shot over from just eight yards after great work from Jim O'Brien.

But he made amends in the shoot-out, sending Barnsley through to the second round of the competition.

The Reds were frustrated by their League Two opponents in a drab first half, struggling to pass their way through Scunthorpe's five-man midfield.

Their best effort came from David Perkins, whose deflected shot was tipped over just moments after Scunthorpe had almost scored in a frenetic goalmouth scramble.

After the restart it was the visitors who looked the more likely scorers, with ex-Sheffield Wednesday man Deon Burton testing Steele from close range.

It went to extra-time, with Reds defender Jean-Yves M'Voto and Scunthorpe substitute Matt Godden going close. But it was Chris O'Grady who was guilty of missing the game's biggest goalscoring opportunity.

Neither side could break the deadlock and it was left to O'Grady to put Barnsley in round two with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory.

"I think we all have been entertained," said David Flitcroft. "The fitness of the players was outstanding."

"It's a good night. I thought we completely dominated the game. I'm delighted that we've come through 120 minutes of football.

"There were some really good performances and energy levels tonight. Don't forget a lot of this team played 90 minutes against Wigan, with ten men for 35 minutes."

Martin Cranie was however withdrawn through injury, and is a cause for concern.

"We're not sure what knee damage it is," Flitcroft added. "It's serious enough to get a scan."

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