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Barnsley 1-1 Reading: Tykes hit back to draw with play-off rivals

Lucas Joao
Lucas Joao reacts after missing a great chance to put Reading back in front

Barnsley hit back to draw with fellow Championship play-off challengers Reading in a hard-fought match at Oakwell.

Reading forward Ovie Ejaria latched on to Andy Rinomhota's ball over the top to open the scoring with a low right-footed shot 11 minutes before the break.

The Tykes equalised from the penalty spot through Alex Mowatt just after the hour mark after Andy Yiadom hauled down Callum Styles in the box.

Lucas Joao missed a glorious chance to restore the visitors' lead, but skewed wide with the goal gaping after Yakou Meite beat Barnsley goalkeeper Brad Collins to a backpass.

Mads Anderson diverted the ball onto the Reading post after Rafael Cabral fumbled a free-kick, and the hosts also had a late goal ruled out for a foul on the Brazilian keeper.

Barnsley remain two points ahead of the Berkshire side, in fifth, with the Royals a point above seventh-placed Bournemouth, who beat Middlesbrough 3-1 earlier on Friday.

Although it was the hosts applying the late pressure, the visitors will likely feel they were the side which dropped two points after Joao's miss with 16 minutes to go.

Callum Styles passed the ball back to Collins not realising Meite was behind the Tykes keeper after a previous Royals attack had broken down.

The Ivory Coast international got to the ball first and set it back for Joao to finish into an empty net, but the Portuguese, who has 21 goals this season, somehow skewed his shot across goal and just wide.

Reading host Derby on Monday, while Valerien Ismael's side visit Luton on the same day.

Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We accept the point and we continue to move forward.

"It's the second game in a row where we have had a goal ruled out like that but we don't want to complain.

"We are proud of our efforts and we deserve to be where we are in the table.

"There are seven games left and you have to be clinical because all of the teams have the desire to win. The big difference will be the details now."

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic told BBC Berkshire:

"It wasn't tight, we were the better team and we absolutely deserved to win.

"You can't ask for more than then chances we had with Yakou at the start of the game and Lucas in the second half. I'm not happy with one point but we move on.

"It's not the first time Lucas has missed a good chance. You have to support him because the team needs him and there is no time for lamentations.

"I have a good rapport with him and it's important to see how he is feeling so that this kind of thing doesn't happen in the future."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 40Collins
  • 26Sollbauer
  • 30Helik
  • 6Andersen
  • 7Brittain
  • 21PalmerBooked at 25minsSubstituted forHalmeat 57'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 27Mowatt
  • 4Styles
  • 28Frieser
  • 29AdeboyejoSubstituted forMorrisat 45'minutes
  • 9WoodrowBooked at 18minsSubstituted forDikeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 2Williams
  • 10Dike
  • 11Chaplin
  • 14Morris
  • 20Sibbick
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 34Moon

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4MorrisonSubstituted forHolmesat 42'minutes
  • 6Moore
  • 15Gibson
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 28Laurent
  • 11Meite
  • 7OliseSubstituted forSemedoat 84'minutes
  • 14Ejaria
  • 18Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 2Pontes Esteves
  • 3Richards
  • 9Baldock
  • 22Southwood
  • 24Aluko
  • 29Holmes
  • 30Semedo
  • 34Tetek
  • 47Puscas
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamReading
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).

  4. Post update

    Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Dike.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daryl Dike (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Dike (Barnsley).

  8. Post update

    Rafael Cabral (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Liam Moore.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alfa Semedo (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Alfa Semedo replaces Michael Olise.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aapo Halme (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lewis Gibson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carlton Morris (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aapo Halme.

  15. Post update

    Mads Andersen (Barnsley) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Josh Laurent tries a through ball, but Lucas João is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Dike.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Styles (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Daryl Dike with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Lucas João is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas João (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford39239756263078
3Swansea38209945301569
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley39198125043765
6Reading391891253421163
7Bournemouth3817111058382062
8Cardiff3916101355381758
9Middlesbrough39168154742556
10Millwall391316103936355
11Stoke391413124442255
12QPR381411134243-153
13Luton38148163143-1250
14Bristol City39154203952-1349
15Blackburn391210175043746
16Nottm Forest391112163138-745
17Preston39136204050-1045
18Derby391110182942-1343
19Huddersfield37119174152-1142
20Birmingham391011182950-2141
21Coventry38912173251-1939
22Rotherham35105203848-1035
23Sheff Wed38108202848-2032
24Wycombe3979232661-3530
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