Barnsley suffered a fourth defeat in five away league games as they went down 1-0 at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park on Saturday.

The hosts scored early in the second half to record a club record sixth successive home league win and move to within four points of their visitors.

The Reds are still fifth but are now six points behind second-placed Sunderland and 12 off leaders Portsmouth who visit Oakwell on Saturday.

Barnsley are only a point above eighth and will need to improve on this lacklustre display if they are to avoid slipping into mid-table during a run of difficult games during the festive period against sides in the promotion hunt. 

Head coach Daniel Stendel kept the same team which won 4-2 a week earlier in the FA Cup at Southend United, with Lloyd Isgrove returning to the bench following injury and illness. 

The Reds had plenty of the ball early on but all they had to show for it was a 25-yard yard Alex Mowatt shot which was straight at goalkeeper Stephen Henderson. Later, Cameron McGeehan nearly opened the scoring by flicking on Mike Bahre’s left-wing corner but the header was cleared by a defender near the line. 

Wycombe got back into the match and the Reds failed to get on the ball much for the next 20 minutes, instead reduced to scrambling clear Wycombe crosses and throughballs in a scrappy period of the match. The hosts thought they should have had a penalty for a push by McGeehan on Alex Samuel on the edge of the box while they failed to test goalkeeper Adam Davies.

Barnsley were better towards the end of the half and almost took the lead when Alex Mowatt’s corner was punched by Henderson to Ethan Pinnock whose header looked to be looping into the top left corner before the goalkeeper impressively clawed it out. 

Wycombe should have taken the lead two minutes into the second half but Davies made a sensational save, pushing a close range effort onto the bar after Randel Williams looked certain to score from five yards out after a right-wing cross. 

But Davies was beaten by Williams on 55 minutes when the winger’s powerful volley from the edge of the box was palmed into the net by the goalkeeper after a corner was cleared. 

The hosts deserved the lead after making an impressive start to the second half and a stunned Barnsley made two changes with Brad Potts replacing Bahre on the right wing and the injured Cauley Woodrow making way for Jordan Williams with Jacob Brown moving from right-back to up front. 

Barnsley struggled to create clear opportunities, with the most likely route to goal being corners by Mowatt, who eventually moved to left-back from central midfield after Zeki Fryers went off. They led to several blocked George Moncur shots, a header over the bar by Brown and McGeehan’s weak effort being easily held by the goalkeeper. 

Moore scuffed a long-range effort wide in injury-time then, even later, Pinnock – who had been put up front as an emergency striker – met a cross by third substitute Mamadou Thiam unmarked eight yards out but volleyed over the bar.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies; Brown, Pinnock, Lindsay, Fryers (Thiam 76mins); Bahre (Potts 56), McGeehan, Mowatt, Moncur; Woodrow (J Williams 54), Moore. Subs: Greatorex, Isgrove, Jackson, B Williams.

