Mathieu Manset came off the bench to earn Reading a crucial win over Barnsley in the npower Championship and keep their promotion push alive, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
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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.
Reading were by no means in control of the opening half and the Tykes’ own front men were causing problems.
The visitor’s goal prompted a late bombardment from Barnsley, but Reading held out.
FIXTURES: Saturday, March 19, 2011:
Sheffield United v Leeds Unit (HT:0-0) 2-0
Barnsley v Reading (HT:0-0) 0-1
Doncaster Rovers v QPR (HT:0-0) 0-1
Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday (kick of 5.20pm GMT)
RESULT: Friday, March 20, 2011:
Chesterfield v Rotherham United (HT: 3-0) 5-0
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