A late equaliser for the third time in four matches at Oakwell saw the gap to safety remain at five points with now only 21 left to play for.
Barnsley drew 1-1 at Oakwell for the third time in four matches, they have opened the scoring in each one but have conceded after 90+5, 86 and 82 minutes to drop a total of six points – points which would have seen the Reds sitting two points clear of the relegation zone.
Barnsley’s last six matches have now finished either 1-1 or 2-0 as have six of the last seven with the one exception being the 3-2 win over Middlesbrough.
Barnsley have failed to win any of the last 10 meetings with Reading (D5 L5) with four of those draws being 1-1.
Each of the last four Oakwell meetings have now finished 1-1.
Barnsley have also failed to win any of the last 10 Oakwell meetings with the Royals (D4 L6)
40. Brad Collins
7. Callum Brittain
6. Mads Andersen
5. Liam Kitching
26. Remy Vita
17. Claudio Gomes
33. Matty Wolfe
4. Callum Styles
27. Amine Bassi
28. Domingos Quina
14. Carlton Morris
22. Clarke Oduor (for Styles 69)
29. Victor Adeboyejo (for Wolfe 90+1)
1. Jack Walton, 10. Josh Benson, 11. Aaron Leya Iseka, 15. Jasper Moon, 21. Romal Palmer.
1 Örjan Nyland
3. Tom Holmes
4. Michael Morrison
5. Tom McIntyre
17. Andy Yiadom
15. Danny Drinkwater
28. Josh Laurent
9. Tom Ince
14. Ovie Ejaria
10. John Swift
18. Lucas João
19. Tom Dele-Bashiru (for Ejaria 78)
22. Luke Southwood, 12. Terell Thomas, 24. Scott Dann, 21. Abdul-Rahman Baba,
30. Femi Azeez, 35. Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan.
Reading manager Paul Ince said:
"It's going to be a battle. We started really well, then all of a sudden they had one shot on target and you find yourselves 1-0 down.
"We knew they were going to go long into Morris. We were ready for it, but it is hard to defend.
"For people like Barnsley, they want it scrappy, it's all about set-pieces. You have got to earn the right to play and I thought second half, we did that.
"We showed our character. We showed the desire to get back into the game."
Sky Bet Championship Results
FRIDAY 1ST APRIL 2022
Hull City (20th) 0-1 Huddersfield Town (3rd)
SATURDAY 2ND APRIL 2022
Blackpool (14th) 1-4 Nottingham Forest (7th)
BARNSLEY (22nd) 1-1 Reading (21st)
AFC Bournemouth (2nd) 3-2 Bristol City (19th)
Cardiff City (17th) 0-4 Swansea City (16th)
Coventry City (11th) 2-2 Blackburn Rovers (6th)
Pickering og 9
Derby County (23rd) 1-0 Preston North End (15th)
Luton Town (4th) 2-2 Millwall (10th)
Cooper og 87
Peterborough United (24th) 0-4 Middlesbrough (5th)
Queens Park Rangers (9th) 0-2 Fulham (1st)
Mitrovic pen 78
Stoke City (13th) 1-0 Sheffield United (8th)
Egan og 77
SUNDAY 3RD APRIL 2022
Birmingham City (18th) 1-0 West Bromwich Albion (12th)
Taylor pen 67
Barnsley lie in 22nd place in the Sky Bet Championship with 29 points from 39 games. We are 33 points off the Play-Offs, 43 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 51 points off First Place and 5 points inside the Relegation Zone.
Up to 03/04/22
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty: Millwall v Barnsley, Saturday 9th April 2022. Kick-Off: 3pm
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Forty Two: Barnsley v Peterborough United, Monday 18th April 2022. Kick-Off: 3pm