Barnsley conceded in the 93rd minute in a 1-0 loss at Coventry City and are now nine points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Championship.

The home side dominated the game and created the vast majority of the chances before eventually netting. Barnsley did not have a shot on target, and barely attacked especially in the second half.

The Reds have now lost their last seven away games in all competitions and not won in their last 20. Reading's win means they are nine points off safety which is the biggest the gap has been all season.

Poya Asbaghi made two changes from the side that won at home to QPR a week earlier. Callum Brittain returned from injury to replace the injured Amine Bassi while Romal Palmer came in for the benched Josh Benson. Callum Styles, who had been an injury doubt, played just behind striker Carlton Morris in a 3-5-1-1.

Coventry had a flurry of chances in the opening 12 minutes, lofting long balls behind the Barnsley backline onto the wings but not being able to carve out a major opportunity due to the bobbly pitch and their lack of express pace in attack.

They had the first shot in the second minute when Viktor Gyokeres ran down the left wing, cut past Mads Andersen into the box and shot from 15 yards but the very weak effort was easily saved by Brad Collins. A very similar move saw another long ball play the same player in on the same wing but this time his shot was at an even tighter angle and straight at Collins at his near post.

Callum O'Hare then sliced over from the edge of the box after Todd Kane's corner was half-cleared.

Gyokeres was played behind the Barnsley defence for the third time in the 12th minute, this time on the right wing, and pulled the ball back for Martyn Waghorn who steered a 15-yard volley wide.

The match then became more even and Michal Helik had the Reds' first chance just before the half hour mark as he headed wide eight yards out from Styles' left-wing corner under pressure from a defender. Domingos Quina then smashed a 30-yard free-kick over the bar.

O'Hare had another shot from the edge of the box on 40 minutes – after Brittain had lost the ball deep in his half – but it was too close to Collins who pushed it away. Ian Maatsen's free-kick from the right side of the box was easily saved by Collins.

After the break, Coventry continued to dominate. Collins saved easily from a long-range Ben Sheaf shot then Gyokeres was put clean through but again slowed down by the poor pitch and scuffed a 20-yard shot which was saved by Collins diving to his right.

Waghorn had a big chance in the 83rd minute when the ball rolled to him in the box and he blazed wide from 12 yards out.

The winner arrived ten minutes later when, after a corner was cleared, Sheaf's scuffed cross was missed by a substitute and Hyam was played clean through to fire in from close range.

Barnsley (3-5-1-1): Collins; J Williams, Helik, Andersen; Brittain (Moon 82mins), Palmer (Benson 71mins), Gomes, Quina, Vita (Cole 77); Styles; Morris.

Subs: Walton, Hondermarck, Halme, Wolfe.

Coventry (3-4-1-2): Moore; Clarke-Salter, McFadzean, Hyam; Kane, Allen, Sheaf, Maatsen; O’Hare, Waghorn (Tavares 86), Gyokeres.

Subs: Wilson, Rose, Dabo, Shipley, Bidwell,, Dinanga.

Goals: Hyam 90+3.


  • 3:03pm

    2 Coventry have the first shot on goal. Top scorer Viktor Gyokeres runs down the left wing, cuts past Andersen and shoots from 15 yards on the left of the box but it is a weak effort and easily gathered by Collins
  • 3:05pm

    4 Another chance for Gyokeres as he is released again by a long pass down the left. He again gets into the box from the left but the angle is very tight and his shot is again easily saved by Collins at his near post
  • 3:07pm

    Coventry clearly happy to pump long balls over the top of Barnsley's defence. It's a very windy day so it might not be a bad tactic.
  • 3:08pm

    6 Again Coventry advance down the left. O'Hare plays a one two with Maatsen but cannot get a shot away in the box. Coventry then win a corner
  • 3:09pm

    8 Kane's left wing corner is half headed out but O'Hare sliced over from the edge of the box
  • 3:14pm

    12 Gyokeres gets in behind the home back line yet again! This time it's on the right and he cuts the ball back for Martyn Waghorn who volleys well wide from 15 yard. Not an easy chance but that's four opportunities for the hosts inside 12 minutes
  • 3:16pm

    15 Barnsley have a corner. Styles short to Quina who drinks the ball over a defender's head to Brittain but the flag is up for offside
  • 3:20pm

    All Coventry so far then. Barnsley have had a few half chances to counter attack but they have come to nothing
  • 3:23pm

    Quina is providing the only real spark for Barnsley so far. He dinked the ball over a defender's head earlier to Brittain who was called offside and just now he nutmegged Jake Clarke Salter then wanted a foul but did not get one
  • 3:26pm

    The match has settled down a bit now. Coventry still having most of the ball but not breaking their visitors down like they were in the opening 10-15 minutes
  • 3:27pm

    Reading are winning 2-0 at Preston. Not good news for the Reds
  • 3:28pm

    27 Barnsley win a corner on the left
  • 3:29pm

    27 Styles takes the corner on the left. Helik heads wide about eight yards out under pressure from a defender
  • 3:33pm

    The Coventry fans are starting to get a bit frustrated with their team here. They clearly expected a walkover
  • 3:35pm

