Barnsley are seven points adrift of safety in the Championship relegation zone following a 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic. 

The hosts – who had won one of their previous 17 league games – took an early lead then doubled it in first half stoppage time before Cauley Woodrow pulled one back with 20 minutes left.  

The second-bottom visitors hit the frame of the goal three times and were the better team in open play but were caught out by set pieces.

Gerhard Struber made two changes from the team that lost in the FA Cup at Portsmouth a week ago, with injured pair Marcel Ritzmaier and Brad Collins replaced by Sami Radlinger and Alex Mowatt, while Elliott Simoes and Jack Walton were brought onto the bench.

The hosts took the lead in the ninth minute when a free-kick was flicked on by the head of Jason Pearce for the unmarked Lyle Taylor who volleyed into the bottom right corner from close range. 

The Reds came very close to levelling midway through the first half when Clarke Oduor’s impressive left-wing free-kick was headed towards goal by Mads Andersen but goalkeeper Dillon Phllips brilliantly clawed the ball out of his bottom right corner then Aapo Halme hit the post from a tight angle two yards out. 

Those were the only chances in the first 45 minutes, other than a few harmless long-range efforts at either end, as Charlton had a territorial advantage without looking dangerous from open play. 

Another set piece undid Barnsley just before the break when Alfie Doughty’s right-wing corner was headed by Pearce to Naby Sarr who swung at the ball from six yards out but miskicked and it fell perfectly for the unmarked Andre Green who smashed in from 12 yards out. 

The hosts nearly added a third set piece goal in the first minute of the second half when Josh Cullen’s corner was headed towards goal at the back post by Darren Pratley but Sami Radlinger stopped it on his line. 

Barnsley were agonisingly close to pulling one back when Andersen’s long-range shot was blocked by the chest of Phillips then Cauley Woodrow smashed the rebound against the top of the left post from 14 yards out. Charlton’s Cullen then glanced a header from Green’s cross well wide.

Struber made a double change midway through the second half with full-backs Jordan Williams and Oduor being replaced by Simoes and Kilian Ludewig who played as a right wing-back with Brown the left wing-back in a 3-5-2 which matched Charlton’s formation. 

Woodrow was moved up front and soon pulled a goal back as Thomas, who was playing in central midfield, ran from near halfway and played in his team-mate who smashed the ball across Phillips and in from the left of the box for his 11th of the season. 

It was so nearly 2-2 four minutes later as Brown turned in the box before smashing a shot from 15 yards off the crossbar then Ludewig’s effort from the edge of the box looked destined for the bottom left corner before being cleared off the line. That was to be the visitors’ final chance. 

Barnsley (4-4-2 diamond): Radlinger; J Williams (Ludewig 68mins), Sollbauer, Andersen, Oduor (Simoes 68); Halme, Mowatt, Thomas, Woodrow; Chaplin (Schmidt 85), Brown Unused: Walton, B Williams, Dougall, Styles, Schmidt.  Yellow cards: Sollbauer, Andersen, Chaplin, J Williams.  Goals: Woodrow 70. 

Charlton (3-5-2): Phillips; Lockyer, Pearce, Sarr; Matthews Pratley, Cullen, Williams (Forster-Caskey 58mins), Doughty (Purrington 90); Green, Taylor (Hemed 68).  Unused: Amos, McGeady, Field, Oztumer.  Yellow cards: Lockyer.  Goals: Taylor 9, Green 45+2. 

