Barnsley 1-1 Reading: Lucas Joao denies Tykes crucial victory

Lucas Joao goal
Lucas Joao's equaliser for Reading left Barnsley with just two wins in 21 league games

Lucas Joao's second-half goal rescued a point for Reading at the Championship's bottom side Barnsley.

The Tykes went ahead after the break when Cauley Woodrow coolly slotted into the bottom corner when the ball broke to him in the box.

Joao levelled by poking the ball into the back of the net from close range after Barnsley failed to clear a corner.

An entertaining game at Oakwell saw both sides create numerous opportunities, but a combination of fine goalkeeping and poor finishing meant neither could pick up a crucial victory.

Barnsley are still seven points from safety and will surely feel frustrated they failed to cap a dominant first half with a goal or see out the game once they went ahead.

Jacob Brown fired a good chance over for the hosts early on, Alex Mowatt struck into the side netting and Conor Chaplin was denied by Royals goalkeeper Rafael Cabral on the stroke of half-time.

Reading also had chances to score as Charlie Adam had a couple of long-range efforts palmed away by Samuel Radlinger and Jordan Obita blasted over just before Woodrow broke the deadlock with his eighth goal of the season.

But Barnsley's habit of conceding late on continued when Portuguese forward Joao pounced with the ball bobbling around in the box.

Substitute Patrick Schmidt had two chances to win it for the hosts late on but Cabral saved them.

Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We created a lot of good chances in the first half and I think we should have taken one of them. We need to learn.

"We played for a victory after they equalised and I think that is the first step to change the mindset of the players.

"I'm not happy with one point because when you look at the game you would expect that we would have won it.

"We needed to focus on their goal and one or two players didn't do that. It's a situation we can learn from because we are a very young team."

Reading manager Mark Bowen:

"In the situation we're in, you've got to try and take something out of every game you play.

"I'm really pleased that after going behind in a game and conceding a poor goal, we showed the resilience to keep pushing and we changed a few things tactically and it paid off.

"We huffed and puffed a bit and showed a bit more quality on the ball, but it's not going that fluidly for us at the moment at times.

"Things seem to be going against us with injuries, but there was desire to fight back and take something."



  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 2Williams
  • 5Diaby
  • 6Andersen
  • 3WilliamsSubstituted forSibbickat 60'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 4DougallBooked at 81mins
  • 10Bähre
  • 27Mowatt
  • 9Woodrow
  • 11Chaplin
  • 7BrownSubstituted forSchmidtat 87'minutes


  • 16Thomas
  • 19Schmidt
  • 21Sibbick
  • 22Oduor
  • 26Thiam
  • 32Mottley-Henry
  • 40Collins


  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 5Miazga
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMeiteat 75'minutes
  • 6Moore
  • 2Gunter
  • 26Adam
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 14Ejaria
  • 11ObitaSubstituted forBlackettat 82'minutes
  • 31Lucas João
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forBaldockat 65'minutes


  • 1Walker
  • 9Baldock
  • 12McCleary
  • 19Meite
  • 22Howe
  • 24Blackett
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
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Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamReading
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Match ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 1.

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Reading) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas João.

Attempt saved. Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Toby Sibbick.

Offside, Barnsley. Cauley Woodrow tries a through ball, but Patrick Schmidt is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mike-Steven Bähre.

Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Bambo Diaby.


Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Jacob Brown.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matt Miazga.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Dougall.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley).

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

Jordan Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Adam.


Substitution, Reading. Tyler Blackett replaces Jordan Obita.


Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenneth Dougall (Barnsley).

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kenneth Dougall.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sam Baldock with a cross.

Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam.


Goal! Barnsley 1, Reading 1. Lucas João (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.


Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Michael Morrison.

Attempt missed. Bambo Diaby (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Reading).

Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).


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