Barnsley 0-0 Sunderland analysis: Jon McLaughlin ensures Black Cats are not blown off course – Chronicle Live

Barnsley 0-0 Sunderland analysis: Jon McLaughlin ensures Black Cats are not blown off course - Chronicle Live

Jack Ross reflects on Sunderlands draw with Barnsley and the League One promotion picture

The Black Cats long run of scoring in every game of the season came to an end at a ground where the impressive Barnsley have not lost all season.

Ross said the conditions, with winds raging throughout, made life difficult for both sides, particularly Sunderland in the first half.

Barnsley would have wanted to win the game, we did too, a lot of the planning goes out the window in conditions like tonight, it was incredibly difficult,” he said.

“It was really tough to play in it, especially first half. We will take the point and move on, we will be satisfied with the point.

“When you get a wind it can swirl but when it is as direct as that, Jons kicks were almost coming back at him, it helped Barnsley in that first half and it was a big out to come away level terms at half-time.

“It was not easy in an attacking sense after that either, it was a determining factor, you can see the amount of times normal passes went out of play.”

Ross admits the draw makes life tougher for Sunderland as they chase automatic promotion, but they remain very much in the hunt.

The Black Cats boss also warned against ruling Portsmouth out of the race, after they beat Walsall 3-2.

Portsmouth are not far away either, three teams in this league have had unbelievable seasons,” Ross said.

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Kenny Jacketts side took advantage of second-placed Barnsley and third-placed Sunderland both dropping points.

They played out a goalless draw at Oakwell, meaning Pompey are six points off the automatics with nine games remaining. 

Portsmouth are not far away either, three teams in this league have had unbelievable seasons, Ross told the Sunderland Echo.

So it is not easy, far from it, it makes it even more challenging to gain automatic promotion but we have kept ourselves in it.

We have a lot of points to play for. The game didnt pan out as I imagined due to the weather conditions.

The Blues have sold more than 30,000 tickets so far for their return to the national stadium since 2010.

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