  • 13:55pm
  • 15:03pm
    It's pretty loud in here, with the home fans chanting 'Lee Bowyer's red and white army' and the visiting fans trying to compete
  • 15:04pm
    The first foul of the game is against Aapo Halme for pulling the shirt of Jonny Williams. But the free-kick is overhit and goes out of play
  • 15:07pm
    5 First shot of the game is by Barnsley's Luke Thomas, who toe pokes wide from just outside the box after a good run and pass by Brown. Thomas is now down receiving treatment for an injury in the home box
  • 15:08pm
    This doesn't look good for Thomas who has been down for more than a minute now
  • 15:08pm
    Looks like it was a blood injury because his shirt has been changed. He should be OK to carry on
  • 15:09pm
    Yes Thomas is back on the pitch in a fresh new shirt
  • 15:09pm
    Sollbauer now commits a foul about 40 yards from goal and gets a talking to from the referee
  • 15:10pm
    Lyle Taylor opens the scoring
  • 15:11pm
    The free-kick given away by Sollbauer is played into the box, headed on and Taylor is free about six yards out to volley it in
  • 15:12pm
    That is another set piece goal conceded by the Reds which will infuriate Stuber. He worked on it all week following two set piece goals at Portsmouth
  • 15:13pm
    Charlton looked buoyed by that goal and have had most of the possession since
  • 15:15pm
    14 Alex Mowatt blazes a shot well over the bar
  • 15:17pm
    15 Cauley Woodrow concedes a free-kick on the right touchline. The Reds need to defend better this time
  • 15:17pm
    16 The free-kick is cleared but played back in and Green wins a corner off Oduor
  • 15:18pm
    16 Alfie Doughty's corner is flicked on by the head of Andersen and goes out for a corner on the other side, the left
  • 15:19pm
    17 There's a bit of a scramble after this latest corner and, after Radlinger doesn't grab the ball, Brown heads it out
  • 15:20pm
    18 Now Doughty's corner goes over everyone and out for a throw. Barnsley's set piece examination is over, for now
  • 15:20pm
    It was strange during that run of corners that Radlinger seemed glued to his line when he could have claimed at least two of them
  • 15:23pm
    21 First big chance for the Reds. Oduor's free-kick is headed towards goal but Phillips the goalkeeper makes an outstanding save to claw it out of his bottom right corner then Halme puts the rebound onto the post from a very tight angle two yards out
  • 15:24pm
    That was really close to a leveller but excellent goalkeeping
  • 15:24pm
    23 Doughty blasts a free-kick well over
  • 15:28pm
    I think that earlier header which drew a great save was by Mads Andersen who is seeking his first Barnsley goal. But it was quite hard to see as a group of players went up together
  • 15:29pm
    28 Charlton win a corner but it's a high looping one from the left which is easily cleared
  • 15:32pm
    Just over half an hour gone, Charlton have been the better team and most of the action has been in Barnsley's half, but the Reds would be level if not for some superb goalkeeping by Dillon Phillips
  • 15:34pm
    Tom Lockyer booked for fouling Luke Thomas
  • 15:35pm
    Charlton are playing a 3-5-2 formation with wing-backs, so Barnsley will be hoping their usual good movement up front gets between the wide players back three. But so far we haven't seen much of the that and most of Chaplin's touches have been in the left back position as he helps out defensively
  • 15:36pm
    Sollbauer fouls Taylor on the edge of the box. He was booked for the free-kick that led to the goal and he's a bit fortunate not to be sent off
  • 15:36pm
    35 The free-kick is hit from 20 yards by Cullen and it is low but weak, straight into the arms of Radlinger
  • 15:40pm
    Another foul by Sollbauer. He is so so close to a second yellow and a red card here. Surely Struber must be thinking about taking him off?
  • 15:41pm
    Most of the tackles Sollbauer has made have been very clumsy and caused a foul. The crowd and the home players are baying for him to get another booking after he received one in the ninth minute
  • 15:42pm
    Mads Andersen joins his centre-back partner in the book. This one looked harsh as he went up for a header with Taylor who tumbled to the floor on the right wing
  • 15:44pm
    42 Charlton make a mess of a free-kick they try to play short and Barnsley break. Thomas does very well down the left wing and his cross field pass finds Brown on the right of the box, he passes to Chaplin who is tackled then Halme blazes over from 25 yards
  • 15:47pm
    There will be four minutes of added time in this first half.
