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Jay Tabb decides to take a short corner.
Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diego Arismendi. Free kick taken by Matthew Hill.
Shane Long is caught offside. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Diego Arismendi. Direct free kick taken by Ivar Ingimarsson.
Short corner taken by Jay Tabb.
Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Nathan Doyle makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Jacob Butterfield, Alex McCarthy makes a save.
Martin Devaney takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.
Jay Tabb takes a short corner.
Mathieu Manset takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.
Shot from just outside the area by Jim O'Brien goes over the bar.
Foul by Kieran Trippier on Jay Tabb, free kick awarded. Ian Harte fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Luke Steele makes a save.
Short corner taken by Jay Tabb from the right by-line.
Corner taken left-footed by Jay Tabb, Steven Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Steven Bennett replaces Andy Gray.
Michail Antonio fouled by Kieran Trippier, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance.
(Reading) makes a substitution, with Michail Antonio coming on for Brian Howard.
Diego Arismendi takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
Kieran Trippier takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Shane Long.
Jem Karacan fouled by Jacob Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Jacob Butterfield to the near post, clearance made by Shane Long.
Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
Mathieu Manset finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnsley 0-1 Reading.Assist by Shane Long.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, Ivar Ingimarsson takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
The offside flag is raised against Marlon Harewood. Zurab Khizanishvili takes the indirect free kick.
Simon Church goes off and Mathieu Manset comes on.
Marlon Harewood has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Jacob Butterfield on for Hugo Colace.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Church played to the near post, Kieran Trippier makes a clearance.
Foul by Martin Devaney on Brynjar Gunnarsson, free kick awarded. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Simon Church from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Shane Long misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Church by Kieran Trippier. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Matthew Hill.
Simon Church challenges Kieran Trippier unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Simon Church, Luke Steele makes a save.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Brian Howard, Zurab Khizanishvili takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.
Diego Arismendi challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kieran Trippier, clearance by Zurab Khizanishvili.
Hugo Colace booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Hugo Colace. Ian Harte has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Brian Howard crosses the ball, Header on goal by Shane Long from just inside the area goes over the goal.
Brian Howard takes a short corner.
Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line, Shot by Shane Long from 12 yards. Save by Luke Steele.
Outswinging corner taken by Kieran Trippier, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.
Brian Howard takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.
Martin Devaney replaces Jay McEveley.
Ian Harte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.
Andy Gray is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.
Ivar Ingimarsson challenges Marlon Harewood unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Hill from left channel, Ivar Ingimarsson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marlon Harewood by Brynjar Gunnarsson. Matthew Hill takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Diego Arismendi. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jay McEveley from the right by-line, Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Jay McEveley.
Jimmy Kebe has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Kieran Trippier, Ivar Ingimarsson makes a clearance.
Diego Arismendi has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
The ball is delivered by Marlon Harewood, Andy Gray takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
Diego Arismendi is booked. Diego Arismendi challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte, Matthew Hill makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Diego Arismendi, save by Alex McCarthy.
The ball is delivered by Jem Karacan, Luke Steele makes a save.
Jay McEveley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe. Ivar Ingimarsson restarts play with the free kick.
Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Ian Harte gets a block in.
Simon Church produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Brian Howard handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Luke Steele takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jem Karacan.
Foul by Shane Long on Nathan Doyle, free kick awarded. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jay McEveley, Shot by Jim O'Brien from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
The referee penalises Ian Harte for handball. Luke Steele takes the indirect free kick.
Simon Church sends in a cross, Jay McEveley manages to make a clearance.
Shane Long is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Hugo Colace results in a free kick. Ivar Ingimarsson takes the free kick.
The official flags Brian Howard offside. Indirect free kick taken by Luke Steele.
The ball is sent over by Kieran Trippier, Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alex McCarthy.
Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
Jay Tabb produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Shane Long misses to the right of the goal.
Jay McEveley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
Colace set for Tykes return
Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace is expected to return to the squad for the home game with Reading.
Argentinian Colace has been sidelined since early February due to a strained back muscle and has missed the last seven matches.
But manager Mark Robins must hand late fitness tests to three players, with defenders Paul McShane and Jason Shackell both nursing hamstring strains sustained in last week's draw at Cardiff and midfielder Jacob Mellis, on loan from Chelsea, nursing a similar problem.
Robins must decide whether to recall striker Andy Gray, who scored twice after replacing Danny Haynes against Cardiff.
Haynes is expected to shake off the leg injury that forced him off, but Gray is expected to start up front alongside Marlon Harewood, on loan from Blackpool, after the pair impressed Robins last week.
Defender Luke Potter is a long-term absentee due to medial knee ligament damage.
Reading manager Brian McDermott has an injury crisis to contend with for the trip.
The Royals battled to a narrow FA Cup defeat at Manchester City last weekend but McDermott has seen his squad decimated by injuries in the last fortnight and is struggling to name a recognised back four at Oakwell.
Captain Matt Mills is again ruled out with the groin strain which forced him to miss out at Eastlands while fellow centre-backs Ivar Ingimarsson and Alex Pearce are also out with thigh problems.
Right-back Andy Griffin is still not fit to start with his Achilles injury so midfielders Jem Karacan and Brynjar Gunnarsson will again have to play in defence as they did last Sunday.
Winger Jobi McAnuff captained the side last week but came off after an hour with a hamstring injury and midfielder Mikele Leigertwood (calf) and striker Noel Hunt (foot) also picked up injuries.
Goalkeeper Adam Federici is back in light training and could return after the international break so Alex McCarthy will continue.
Manset fires Royals to victory
Mathieu Manset came off the bench to earn Reading a crucial 1-0 win over Barnsley in the npower Championship and keep their promotion push alive.
Brian McDermott's team battered away at the Barnsley goal in the second half but found goalkeeper Luke Steele in inspired form.
But the keeper could not prevent Manset from netting with 20 minutes remaining as the Frenchman finished from close-range to seal victory.
The win moves the Berkshire club to within three points of the top six.
The hosts, unbeaten in three, made three changes to the team that drew at Cardiff last week, allowing Huge Colace to make his first appearance since February.
McDermott was forced to tinker with the side that were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City.
Ivar Ingimarsson, Brian Howard and Simon Church all came in as the Royals battled an ever-growing injury list.
It was Church who nearly opened the scoring with a shot that forced Steele into his first save of the afternoon.
Church was at the heart of the visitors' best moves and he drove a shot wide of the upright as a both teams tussled for the upper-hand in the opening 20 minutes.
But Reading were by no means in control and the Tykes' own front men were causing problems.
Marlon Harewood had a shot blocked by Ian Harte before his cross allowed Andy Gray to head on target, although Alex McCarthy pulled off a fine save to keep the scores level.
Boss Mark Robins brought on Martin Devaney in an attempt to inspire his side but it was McDermott's team who looked sharper after the restart.
They slowly began to establish a rhythm that had the hosts on the back foot.
First Brian Howard, facing his former club, came within inches of rattling home a superb goal from distance until his shot was palmed away by Steele.
Steele then kept his team in the game by producing another save, this time to deny Shane Long as the striker's first contribution of the afternoon was to nearly score.
Long and Howard then combined for the former to head over before Zurab Khizanishvili was denied by Steele's athleticism as he tipped a powerful header over the bar.
Church fed Long for another opening but he was again unable to direct a header on target.
It turned out to be Church's final contribution of the afternoon as McDermott brought on Manset in search of a goal.
And the substitute provided the breakthrough, taking just five minutes to make an impact as he linked up with Long to finish from close range.
That prompted a late bombardment from Barnsley, but Reading held out.
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