Barnsley 1-1 Read: Alex Mowatt scores from the spot to give Valerian Ismael’s side a pivotal point in the battle for the playoffs, while Lucas Joao produces a miss from the SEASON contender that would have the win for Royals secured
- Reading took the lead after 34 minutes on Barnsley via Ovie Ejaria
- Alex Mowatt scored a crucial equalizing goal from eleven meters in the 61st minute
- Lucas Joao somehow missed an open target that would have recaptured the lead
- The result remains both in the playoffs with Barnsley in fifth and Reading in sixth
Lucas Joao’s goals have fueled Reading’s promotional pressure, but it will be before his miss of the season at Oakwell on Friday night that he will be remembered as the odd man out in the skirmish for the playoff places for the championship.
The Portuguese striker inexplicably shot an open goal 16 minutes before time after Barnsley gave their top six rivals a chance to steal all three points.
Callum Styles went back to his goalkeeper Brad Collins, oblivious to the fact that Yakou Meite was lurking in the area after the breakup of the previous attack. Meite held off Collins’s challenge and played the 18-goal Joao, who was unable to hit the target from 10 yards.
Lucas Joao missed a sitter who could have given Reading a crucial win over Barnsley
Reading had taken the lead in the first half with Ovie Ejarie scoring his third goal of the season
Alex Mowatt scored an equalizer from the spot in the second half to give Barnsley a run
Reading missed the opportunity to stay ahead of Barnsley in the play-off battle
Barnsley: Collins, Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen, Brittain, Palmer (Halme 57), Mowatt, Styles, Frieser, Woodrow (Dike 46), Adeboyejo (Morris 46)
Unused subs: Walton, Jordan Williams, Chaplin, Sibbick, Oduor, Moon
Target: Mowatt 61 (pen)
Booked: Woodrow, Palmer, Halme
Reading: Rafael Cabral, Yiadom, Moore, Gibson, Morrison (Holmes 42), Rinomhota, Laurent, Meite, Olise (Semedo 84), Ejaria, Lucas Joao
Unused subs: Tomas Esteves, Richards, Baldock, Southwood, Aluko, Tetek, Puscas
Target: Ejaria 34
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
A draw was enough to push Reading back above Bournemouth in sixth place and keep them within two points of Barnsley, who was seeded fifth, but it could have been so much better.
“It is no time to do anything other than give him our support. We believe in him and we have to give credit to Lucas for the goals he has scored to give us points, ” said Reading manager Veljko Paunovic.
Reading led by Ovie Ejaria’s stellar solo effort, his third league goal since a £ 3.5m switch from Liverpool last August, but was returned by the hour by Alex Mowatt’s penalty.
‘It was a fight, a difficult game. It could be a very good point at the end of the season, ” said Barnsley head coach Valerien Ismael.
During the match, Michal Helik fell back into the middle of Barnsley’s central defense trio, less than 48 hours after receiving the penalty that converted Harry Kane in England’s 2-1 win over Poland at Wembley.
Helik made an uninterrupted arrival at Yorkshire last September, but was one of the most outstanding players of the Championship and could have crowned his return to club service with the half-hour opening goal when Mowatt’s free kick found him past the Reading backline but his header of eight meters was missing. both power and direction, allowing Rafael Cabral to couple comfortably.
John O’Shea patted Joao on the back after his first half efforts with Reading leading
However, he shot wide in the second half despite an open net that was offered to him
At that stage, however, the hosts really should have been behind, that was the nature of two chances in the first half on their forwards. Meite and Joao both had time to set themselves the goal, only to produce quirky finishes.
But Ejaria showed them the composure needed in the 34th minute: he plucked a Hail Mary from Andy Rinomhota with a feathered touch on the left, took the ball in his stride and strode unopposed across the field before he passed the advancing Brad Collins. shoved.
It saw Barnsley chase another game on home soil, following Sheffield Wednesday’s end of their 12-game unbeaten run immediately before the international break.
Victor Adebyoejo has an attempt that is blocked by Liam Moore and Michael Morrison
The lead looked uncertain leading up to the break and was nearly lost when Callum Brittain’s attempt to cross Reading goalkeeper Rafal Cabral and kissed the face off the crossbar.
Moments later, Liam Moore’s flying block prevented Brittain’s target from reaching the intended target.
It was eventually eroded on the hour after Meite failed to get past Collins on the stretch, when former Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom was penalized for grabbing Callum Styles in the area and Mowatt converted from 12 yards.