Davey - No Macken blame
Simon Davey refused to blame Barnsley's draw with Norwich on Jon Macken's penalty miss.
Last Updated: 27/09/08 6:04pm
Barnsley boss Simon Davey refused to blame his side's goalless draw with Norwich at Oakwell on Jon Macken's first half penalty miss.
Macken saw his tame 12th minute spot kick easily gathered by Norwich goalkeeper David Marshall, but Davey was not pointing fingers.
The Tykes manager was full of praise for his players, despite recording only one win from their opening nine matches.
"Our first-half performance was fantastic and we should have gone in three or four up," said Davey. "The players were fantastic and I couldn't have asked for any more from them.
"The lads are working 100 per cent and there is a belief in the dressing room that we can turn things round. There is a platform for us to build on and we have to turn draws into wins."
Davey also refused to be drawn on the reasons behind Brian Howard's surprise omission from the side amid speculation the midfielder could be on the move.
"The club will make a statement on that on Monday," added the Barnsley boss.
Norwich chief Glenn Roeder took the positives out of the game after the visitors had to soak up long periods of pressure.
"They made it difficult for us to play but it's a good sign when you don't play well and still pick up a point," said Roeder.
"If Barnsley play like that, I'm sure they'll get away from the bottom of the table. You have to pat them on the back for their performance."
Roeder had no complaints about the first half penalty awarded for a handball offence from Matty Patterson.
He said: "Apparently it did hit his hand. We've had a few penalties against us and it was nice to see David Marshall save one."