Barnsley’s slim chance of automatic promotion, and their nine-game winning run at Oakwell, was ended with a 3-0 defeat to second-placed Ipswich Town.

The visitors netted twice right at the end of the first half then missed a penalty early in the second, before adding another late on.

Barnsley were second-best on the night, struggling to create chances and conceding poor goals.

The Reds remain fourth, nine points off the top two with two games to play.

Michael Duff made three changes from the weekend win over Oxford.

Luca Connell was not in the squad and replaced by full home debutant Jon Russell. Slobodan Tedic dropped to the bench after scoring twice on Saturday, with James Norwood starting against his old club. Nicky Cadden came back for Ziyad Larkeche after suspension.

Barnsley played fairly well for most of the first half but the visitors always looked more dangerous in attack.

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Jordan Williams fired over as tough chance in the fourth minute from the right of the box on the volley after Cadden’s cross had been punched by the goalkeeper.

Ipswich were inches from the opener soon after when Massimo Luongo smashed a 20-yard shot against the underside of the crossbar.

Adam Phillips dragged a poor shot wide from 25 yards after fine work by Herbie Kane on the left then Norwood’s weak effort from just outside the box was easily saved. Another Philips effort from 25 yards was caught by the goalkeeper.

Ipswich’s George Hirst should have put them ahead in the 32nd minute when he was played clean through on goal but fired wide of the bottom left corner from the right of the box.

The opening goal arrived on 45 minutes when the unmarked Nathan Broadhead headed a right-wing corner by Leif Davis at the near post into the bottom right corner.

The second goal arrived minutes later when Hirst outmuscled Mads Andersen to reach Davis’ long ball then skipped past Liam Kitching and blasted home from the edge of the box.

Ipswich were awarded a penalty early in the second half when Andersen was judged to have tripped Wes Burns. But Harry Isted sprang to his right to make a fine save from Broadhead’s spot-kick.

Substitute Tedic headed wide about eight yards out leaning back from a Williams cross after he swapped passes in the box with Luke Thomas following a good move down the left.

Cole then fired over on the turn 12 yards out after collecting a low left-wing cross.

The third goal saw Isted run off his line to deny Hirst who had got behind the defence again but ex-Red Conor Chaplin lobbed the ball into the empty net.

Substitute Max Watters almost pulled one back when he brought a pass down on the left of the box but Christian Walton saved well.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Isted; B Thomas, Andersen, Kitching; Williams (Cotter 82mins), Phillips (L Thomas 67mins), Russell (Benson 60mins), Kane, Cadden; Norwood (Tedic 60), Cole (Watters 82).

Unused: Collins, Larkeche.

Yellow cards: Russell.

Ipswich (4-2-3-1): Walton; Clarke, Woolfenden, Burgess, Davis (Leigh 76mins); Morsy, Luongo (Ball 83); Broadhead (Harness 83), Chaplin, Burns (Jackson 83); Hirst (Ladapo 83).

Unused: Hladky, Ball, Edwards.,

Yellow cards: Hirst, Morsy.

Goals: Broadhead 45, Hirst 45+2, Chaplin 81.

