Portsmouth skipper: Treacherous Barnsley conditions but a worthy point

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Gareth Evans reflected on a ‘treacherous’ Oakwell encounter and admitted: We’re pleased with a point.

With driving rain throughout and bitter South Yorkshire cold, conditions against Barnsley were testing and at times inhibitive.

Gareth Evans celebrates netting Pompey's opener in today's 1-1 draw with Barnsley. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

Gareth Evans celebrates netting Pompey's opener in today's 1-1 draw with Barnsley. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

Nonetheless, both sides served up an intriguing clash which resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Evans handed Kenny Jackett’s men a 43rd-minute lead when he capitalised on Alex Mowatt’s clearance falling straight to him, striking home left footed.

However, on 62 minutes, Cauley Woodrow converted Brad Potts’ right-wing cross to level.

There was to be no winner at the rain-drenched Oakwell, but Evans was satisfied with the outcome considering the circumstances.

He said: ‘Even for a northern lad, it was difficult, they were pretty treacherous conditions.

'As we went out for the start of the game the snow and sleet started and it began to get windier and windier – you knew that it was going to be quite a long afternoon.

‘But I think the lads stood up to the task well and we were pleased to come away with a point

‘It was sleety snow and extremely cold, but I’m a northern lad so used to playing conditions like that.

‘It made the conditions really difficult so, if you were to take that into account, it wasn't too bad a game of football.

‘For my goal, the central midfielder tracked back and cleared the ball straight to me, I managed to take a touch and hit it into the bottom corner.

‘We couldn’t hold onto that lead, but I’ve just pleased to get the result we did.’