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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

Line-ups

Barnsley

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

Substitutes

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

Reading

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 9Mendes
  • 11Obita
  • 15Harriott
  • 21Quinn
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 38Kelly
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
12,675

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamReading
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Reading 2.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

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.

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.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Danny Williams.

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

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

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

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

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Yann Kermorgant.

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

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.

Foul by Cole Kpekawa (Barnsley).

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

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.

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

Foul by Angus MacDonald (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Quinn replaces Roy Beerens.

Attempt blocked. Angus MacDonald (Barnsley) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Saidy Janko.

Attempt blocked. Marc Roberts (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Saidy Janko replaces Ryan Kent.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Tom Bradshaw replaces Sam Winnall.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Foul by Roy Beerens (Reading).

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Adam Armstrong (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Evans (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Barnsley).

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Angus MacDonald (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich8521139417
3Newcastle85031661015
4Barnsley85031911815
5Birmingham8431106415
6Brentford8422135814
7Brighton8422106414
8Reading8422910-114
9Fulham834186213
10Wolves8332109112
11Ipswich833287112
12Bristol City83231211111
13Nottm Forest83231617-111
14Sheff Wed8323911-211
15Leeds8314911-210
16QPR83141014-410
17Burton8233121209
18Aston Villa81528808
19Preston8206712-56
20Derby813427-56
21Rotherham8134920-116
22Wigan81251012-25
23Blackburn81251017-75
24Cardiff8125614-85
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