AS IT HAPPENED
  • GAME UNDER WAY
  • 7:50pm
    Early attack from Ipswich down the left after Russell loses ball. Andersen clears
  • 7:50pm
    Big atmosphere in here. 5,000 away fans. Most home seats taken
  • 7:53pm
    4 Half chance for Williams. Phillips finds Cadden on left and his cross is half punched by the goalkeeper. The right wing-back charges in and volleys well over from 15 yards. Tough one
  • 7:54pm
    An Ipswich player down receiving some treatment so short break
  • 7:56pm
    Decent start for the hosts. They have shaded the opening exchanges
  • 7:57pm
    YELLOW CARD
    George Hirst first man in the book for tripping Williams who had beaten him
  • 7:59pm
    10 Close! Massimo Luongo rattles the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the box.
  • 8:02pm
    13 Phillips drags a 25-yard effort wide badly. It comes after great work from Herbie Kane who shows great skill, swaps passes with Cadden and finds Phillips. Kane has started very well
  • 8:04pm
    Cole does well to win the ball then free-kick. Then they. win a throw. but a series crosses are cleared
  • 8:04pm
    16 First shot on target for Barnsley. Norwood's weak effort from. outside the ox is straight at the goalkeeper
  • 8:04pm
    16 First shot on target for Barnsley. Norwood's weak effort from. outside the ox is straight at the goalkeeper
  • 8:06pm
    17 Cadden corner headed out. Williams did well to win it. Barnsley playing well
  • 8:09pm
    20 minutes in. Barnsley are just shadings this one, having a lot of the ball but yet to carve out a big chance. Norwood's cross from the left is in front of Cole
  • 8:12pm
    24 Williams wins a corner on the right after one, two with Phillips
  • 8:13pm
    24 Cadden corner on left, not a good one and headed out to Phillips whose shot loops up rot the goalkeeper from 25 yards
  • 8:13pm
    YELLOW CARD
    Jon Russell first Barnsley man in book for ending Ipswich counter
  • 8:15pm
    27 Morsy free-kick leads to a scramble at back post but flag is up
  • 8:17pm
    29 Cadden free-kick well caught by Christian Walton
  • 8:19pm
    Barnsley are without Connell's set pieces tonight and, so. far, Cadden's have not been great
  • 8:21pm
    32 Big chance for the visitors. George Hirst played through on the right of the box but he fires across Isted and wide. Let-off
  • 8:25pm
    Barnsley have had the better. of general play but Ipswich have come very close to a goal twice
  • 8:26pm
    A break in play due to an. injury. The away end are chanting very loudly and the home fans trying to compete
  • 8:27pm
    It was Philllips down but he's going to carry on
  • 8:29pm
    The game has gone into a bit of a lull as he approach the final five minutes of this half
  • 8:32pm
    44 Long throw by Harry Clarke cleared by Russell but Clarke wins a corner off Cadden
  • 8:33pm
    GOAL!
    Nathan Broadhead opens the scoring with a header from a corner
  • 8:35pm
    Corner from the left flicked in at the near post. One of very very few set piece goals Barnsley have conceded all season.
  • 8:35pm
    GOAL!
    George Hirst doubles the lead after being put through
  • 8:37pm
    A ball seemed to split the home defence and Hirst finished well
  • 8:38pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Ipswich 2.
  • 8:38pm
    Obviously a disastrous few minutes which look to have killed off any lingering hopes for the top two this season
  • 8:54pm
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
  • 8:57pm
    Barnsley unlucky. Norwood surges in from the left wing and sends in. a low. cross which the keeper pushes away and it just goes past Cole
  • 8:58pm
    Still a good atmosphere in here. The home fans getting behind their players and rightly so after the season they've. had. Barnsley will give it everything
  • 9:02pm
    Mads Andersen concedes a penalty
  • 9:03pm
    Harry Isted saves the penalty!!
  • 9:04pm
    He dives to his right to keep out Broadhead's sport-kick. Great save
  • 9:04pm
    Andersen had tripped Wes Burns
  • 9:06pm
    That has whipped u p the home crowd.
  • 9:06pm
    Josh Benson on for Jon Russell and Slobodan Tedic for Norwood
  • 9:10pm
    Ipswich win a corner on. the left
  • 9:10pm
    62 Davis corner cleared by Tedic. Follow up volleyed wide by Hirst but flag is up
  • 9:13pm
    Great run by Cole down the left past several defenders. Eventually the balls runs away from him and he fouls one.
  • 9:17pm
    Still a decent battle out there but Ipswich look in control overall. They are a very good side. Barnsley have time to make it nervous if they get the next goal
  • 9:17pm
    Luke Thomas comes on for Phillips
  • 9:20pm
    Very little has happened since the missed penalty. In this half, Barnsley have barely had any attacks
  • 9:22pm
    First chance of the half for the Reds. Tedic heads wide from ab out eight yards out from a Williams cross. He didn't have much time to react. Williams had swapped passes with Thomas in the box after Cadden crossed from the left following a nice exchange with Kitching
  • 9:23pm
    75 Ipswich corner headed up by Cole and cleared
  • 9:25pm
    Ipswich bring on Greg Leigh for Davis
  • 9:25pm
    The visitors have been very good tonight. They look, as Duff called them yesterday, the best team in the division
  • 9:29pm
    78 Cole gets a left wing cross from Cadden and turns then fires over from about 12 yards
  • 9:29pm
    78 Cole gets a left wing cross from Cadden and turns then fires over from about 12 yards Sam Morsy
  • 9:29pm
    GOAL!
    Conor Chaplin against his former club
  • 9:31pm
    Hirst again gets in behind the defence and Isted comes out but can only block it to. Chaplin who. lobs into the empty net
  • 9:32pm
    Barry Cotter replaces Williams and. Watters comes on for Cole
  • 9:33pm
    Ipswich bring on Freddie Ladapo for Hirst, Marcus Harness for Broadhead , Kayden Jackson for Burns and Dominic Ball for Luongo
  • 9:37pm
    Barnsley just want the game to be over now
  • 9:39pm
    Four added minutes
  • 9:40pm
    Watters almost pulls one back as he takes the ball down on the left of the box and shoots but Waltons gets down. well to save.
  • 9:43pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Ipswich 3.