GOALKEEPER Scott Flinders thought he was about to repeat his goalscoring heroics during the 1-0 defeat to Preston North End.
It was two seasons ago that the netminder raced upfield to head a last-minute equaliser against Bournemouth.
Yesterday, with the game entering stoppage time, Flinders – who had already saved a penalty - again joined his outfield comrades in the opposition area and came close to forcing home a dramatic leveller.
And the 26-year-old reflected: “It was similar to my first goal, I was just putting myself amongst bodies and putting my head in where it hurts.
“When the ball popped up I thought I was going to get on it.
“Big Stevie (Howard) got there just before me and it was saved, but I thought for a split-second I might do it again.
“Sadly it wasn’t to be because I thought we deserved at least a point from the game.
“It was so important to get a result to get momentum after Saturday (3-2 win at Sheffield United).
“So it’s disappointing that it didn’t work out.”
Flinders had earlier denied former Barnsley team-mate Nicky Wroe when leaping to glove clear his first-half penalty before John Mousinho headed in from a corner just minutes later.
And he went on: “It was a nice moment saving from a former team-mate and I’d had a bit banter with him in the tunnel before the game.
“Looking at his run-up I knew he was going to go that way.
“So that was brilliant but then we concede a poor goal.
“I was a bit unsighted and it went through my legs.
“I thought I’d saved it at first because it rebounded off both of my legs.
“The wind played a factor, as a goalie it’s the worst condition you can have.
“I expected to come for the cross but it carried further.”