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Gerhard Struber: 'Barnsley the better team against league leaders West Brom'

Aapo Halme's tap-in in the 90th minute rescued a vital point.

Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber praised his young team's fight and teamwork after they scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to league leaders West Brom.

Aapo Halme's tap-in in the 90th minute rescued a vital point for a Barnsley side struggling at the foot of the table.

The hosts had the better of the chances in the first half when a Jacob Brown volley led to a wonder save from Sam Johnstone.

However, it was a goalkeeping mistake at the other end that led to the opening goal in the fifth minute when Barnsley keeper Sami Radlinger's poor clearance fell straight to Filip Krovinovic who took two touches and fired over the keeper into an empty net from 25 yards.

Barnsley continued to add pressure in the second half with the best chance before the important goal being a Luke Thomas curling effort from just inside the box forcing another save out of Johnstone.

The hosts had chance after chance and could have won the game, but their final ball was often found wanting.

Struber said: "I feel good and I am very happy with our performance today. I think we were very disciplined and created a lot of chances.

"I think West Brom were, as expected, a difficult team as league leaders, and I think after this game I am very happy with this team.

"We were the better team today with the better chances and the right mentality and character and right match plan.

"The belief in our strength and match plan and we had the right punch and power to change the result. It was a very good game. We are not a relegation team.

"I think the points will come if we have the attitude like this. We have the right mentality to win games.

"A young team we never give up and with this attitude we can beat opponents.

"We have the right quality and also the right character to stay in this league."

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said: "Of course I am disappointed when you concede late and not get the three points but they did create a lot of chances in the second half.

"It's a big disappointment. We knew it was going to be hard because they've recently got a really good record and are playing good football, especially at home.

"I expected us to be more clinical. We wanted the midfield to be full of good players.

"It is a sticky period, I'm never happy with a point but we have to take it.

"Barnsley are a good team, they run a lot and they came into our box with 4/5/6 players.

"When we conceded we're disappointed but to be fair, they deserved it."

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· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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