Barnsley conceded three late goals in a 3-1 home defeat to Peterborough United on Tuesday.

Barry Cotter scored his first Barnsley goal early in the second half and the Reds led until the 74th minute but Posh netted twice in two minutes then added another in the 85th.

Neill Collins made no changes from the side that drew at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Adam Phillips is on the bench after suspension alongside Mael de Givegney who has his international clearance. Jack Shepherd and Charlie Winfield dropped off the bench.

The first half was a very entertaining game with chances and quality and both ends as well as impressive goalkeeping.

The visitors should have taken the lead in the third minute. The ball broke to captain Ephron Mason-Clark on the left of the box in yards of space but his effort was saved by Liam Roberts down to his left, then the goalkeeper also kept out Jonson Clarke-Harris’ weak follow-up.

Barnsley could have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a mix-up between Harrison Burrows and Romoney Crichlow gifted the ball Max Watters in the box but he dragged a shot wide.

Jon Russell’s powerful 15-yard volley brought a smart save out of goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic after a cross dropped to him.

Mason-Clark was again denied by Roberts when his back post header from a Kwame Poku cross lacked power.

Nicky Cadden saw a 15-yard effort blocked on the line after excellent work on the right of the box by Barry Cotter who beat a defender then crossed low. From the resulting corner, Russell’s header was superbly clawed out by Bilokapic.

Poku then headed wide from a Mason-Clark left-wing cross as Peterborough’s wingers continued to cause problems.

Kacper Lopata rose well to meet a Kane corner at the back post but Bilokapic saved easily.

Roberts made an excellent save on 40 minutes, diving to his right to deny Joel Randall who had been played clean through.

Barnsley had a goal ruled out early in the second half when, after Kane’s free-kick was cleared into the air, the goalkeeper spilled the ball into the net but Kitching was judged to have fouled him.

The Reds scored a fair goal soon after when, following good passes by Kane and Watters, Cotter sent the ball towards goal from the right of the box and Bilokapic badly fumbled it in.

The hosts seemed to sit back after taking the lead and the visitors had a series of chances.

Roberts made another fine save from Randall, springing to his right to keep a 20-yard effort out of his bottom corner.

Poku almost levelled but he turned a Randall cross onto the post then Roberts produced another wonderful save to keep a Clarke-Harris header from a right-wing cross out of his top left corner.

The visitors levelled in the 74th minute when Peter Kioso got to the byline down the right and pulled the ball back for the untracked Hector Kyprianou to find the bottom left corner from just inside the box.

About a minute later it was 2-1 as, after Roberts cleared straight to Archie Collins, Mason Clark was played in on the right of the box and, amid calls of offside, squared for Clarke-Harris to tap in on the line.

Phillips came on immediately after the goals. Cadden saw a powerful shot from the left of the box well saved.

The third goal saw Kitching fail to cut out a low cross from the left by Ricky Jade Jones and Poku took it off him then finished well.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; Williams, Lopata, Kitching; Cotter, Styles (de Gevigney 87), Russell (Phillips 77), Kane, Cadden; Cole (Dallas 69), Watters (Shaw 69).

Unused: Killip, Lofthouse, Phillips, Chapman.

Goals: Cotter 50.

Peterborough (4-2-3-1): Bilokapic; Kioso, Edwards, Crichlow, Burrows; Kyprianou, Collins (De Havilland,90+5; Mason-Clark, Randall, Poku; Clarke-Harris. Unused: Talley, Knight, Ajiboye, Jones, Tshimanga, Tomlinson.

Yellow cards: Kyprianou.

Goals: Kyprianou 74, Clarke-Harris 75, Poku 85.