    34 Quina smashes a 30-yard free-kick over the bar
  • 3:36pm

    Barnsley getting into this game. They are getting the ball a lot more often in the home half. The next step is to start creating attacks and chances from open play
  • 3:39pm

    Approaching the final five minutes of the first half. Coventry have certainly been the better team with the better chances. But Barnsley seem to have got to grips with them a lot more in the last 20 minutes, with no more long balls to players behind the visiting back line
  • 3:41pm

    40 Another chance for the hosts. Brittain loses the ball and it is worked to O'Hare whose shot from the edge of the box is well struck but too close to Collins who pushes it away
  • 3:43pm

    42 Coventry free kick on the right. Maatsen shoots from it and his former Chelsea club mate Collins is at his near post to meet it, he fumbles then gathers
  • 3:46pm

    One added minute in the first half
  • 3:48pm

    HALF-TIME: Coventry 0, Barnsley 0. The hosts have had the better chances, but most were in the opening 12 minutes when Barnsley struggled before getting more of a foothold in the game
  • 4:04pm

  • 4:05pm

    46 Styles free-kick from the right wing does not reach the box and is headed out. Quina's follow up cross is caught by Simon Moore
  • 4:07pm

    Break in play as Romal Palmer gets treatment
  • 4:09pm

    Palmer back on the pitch. Coventry break well but the eventually shot is blocked on the edge of the box
  • 4:10pm

    51 First half chance of the half. Kane gets down the right for Coventry and crosses to Waghorn who heads up in the air about eight yards out. It was just slightly too high for him
  • 4:11pm

    Clash of heads. Andersen and a Cov player down in the box. A cross came in from the right and Maatsen dragged his shot wide but the whistle had already gone
  • 4:12pm

    Andersen looks alright now but the Coventry player is still down. I think it's Viktor Gyokeres
  • 4:14pm

    Gyokeres now up and bandaged. Both players back on pitch and play resumes
  • 4:15pm

    That break probably helped Barnsley as Coventry were on top before it
  • 4:17pm

    58 Coventry free-kick on the right. Kane takes it and it goes over everyone . Coventry then cross from the left, Waghorn wins a header but Vita clears
  • 4:19pm

    Coventry are still playing long balls but they are attacking in more numbers, getting their full-backs up the pitch quickly and putting better passing moves together to get into decent positions
  • 4:20pm

    60 Sheaf shoots from 25 yards but Collins saves down to his right
  • 4:22pm

    Coventry now having a lot of joy between Barnsley's back three and wing backs, getting their own wing backs in on the sides of the area. Left wing back Maatsen's cross from the byline is deflected and Collins catches
  • 4:23pm

    64 Barnsley's first real attack of the second half. Morris is on the left wing and beats a man then crosses from the left but, with him being the only striker, no one is rushing into the six-yard box
  • 4:24pm

    65 Gyokeres played in behind the Barnsley backline, not for the first time. but again his lack of express pace and the bobbly pitch mean he cannot get into a great position and scuffs a 20-yard shot which Collins gets down to his left to save
  • 4:29pm

    70 Clarke Salter crosses from the left, Waghorn heads back across goal, then both O'Hare and Allen have shots blocked
  • 4:29pm

    Josh Benson is coming on for Palmer
  • 4:32pm

    Another break in play for a Coventry injury
  • 4:35pm

    Cole on for Vita. Styles to LWB
  • 4:36pm

    Still all Coventry but their flow has been disrupted a little bit by that injury to their captain Kyle McFadzean who has had treatment but is now back involving
  • 4:37pm

    Barnsley are starting to get the ball a bit more often in the Coventry half But they have not creating anything like a chance since Helik headed wide in the 29th minute
  • 4:39pm

    80 O'Hare brilliantly jinks past two defenders from the right wing but his low shot is blocked
  • 4:42pm

    Moon comes on for Brittain. Williams to right wing back
  • 4:43pm

    83 Decent chance for the hosts. O'Hare breaks into the box and then the ball rolls to Waghorn who blasts wide from 12 yards. He thinks there was a deflection
  • 4:46pm

    85 Barnsley corner on the left. Styles takes. Moon heads up into the air, Moore punches weakly but eventually he gathers
  • 4:47pm

    89 Coventry corner on the right. Todd Kane takes it's headed away
  • 4:49pm

    Five added minutes
  • 4:49pm

    Moon's long throw is caught by goalkeeper Moore
  • 4:51pm

    Dominic Hyam scores for Coventry
  • 4:53pm

    Sheaf's ball into the box is totally missed by (I think) Moon and it drops to Hyam to shoot in from close range
  • 4:55pm

    Hammerblow for the Reds but, in truth, this team can't sit back and defend, with barely any attacks, and not expect to be beaten at some point.
  • 5:00pm

    FULL-TIME: Coventry 1, Barnsley 0. The Reds conceded an injury-time winner and are now nine points from safety – the biggest the gap has been this season.