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Reading 1-3 Barnsley

Pavel Pogrebnyak

Reading suffered a shock home defeat against lowly Barnsley to end their unbeaten five-match run and dent their Championship play-off hopes.

The Tykes went ahead through a fine finish from captain Stephen Dawson, but Reading levelled before half-time when Pavel Pogrebnyak converted a penalty after he was fouled by Kelvin Etuhu.

Reuben Noble-Lazarus chipped the away side back in front, and Dale Jennings's 25-yard strike sealed the victory.

The win moved Barnsley off the bottom.

Danny Wilson's side arrived at the Madejski Stadium with the worst away record in the Championship, with just seven points from a possible 51.

But they started the better, with Liam Lawrence driving wide from long distance and Dawson forcing a decent save from home goalkeeper Alex McCarthy with a fierce shot.

And it was no surprise when they went ahead in the 16th minute. Chris O'Grady took advantage of a poor back-pass from Chris Gunter and set up Dawson to score with a cleverly placed effort.

Reading levelled four minutes later when skipper Jobi McAnuff released Pogrebnyak, who strode forward before Etuhu halted his progress illegally. The Russian striker coolly slotted in the spot-kick for his 10th goal of the season.

The hosts upped the pace before half-time but Barnsley scored twice in four minutes after the interval to end the contest.

First Tomasz Cywka flicked a pass on to Noble-Lazarus, a half-time substitute, and his precise chip glided in over McCarthy.

And victory was sealed when Jennings cut in unchallenged from the left to fire home from distance.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "On the back of a good win away to Birmingham, that was a great opportunity for us tonight.

"We were playing a team well below us in the league and yet we failed to capitalise on that. We were just not good enough.

"We're still in the play-off race but we were very poor this evening. No one can hide away from that fact."

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"Of course we can stay up

"When you witness a performance like that, we must have a great chance.

"We fully deserved the win and it will give our confidence a great boost. All in all, it was a superb performance."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 16Akpan
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 12McCleary
  • 11McAnuff
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 71'minutes
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forLe Fondreat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector
  • 39Tanner

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 14LawrenceSubstituted forFrimpongat 71'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 16Jennings
  • 4Kennedy
  • 22Mvoto
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 8DawsonBooked at 45mins
  • 23Etuhu
  • 10O'Grady
  • 20PedersenSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 45'minutes
  • 19Cywka

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 9Proschwitz
  • 15Frimpong
  • 21Mellis
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
  • 31Turner
  • 42McCourt
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
16,645

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Barnsley 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Barnsley 3.

  3. Post update

    Luke Steele (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

  6. Post update

    Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

  8. Booking

    Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley).

  10. Post update

    Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

  15. Post update

    Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Steele.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

  20. Post update

    Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester37257570353582
2Burnley382213364313379
3QPR38209947321569
4Derby381991066452166
5Wigan371881150361462
6Reading3816111159451459
7Nottm Forest38141595547857
8Ipswich381512115043757
9Brighton371511113931856
10Bournemouth381410144953-452
11Blackburn371312124748-151
12Watford3712131256461049
13Sheff Wed381212144743448
14Leeds37138165156-547
15Middlesbrough381016124743446
16Huddersfield38129174953-445
17Bolton381014144954-544
18Blackpool381011173253-2141
19Birmingham381010184755-840
20Doncaster381010183356-2340
21Charlton35811162644-1835
22Yeovil38711203658-2232
23Barnsley37711193464-3032
24Millwall38711203567-3232
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