  • 7:49pm
    Positive start for the Reds, pressing the visitors who are playing out from the back
  • 7:51pm
    Two big chances for Posh in the third minute. The ball is worked out to the left of the box where skipper Ephron Mason-Clark is in yards of space. Should. score but Roberts saves the weak effort. He also saves from. Jonson Clarke-Harris when the ball is recycled
  • 7:54pm
    Barnsley struggling to get on the ball at the moment
  • 7:54pm
    Decent counter attack by the Reds. Styles taken out by a strong Romoney Crichlow tackle. Free-kick 35 yards out in a central area
  • 7:56pm
    8 Cadden's free-kick is played short around a couple of players, then Styles tries to find Cotter on the right who cannot keep it n
  • 7:56pm
    9 Chance for the hosts. Peterborough cough up position in their box but Watters drags a shot wide.
  • 7:59pm
    Barnsley playing well now. Pressing their visitors and getting on the ball more, knocking it around better
  • 7:59pm
    Max Watters is not quite at full sharpness yet. This run of starts will help. So would a goal
  • 8:00pm
    So chances at either end in a lively first ten minutes
  • 8:01pm
    Cadden wins a corner on the left. Barnsley fans cheer
  • 8:02pm
    14 Barnsley come close again. After a Kane cross is cleared, the ball is played back in the box and Russell's powerful volley is slightly too close to Nicholas Bilokapic who saves well down to his right
  • 8:04pm
    16 Another chance for Ephron Mason-Clark. He is. allowed to meet a right wing cross by Poku unmarked at the back post but his header lacks power and Roberts catches
  • 8:07pm
    Pretty entertaining first 20 minutes
  • 8:08pm
    Barnsley have played well in general but Posh's wingers are dangerous
  • 8:08pm
    Watters wins corner on right
  • 8:09pm
    22 Cadden's right wing corner goes over everyone and out. It looked like the goalkeeper. touched it. Lopata furious
  • 8:10pm
    So close! Brilliant from Cotter to beat a defender on the right of the box. His low cross. takes a couple of deflections and comes to Cadden whose powerful effort is pushed wide
  • 8:11pm
    Now the follow-up corner looks likely to be headed. in by Russell but Nicholas Bilokapic makes a superb save
  • 8:14pm
    That's. four decent chances the Reds have created in 25 minutes. They are playing well
  • 8:18pm
    30 Another Posh chance and it's those two wingers again,. Ephron Mason-Clark crosses for Kwame Poku at the. back. post and he heads a close range header across goal and out
  • 8:19pm
    32 Barnsley win corner on left
  • 8:19pm
    32 Kane corner on the left. Headed clear, so is a cross. by Cotter then a wicked Cadden cross is headed over
  • 8:20pm
    33 Kane takes another left wing corner which Lopata meets, rising above. defenders, but the header at the back post is straight at Nicholas Bilokapic
  • 8:23pm
    Another fine Cadden cross turned behind for a corner
  • 8:24pm
    37 Cadden's right wing corner is just over Russell's head and nodded behind
  • 8:24pm
    Next Cadden corner headed out then the follow up cross is hooked back in by Kitching and Russell gets another header in box but it's caught
  • 8:27pm
    What a save. Joel Randall is put clean through and Roberts dives to his right to push wide. Superb goalkeeping
  • 8:27pm
    Posh take a corner short then win another
  • 8:28pm
    41 Peterborough's left wing corner is headed out by Russell
  • 8:28pm
    Posh win another corner. Barnsley holding on at the end of this half
  • 8:29pm
    The corner is cleared. but another cross falls to Poku whose shot in the box is blocked by Kitching
  • 8:30pm
    This is a. good game. Chances at both ends and quality on display
  • 8:31pm
    Hector Kyprianou booked for taking down Styles
  • 8:32pm
    Two added minutes
  • 8:33pm
    Jonson Clarke-Harris blazes well over from 25 yards after Randall easily beat Lopata
  • 8:35pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Peterborough 0.
  • 8:53pm
  • 8:54pm
    A few wifi issues at Oakwell but nothing has happened yet in second half
  • 8:55pm
    49 Barnsley have the ball in the net but it is ruled out. Kane's free-kick is slightly red up into the air by a. defender then the goalkeeper drops it under pressure from Kitching but a foul. is given on the Reds captain
  • 8:57pm
    Barnsley have the ball in the net. Barry Cotter celebrates after his effort deflects in
  • 8:59pm
    Max Watters gets his second assist of the week. He receives a pass from Herbie Kane and moves it on to Cotter on the right of the box. He whips the ball towards goal, it appears to hit a defender and go in.
  • 9:00pm
    Probably a deserved leader overall for the Reds
  • 9:03pm
    Another top Roberts save. He dives to his left to keep a Randall 20-yarder out of his bottom left corner
  • 9:03pm
    Now the corner is headed out and cleared by Cole
  • 9:07pm
    Close to a leveller. Poku hits the. post from Randall's cross.
  • 9:08pm
    Now another incredible Roberts save, this time from. a Clarke-Harris header - clawing it out of the top left corner
  • 9:09pm
    Barnsley's goalkeeper is having a blinder
  • 9:11pm
    Midway through the second half. Posh have been on top since the goal really. Barnsley hanging on bravely though
  • 9:13pm
    Barnsley change their strikers. Dallas and Shaw on for Watters and Cole
  • 9:15pm
    70 Peterborough free-kick on the right.Good header out by Williams
  • 9:17pm
    Approaching the closing stages now. Barnsley appear to have weathered that Posh storm, for now, and the game has calmed down a bit
  • 9:19pm
    Hector Kyprianou levels
  • 9:21pm
    Jonson Clarke-Harris makes it two Posh goals in as many minutes.
  • 9:23pm
    Oh dear. Two goals from the down the right. First a pull-back by Kioso and good finish from just inside the box then, amid calls of offside, Poku drives into the box and squares for JCH to tap in.
  • 9:24pm
    Big test for the Reds now after a horror few minutes
  • 9:25pm
    Cadden drills a powerful shot from the left of the box which. is saved then the resulting corner is headed over by Lopata
  • 9:26pm
    Posh bring on Ricky-Jade Jones for Ephron Mason-Clark
  • 9:29pm
    Approaching the last five minutes. Barnsley still fighting for leveller
  • 9:30pm
    Kwame Poku after a mistake by Kitching
  • 9:31pm
    The Reds captain fails to cut out a low cross from the left, Poku takes it off him and fires in
  • 9:32pm
    Mael de Givegney on for Styles
  • 9:35pm
    A disastrous last 15 minutes leaves Barnsley hurtling towards a home loss
  • 9:35pm
    Seven added minutes
  • 9:36pm
    Attendance: 11,789 (531 away fans )
  • 9:40pm
    Posh bring on David Ajiboye for Randall
  • 9:40pm
    Ryan de Havilland on for Archie Collins.
  • 9:44pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1, Peterborough 3. A late collapse sees Barnsley beaten after leading on 74 minutes