Reading suffered a shock home defeat against lowly Barnsley to end their unbeaten five-match run and dent their Championship play-off hopes.

The Tykes went ahead through a fine finish from captain Stephen Dawson, but Reading levelled before half-time when Pavel Pogrebnyak converted a penalty after he was fouled by Kelvin Etuhu.

Reuben Noble-Lazarus chipped the away side back in front, and Dale Jennings's 25-yard strike sealed the victory.

The win moved Barnsley off the bottom.

Danny Wilson's side arrived at the Madejski Stadium with the worst away record in the Championship, with just seven points from a possible 51.

But they started the better, with Liam Lawrence driving wide from long distance and Dawson forcing a decent save from home goalkeeper Alex McCarthy with a fierce shot.

And it was no surprise when they went ahead in the 16th minute. Chris O'Grady took advantage of a poor back-pass from Chris Gunter and set up Dawson to score with a cleverly placed effort.

Reading levelled four minutes later when skipper Jobi McAnuff released Pogrebnyak, who strode forward before Etuhu halted his progress illegally. The Russian striker coolly slotted in the spot-kick for his 10th goal of the season.

The hosts upped the pace before half-time but Barnsley scored twice in four minutes after the interval to end the contest.

First Tomasz Cywka flicked a pass on to Noble-Lazarus, a half-time substitute, and his precise chip glided in over McCarthy.

And victory was sealed when Jennings cut in unchallenged from the left to fire home from distance.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "On the back of a good win away to Birmingham, that was a great opportunity for us tonight.

"We were playing a team well below us in the league and yet we failed to capitalise on that. We were just not good enough.

"We're still in the play-off race but we were very poor this evening. No one can hide away from that fact."

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"Of course we can stay up

"When you witness a performance like that, we must have a great chance.

"We fully deserved the win and it will give our confidence a great boost. All in all, it was a superb performance."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 16 Akpan
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 12 McCleary
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 10 Drenthe (Robson-Kanu - 71' )
  • 22 Blackman (Le Fondre - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector
  • 39 Tanner

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 14 Lawrence (Frimpong - 71' Booked )
  • 16 Jennings
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 08 Dawson Booked
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 20 Pedersen (Noble-Lazarus - 45' )
  • 19 Cywka

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 15 Frimpong
  • 21 Mellis
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 31 Turner
  • 42 McCourt
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 16,645

Match Stats

Shots

11 18

On target

4 5

Corners

4 2

Fouls

12 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 1, Barnsley 3.

90:00 +3:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 1, Barnsley 3.

90:00 +0:26

Luke Steele (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:26

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

88:06

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

87:13

Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:13

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

82:54 Booking

Booking Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:45

Foul by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

82:45

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:52

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

81:52

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:26

Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:26

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

76:14

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:14

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

74:50

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Steele.

74:46

Attempt saved. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

74:25

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

74:25

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:28

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:28

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

73:23

Attempt blocked. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass.

72:36

Hand ball by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

70:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Royston Drenthe.

70:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Emmanuel Frimpong replaces Liam Lawrence.

69:14

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre with a headed pass.

68:23

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:23

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

68:10

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

68:07

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:34

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:34

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

66:24

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:24

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

60:32

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tomasz Cywka.

60:13

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley).

60:13

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:29

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

57:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Nick Blackman.

56:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Barnsley 3. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

52:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Barnsley 2. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

49:35

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

48:31

Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Barnsley).

48:31

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:15

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

48:15

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:46

Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

47:04

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is blocked. Assisted by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

46:24

Attempt saved. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 1, Barnsley 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Marcus Pedersen.

45:00 +1:39 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 1, Barnsley 1.

45:00 +0:30 Booking

Booking Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:09

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

45:00 +0:09

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:48

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Dawson.

44:12

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:12

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

43:41

Foul by Dale Jennings (Barnsley).

43:41

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:45

Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kelvin Etuhu.

38:40

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Royston Drenthe.

37:21

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

37:21

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:52

Offside, Barnsley. Kelvin Etuhu tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

34:21

Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

32:22

Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

31:36

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

29:43

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

29:40

Attempt blocked. Jordan Obita (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

28:34

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:34

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

28:04

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

28:04

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:37

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

26:37

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:04

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

26:04

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:25

Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:25

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

22:49

Hand ball by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

21:42

Offside, Barnsley. Lewin Nyatanga tries a through ball, but Dale Jennings is caught offside.

19:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Barnsley 1. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

18:08

Penalty Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak draws a foul in the penalty area.

18:08

Penalty conceded by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) after a foul in the penalty area.

17:31

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

17:31

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Barnsley 1. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

13:08

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:08

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

12:55

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Lawrence with a cross following a corner.

12:15

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

9:07

Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass.

8:24

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Steele.

8:21

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

7:59

Attempt saved. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

7:58

Attempt saved. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dale Jennings with a cross.

7:21

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

4:28

Hand ball by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

3:23

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

3:12

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

2:44

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

2:44

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:15

Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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