Barnsley 1-2 Reading

Garath McCleary
Garath McCleary has scored three goals for Reading this season

Garath McCleary scored before being sent off as Reading beat Barnsley despite playing more than half the game with 10 men.

McCleary saw his penalty saved by Adam Davies, after John Swift was brought down, before firing in the rebound.

Swift then curled in a second before McCleary was sent off for shoving Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane to the ground.

Adam Armstrong fired in a low shot for Barnsley late on but Reading held firm.

It was a disappointing result for the Tykes, who had thrashed Wolves 4-0 at Molineux on Tuesday.

Ryan Kent went close to putting them ahead when he struck the crossbar but it was the visitors who took the lead after Swift was brought down in the box by keeper Davies.

Davies did well to save the penalty but was unable to deny McCleary's follow-up attempt.

Following Swift's sublime finish to put Reading 2-0 up, McCleary was sent off for his reaction to a seemingly innocuous foul by Hourihane on Danny Williams.

But, despite having an extra man, Barnsley struggled to create clear chances, with only Armstrong being able to find the net.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom:

"We suffered through not getting the first goal today. Credit has to go to Reading, who played well. It was a good open game with chances at both ends, but going down 2-0 in this league is always going to make things difficult.

"We were given a lifeline in the sending-off and we will always fight right to the end and I'm glad the fans stuck with us right to the end. There's a brilliant bond between the players and the fans at the moment and the lads were given a great ovation at the end.

"We're enjoying every minute of life in this league. Big managers, big players on the pitch, big crowds, it's exactly what we want.

"We've got good players - good players who work their socks off - and we want to learn from today and get better and better with each game."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"In the first half we played very well. We had good possession, generated a number of chances and scored two good goals.

"We dominated with 11 men on the pitch, but obviously after Garath got sent off it was a totally different game. We decided to play a 4-4-1 system that allowed us to defend against Barnsley, who are a side with real quality.

"Sometimes maybe we got a bit lucky, but we worked very hard and didn't give many clear-cut chances away.

"Of course, Garath knows what he's done and does feel guilty because he was playing a fantastic game until then, but I think you have to question whether something like that can't just see a yellow card given.

"We are building a certain team with a certain style of play and defending is definitely an aspect of that. We made it very difficult for the attacking team today."

REACTION: Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom speaks to BBC Radio Sheffield



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 3WhiteSubstituted forKpekawaat 17'minutes
  • 40KentSubstituted forJankoat 68'minutes
  • 6Scowen
  • 8HourihaneBooked at 35mins
  • 7HammillBooked at 33mins
  • 32A ArmstrongBooked at 63mins
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forBradshawat 68'minutes


  • 13Townsend
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Jackson
  • 19Kpekawa
  • 20Bradshaw
  • 21Janko
  • 29Morsy


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 16Moore
  • 24BlackettBooked at 60mins
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 45mins
  • 6Evans
  • 12McClearyBooked at 34mins
  • 8SwiftBooked at 50minsSubstituted forObitaat 52'minutes
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forQuinnat 72'minutes
  • 18KermorgantBooked at 42minsSubstituted forMendesat 86'minutes


  • 9Mendes
  • 11Obita
  • 15Harriott
  • 21Quinn
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 38Kelly
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Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamReading
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Danny Williams.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

  9. Post update

    Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cole Kpekawa with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Yann Kermorgant.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andy Yiadom.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Barnsley 1, Reading 2. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley).

  17. Post update

    Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Saidy Janko with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Angus MacDonald (Barnsley).

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