Match ends, Leeds United 0, Barnsley 0.
Barnsley remain bottom of the Championship despite a hard-fought draw at Yorkshire rivals Leeds in Danny Wilson's first game back in charge.
Wilson, who returned to Oakwell earlier this week, watched his team earn only their fifth away point of the season.
Leeds's Matt Smith wasted two early chances at Elland Road before Marcus Tudgay poked wide for the Tykes.
The hosts dominated after Tudgay was sent off for a high tackle in the late stages, but could not find a winner.
But the Whites, who were aiming for a sixth home win in seven attempts, still moved above Reading and up to fifth courtesy of Wigan's 2-1 victory at the Madejski Stadium.
Leeds had won only one of their last six matches against Barnsley and ex-Oldham striker Smith should have scored twice in the opening 12 minutes.
Jason Pearce launched a long ball to the 6ft 6in striker, who smartly chested down before seeing his fierce shot blocked at point-blank range by Barnsley goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Moments later, Smith was put clean through again and this time he could only prod the ball tamely at the England international.
Barnsley, who lost eight of their previous 10 away matches, almost took the lead when Tudgay managed to hold off a weak challenge from Leeds defender Marius Zaliukas before shooting wide.
Leeds needed to improve their supply to leading scorer Ross McCormack after the break but when the Scotland international eventually had a chance from 15 yards he shot straight at Butland.
Following Tudgay's red card for a high challenge on Zaliukas, Leeds upped the tempo with Danny Pugh's weak shot being their clearest sight of the Barnsley goal.
Leeds manager Brian McDermott:
"It was a red card offence [Tudgay's sending off].
"It was not a good tackle. Danny will be disappointed when he sees the tackle again and so will the player who went over the ball.
"If Barnsley play like they did, they have a major chance of staying up, but with so many matches to play and so many twists and turns to come, no-one can make those calls."
Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:
"It was a very good performance. For large parts of the first half we played really well after our keeper had made a good save.
"We made some chances and if one of them had gone in it would have given us an even bigger incentive.
"We had to defend in great numbers, which is to be expected when you come to Leeds. McDermott has put a good team together and there is no doubt in my mind that they will be right up there come the end of the season."
- 2PeltierSubstituted forByramat 45'minutes
- 6MurphyBooked at 30minsSubstituted forPoleonat 79'minutes
- 8AustinBooked at 69mins
- 36MowattBooked at 33minsSubstituted forTongeat 45'minutesBooked at 48mins
- 12ButlandBooked at 90mins
- 2HassellSubstituted forDawsonat 63'minutes
- 7O'BrienBooked at 73minsSubstituted forScotlandat 83'minutes
- 50TudgayBooked at 84mins
- 21MellisBooked at 29mins
- 19CywkaSubstituted forEtuhuat 67'minutes
- Keith Stroud
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Barnsley 0.
Foul by Jason Scotland (Barnsley).
Danny Pugh (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Scotland.
Attempt saved. Danny Pugh (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Tonge.
Jack Butland (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.
Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) because of an injury.
Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) is shown the red card.
Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).
Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Jim O'Brien.
Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dominic Poleon (Leeds United).
Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Luke Murphy.
Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.
Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).