Barker: That Sums Up Our Luck This Season.

Last updated : 30 January 2006 By Deano
Barker's header came back off the inside of the upright and appeared to cross the line not once but twice as he scrambled for the second ball, only to have appeals waved away by the officials when everyone inside Priestfield could see it should have been a goal.

The Millers lost two crucial survival points after the 1-1 draw, with Gavin Grant's header cancelling out Lee Williamson's crisp finish for the visitors.

Barker today spoke of his anguish at having the 'goal' ruled out, he told the official site: "I thought in the first place that my first effort hit the post and went over the line, although the referee probably didn't see that so couldn't give it straight away. But then I went in for it a second time and took the ball even further over the line so it was definately a goal.

Unfortunately the referee again didn't seem to see it although everyone in the ground thought it was a goal. He is the one who makes the decision but for some strange reason he was the one who didn't see it. That sums up our luck this season and I thought we deserved to win the game. We defended well at times, had the best chances and a winner with six or seven minutes left would have been a just reward.

It was disappointing to concede an equaliser from a corner but I thought we had done enough to get ourselves back infront again. One of our problems is that we just can't seem to keep a clean sheet, that's something we need to address."

Hartlepool is now a crunch game for the Millers this Saturday as the monkey hangers occupy the final relegation spot and arrive at Millmoor with a four point advantage.