Markus Schopp was pleased with the 'fight' his Barnsley team showed in a 1-1 draw at Stoke City which became bad-tempered at the end with four red cards.

Stoke coach Dean Holden ran into a the Reds technical area, sparking a melee which saw him, his colleague Rory Delap and Barnsley coach Joe Laumann all sent off. Potters defender Tommy Smith had already been sent off for a foul on Claudio Gomes.

Schopp said: "It was the 90th minute, it was 1-1, everyone has a bit of feeling. A coach from the other team was in my coaching zone and then he attacked me. That was the starting point. He doesn't have anything to do in my coaching zone. The rumours started and you will see on the clips in a perfect way."

Asked if he expected a fine from the EFL for the club, Schopp said: "We will see but I guess something will probably come. But it all started from our coaching zone where only Barnsley coaches should be."

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Overall, Schopp was happy with the draw. He said: "I am proud of the effort of the lads. We knew it would be a big fight. It is important to know we can fight like this and get a point."

Goalkeeper Brad Collins saved a penalty on the stroke of half-time, which he conceded, then made a string of other fine saves. Schopp said: "We had a wall in the goal today with Brad who was unbelievable. We know what quality Brad has. Some people were critical after Bournemouth but we know what we have with him.

"Most of the work the lads did was OK but sometimes we struggled then we had Brad."

On the alleged foul by Collins on Sam Surridge, Schopp said: "I didn't see it but my analyst told me it was not a penalty. But it was such a stupid transition moment when we lost the ball in an easy way, like on Saturday. We were sometimes playing youth football in the first half but it was different in the second half."

Collins said: "I did not think it was a penalty one bit. The ref said he didn't see me touch him but he didn't see me touch the ball. Sometimes they are given sometimes they are not.

"Kev Pilkington (goalkeeper coach) told me before the game that their penalties go down the middle. It's all his work and he's made me save it."

Barnsley conceded in the 16th minute but levelled through Cauley Woodrow's superb long-range free-kick in the 37th.

"It's important for Cauley to get this goal. I am so glad for him because he works like mad every day. He is always fighting for the goal and it's a moment which is important for us and for him."

Woodrow added: "It was a big moment, not just for me but for the team. Someone needed to step up and on another day it would be someone else.

"It's not a bad point in the end. It's been our downfall this season that teams score with their first real chance. But we came back and could even have won it."

Schopp played Callum Brittain in central midfield and Toby Sibbick at right wing-back.

"It's not their perfect position but right now we are struggling and we had to find good solutions. We had moments where we struggled but it was not that bad. I am proud of all of the lads and the way they fought."

Schopp took off Romal Palmer and full debutant Aaron Leya Iseka at half-time.

"We had to react because we were struggling with them breaking our first line. We have to be bit more adult. Sometimes we are playing youth soccer. The lads have to understand we have already paid a big price in the last games and we have to be smarter."