  • 15:48pm
    45+1 Adam Matthews beats Oduor to a free-kick and wins a corner off Andersen
  • 15:49pm
    Andre Green doubles the lead
  • 15:51pm
    Alfie Doughty’s right-wing corner was headed by Pearce to Naby Sarr who swung at the ball from six yards out but miskicked and it fell perfectly for the unmarked Andre Green who smashed in from 12 yards out.
  • 15:51pm
    Disaster for the Reds. Two goals from set pieces
  • 15:52pm
    HALF-TIME: Charlton 2, Barnsley 0
  • 16:07pm
  • 16:07pm
    46 Charlton win a corner on the left. It goes to the back post when Pratley heads it and it looks as though Radlinger has to push it away on his line
  • 16:09pm
    Attendance: 19,870 (1083 from Barnsley)
  • 16:11pm
    That's a really good effort by the away fans but they haven't had much to cheer about so far
  • 16:14pm
    Barnsley so close to pulling one back! Andersen lets fly from 25 yards and it seems to swerve before getting to Phillips who can only block with his chest. The ball goes back to Woodrow 12 yards out and he smashes it against the top of the left post
  • 16:14pm
    So that's twice Andersen has been denied by the goalkeeper then a team-mate on the rebound has hit the frame of the goal
  • 16:17pm
    57 Another chance for Charlton as Cullen heads a Green cross well wide
  • 16:18pm
    The first substitution of the match sees Jonny Williams, who seems to have picked up an injury, replaced by Jake Forster-Caskey
  • 16:21pm
    Conor Chaplin is booked for dissent
  • 16:23pm
    Jordan Williams is the fourth away man in the book after fouling Doughty. The free-kick is 30 yards out
  • 16:23pm
    63 Free-kick by Forster Caskey headed away
  • 16:27pm
    A break in play as home centre-back Tom Lockyer receives some treatment
  • 16:27pm
    Looks like Barnsley will bring on Elliot Simoes and Kilian Ludewig
  • 16:29pm
    Lyle Taylor is taken off and gives a sarcastic wave to the away fans who have given him some stick . Tomer Hemed on
  • 16:29pm
    The Barnsley full-backs Jordan Williams and Clarke Oduor both come off and are replaced by Ludewig and Simoes
  • 16:30pm
    The Reds have gone to three at the back with Ludewig right wing-back and Brown left wing-back
  • 16:32pm
    Cauley Woodrow pulls one back!
  • 16:33pm
    It's a good finish from the right of the penalty area after an excellent run by Thomas who ran from about halfway then passes to Woodrow who now has 11 goals this season
  • 16:36pm
    74 Incredible, Barnsley hit the goal frame for the third time. This time it is Jacob Brown who turns in the box before clattering a 15-yard shot off the cross then Ludewig's effort from the edge of the area is cleared off the line
  • 16:39pm
    78 Mowatt's free-kick from the right wing flashes across the face of goal and is given as a corner which is then cleared
  • 16:41pm
    Into the final ten minutes. Barnsley are on top at the moment
  • 16:44pm
    84 Barnsley are playing some very good stuff now. At the end of a long passing move, Brown fires over the bar from the edge of the box
  • 16:45pm
    Aapo Halme is receiving treatment in the dugout for what looks like a facial injury. He joins Thomas is getting a blank shirt as his original is bloodied
  • 16:46pm
    85 Simoes wins a corner on the left. Halme back on and into the box
  • 16:46pm
    Patrick Schmidt comes on for Chaplin in Barnsley's final change
  • 16:47pm
    86Andersen meets the corner with a header which loops well up and is caught by Phllips
  • 16:50pm
    ;Luke Thomas has been one of Barnsley's better players today, with many driving runs from the halfway line deep into Charlton territory. One leads to a throw in but they cannot get the ball in the box with the centre-backs up and now Charlton have it
  • 16:50pm
    Charlton's last change sees Ben Purrington come on for Alfie Doughty
  • 16:51pm
    Six added minutes. Barnsley desperately need a leveller here
  • 16:53pm
    Barnsley goalkeeper coach Kevin Pilkington is now booked, presumably for something he said to the referee or linesman
  • 16:54pm
    A player from either side are down injured now and both sets of medical staff are on the pitch.
  • 16:54pm
    It's the two number 18s Sollbauer and Green
  • 16:55pm
    The players are getting up but, with this delay, we're probably going to have 97 or 98 minutes
  • 16:57pm
    90+6 Brown crosses low from the right of the box but Jason Pearce puts it behind for a corner
  • 16:58pm
    The corner leads to a bit of a scramble in the box but Sollbauer commits a foul
  • 16:58pm
    FULL-TIME: Charlton 2, Barnsley 1.