Wycombe (4-4-2): Henderson; McCarthy, Jombati, El Abd, Jacobson; Williams, Thompson, Gape, Onyedinma; Samuel, Tyson. Subs: Yates, Stewart, Mackail-Smith, Kashket, Cowan-Hall, Morris, Freeman. 
  • 15:02pm
    1 Barnsley have had most of the ball in the first minute, passing it around nicely until Mowatt's through ball is too strong for Moore and the goalkeeper collects
  • 15:03pm
    2 Barnsleyhave probably had 90 per cent of the ball so far but it's all been in the central section
  • 15:04pm
    3 Alex Mowatt has the first shot of the game but his 25-yard effort is too close to goalkeeper Henderson who catches easily
  • 15:06pm
    5 Alex Samuel thinks he can run through on goal but Pinnock shows great pace to get there and head back to Davies
  • 15:10pm
    9 Wycombe have had a little bit more of the ball in the last few minutes but Barnsley have made the better start overall
  • 15:10pm
    10- Samuel nearly goes through on goal again but, after Pinnock, applies pressure, Lindsay puts it behind for a corner. Which is cleared
  • 15:11pm
    11 Barnsley then counter-attack very quickly and win a corner of their own through Moncur on the left
  • 15:12pm
    12 Bahre's left-wing corner is flicked on at the front post by McGeehan and a defender clears near his own goal line. It goes back to McGeehan at a tight angle and he puts it wide
  • 15:13pm
    13 Wycombe have a free-kick on the left which Moore rises highest to clear with a header
  • 15:16pm
    16 Another left-wing free-kick by Jacobson finds El Abd at the back post and he puts his header across goal which Davies catches very easily
  • 15:18pm
    The Barnsley fans are chanting the name of Jason McCarthy
  • 15:20pm
    19 McCarthy puts in a good cross and Brown and Pinnock both have to make crucial headers to clear then McGeehan seems to get away with a foul right on the bench of the box
  • 15:21pm
    21 Fred Onyedinma runs down the right and cuts in past Fryers with some stopover. The shot from 20 yards is well over the bar
  • 15:23pm
    23 Barnsley concede a corner which they think should be a corner. Wycombe take it short, Bahre intercepts and Barnsley win a throw which has allowed them to get up the pitch
  • 15:25pm
    25 Dominic Gape smashes a powerful 25-yard effort over the bar
  • 15:27pm
    27 A long ball gets Onyedinma in behind the Reds back four on the right side of the box. Barnsley scramble back and Pinnock intercepts the attempted pull-back to Samuel
  • 15:29pm
    Barnsley dominated possession early on in this match but they haven't been able to get forward much in the last ten minutes or so with the hosts having a lot more of the ball
  • 15:31pm
    George Moncur booked for kicking the ball away after he thought he was fouled in the box
  • 15:33pm
    33 The first decent passing move by Barnsley for about 20 minutes ends with Mowatt trying to thread a pass through to Fryers on the left but he cannot quite catch it
  • 15:37pm
    Jacob Brown has made a solid first start at right-back in the league, winning plenty of headers, breaking out of defence to intercept and launch attacks
  • 15:37pm
    This is a better spell for Barnsley, they are getting on the ball a lot more, with Mowatt at the heart of most moves. But the visitors are yet to really open up their hosts
  • 15:40pm
    40 Sloppy play by Barnsley gives the ball away in their half. Wycombe go down the left and fire in a low cross which gets a slight touch by Samuel but it goes wide
  • 15:43pm
    Just a few minutes left in this half then and there haven't been many clear cut chances for either side. McGeehan had a header cleared pretty much off the line whereas Wycombe have put in a few dangerous crosses
  • 15:45pm
    45 Wycombe win a corner on the right. It is low to the front post, Moore blocks and Davies collects
  • 15:46pm
    45+1 Barnsley win a corner. Mowatt takes in the rain from the left. Big chance! Goalkeeper Henderson punches it out then Pinnock heads towards the top left corner by the keeper claws it out
  • 15:46pm
    HALF-TIME: Wycombe 0, Barnsley 0
  • 16:00pm
    George Moncur in action in the first half
  • 16:01pm
    The players are back on the pitch
  • 16:02pm
  • 16:04pm
    47 What a save by Adam Davies. The ball comes in from the right by and Fred Onyedinma and Randell Williams looks certain to score five yards out by Davies superbly tipped it onto his bar from point blank range
  • 16:06pm
    49 Wycombe are on top at the moment. They work a good short corner but the eventual shot is dragged well wide from outside the box
  • 16:09pm
    51 Wycombe are well on top. McCarthy plays a fine pass through to Onyedinma on the right of the box and Lindsay makes an excellent tackle to put it behind for a corner
  • 16:10pm
    Woodrow has been down receiving treatment but is up and looks as though he cannot carry on
  • 16:10pm
    Cauley Woodrow
  • 16:11pm
    SUB ON
    Jordan Williams
  • 16:11pm
    Randell Williams smashes in a volley after a corner is cleared
  • 16:13pm
    Wycombe will feel they deserve that after dominating the first ten minutes of the half
  • 16:13pm
    It was a volley from the edge of the box. Davies got hands to it but could only palm the very powerful shot into the box
  • 16:14pm
    Brad Potts has come on for Mike Bahre on the right wing
  • 16:14pm
    So Jacob Brown has replaced Woodrow up front, moving up from right-back where Jordan Williams has come on
  • 16:18pm
    More than an hour gone and Barnsley will be very disappointed with their performance so far, especially in the second half which the hosts have dominated
  • 16:19pm
    The Reds are starting to get on the ball a little bit more still aren't; really getting in a position to threaten the home defence
  • 16:20pm
    63 Barnsley fans get excited after being quiet for a long time as their team wins a corner which Moncur takes and it goes all the way out
  • 16:21pm
    65 Barnsley win another corner which Mowatt takes and it wickedly swings in and goes just wide with no touch from anyone. Very good corner and close to a leveller
  • 16:24pm
    Barnsley are putting some decent passes together further up the pitch but Brown overhits a return pass to his strikepartner Moore
  • 16:27pm
    70 Moore wins a corner on the left with Mowatt swings in and Brown heads over
  • 16:28pm
    Barnsley have been the better team in the last ten minutes or so but they need to start creating more chances
  • 16:31pm
    We're approaching the final 15 minutes here. Will Stendel make his last change? The crowd are cheering the name of Mamadou Thiam who they clearly want to come on
  • 16:32pm
    Thiam comes on for Fryers. Mowatt goes to left-back
  • 16:34pm
    I don't think Mowatt has played at left-back before. He will certainly be able to swing in some good crosses if he can attack
  • 16:35pm
    Barnsley have had the ball in a few decant positions but their passing has just let them down at times, to the frustration of the away fans
  • 16:38pm
    81 Wycombe win a free-kick by the right corner flag. It is low to the near post when Moore slices behind for a corner
  • 16:39pm
    82 Joe Jacobson's corner goes all the way to the back post when El Abd is totally unmarked but heads straight at the goalkeeper
  • 16:40pm
    83 Potts' corner headed down by Pinnock and Moncur's shot behind for another corner which again falls to Moncur but his shot is blocked and cleared
  • 16:42pm
    Cameron McGeehan booked for a high foot
  • 16:44pm
    949 away fans here. A fantastic effort two weeks before Christmas coming just after another long trip to Southend
  • 16:46pm
    89 - the ball falls for Potts just outside the box but Potts;' shot is blocked
  • 16:47pm
    90+ Another fine Mowatt corner is met by McGeehan at the back post but it just hits him and loops up for the goalkeeper to claim
  • 16:50pm
    90+2 Moore sends a scuffed shot wide from the edge of the box after Pinnock, who is playing up front, heads down and Moncur brilliantly flicks on
  • 16:51pm
    90+4 A great chance for the way side. Thiam crosses from the left and Pinnock is unmarked eight yards out but he volleys over the bar. An attacking player would probably have levelled
  • 16:52pm
    FULL-TIME: Wycombe Wanderers 1, Barnsley 0