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Reading 3-0 Barnsley

Joey van den Berg scores Reading's second goal against Barnsley
Joey van den Berg netted his first league goal for Reading with their second against Barnsley

Reading picked up a first win in four games while Barnsley's struggles continued with a third defeat in a row.

Dave Edwards headed in Liam Kelly's near-post corner to score the opener for the hosts before Joey van den Berg drove in an impressive second.

Reading were made to sweat for the three points in the second half when Harvey Barnes hit a post for Barnsley.

But Jon Dadi Bodvarsson made sure with a third goal, heading in after Adrian Popa's shot came back off the crossbar.

Reading climb two places to 16th with the victory while Barnsley drop to 18th, six points above the bottom three.

Paul Heckingbottom's side threatened a comeback at 2-0 when Barnes struck the woodwork, and Brad Potts also tested Vito Mannone in the Reading goal with a shot from distance.

But Liam Moore hit the post for Reading as they searched for a third goal, before Bodvarsson nodded in his first home goal for the club after coming off the bench.

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"We're happy with the result but with the performance at times, we didn't quite get into our stride.

"We always want to pick up to a certain level and I think we can do a bit better. It's difficult to keep the same standards, so sometimes you have to dig in to get a result.

"There were certain players who didn't play up to the standards today. But by working hard, we still gained the result and I think that's a positive."

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We take a lot from the game in terms of learning about players; it's a reminder to everyone of where we are.

"It's difficult to accept, but with young players in particular, I know I have to give them a little bit of leeway and understand that they're going to be inconsistent.

"However, that tonight wasn't good enough, and some of the solid performers who have been playing well, their performance has dipped as well."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 19Bacuna
  • 5McShane
  • 6Moore
  • 2Gunter
  • 4van den Berg
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forPopaat 68'minutes
  • 16Edwards
  • 38KellySubstituted forIloriat 81'minutes
  • 17Barrow
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forBödvarssonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Beerens
  • 20Ilori
  • 22Clement
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 24Blackett
  • 25Popa
  • 31Jaakkola

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 17Yiadom
  • 5MacDonaldSubstituted forPearsonat 45'minutes
  • 6Lindsay
  • 3Fryers
  • 20Potts
  • 22GardnerSubstituted forBradshawat 45'minutes
  • 4WilliamsBooked at 83mins
  • 15Barnes
  • 10Moncur
  • 19UgboSubstituted forThiamat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McCarthy
  • 8McGeehan
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 13Townsend
  • 24Pearson
  • 26Thiam
  • 34Hedges
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
13,317

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Barnsley 0.

Foul by Adrian Popa (Reading).

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Attempt saved. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Barnsley 0. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) header from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Adrian Popa (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Attempt missed. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Mamadou Thiam.

Booking

Joe Williams (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Williams (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Tiago Ilori replaces Liam Kelly.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Liam Moore (Reading) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mamadou Thiam.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mamadou Thiam.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Adrian Popa replaces Sone Aluko.

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley).

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brad Potts (Barnsley).

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Yann Kermorgant.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

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

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Williams.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Barnsley).

goal

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