Barnsley lost the lead and were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Adam Phillips opened the scoring with his first goal of the season midway through the first half then the visitors levelled with 20 minutes to play.

The Reds pushed for the winner late on, and were marginally the better team overall, so remain seventh – two points off the top six.

Liam Roberts returned in goal after two months out with a finger injury, replacing Ben Killip, while Owen Dodgson came in at left wing-back for the injured Nicky Cadden.

Max Watters and John McAtee were back on the bench after injuries but there was no place for Callum Styles.

Charlton dominated the ball early on and almost took the lead when Mael de Gevigney and Jordan Williams both missed a long ball and Corey Blackett-Taylor went through on the left but hit the side netting from close range.

Phillips and Charlton’s Alfie May both fired wide with low long-range shots then, after Roberts easily held a weak effort by Chem Campbell from the edge of the box, Herbie Kane’s 30-yard strike was tipped out of the top right corner by Ashley Maynard-Brewer.

The opening goal arrived on 26 minutes when Herbie Kane chased a long ball into the left corner and tackled George Dobson who thought the ball had gone out but the referee disagreed and Kane advanced towards the box before picking out Phillips who supplied a powerful high finish from 15 yards. Phillips had played the original pass after Sam Cosgrove won a header. Charlton goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer and manager Michael Appleton were both booked for their reaction to the goal as the visitors fumed that the ball had gone out.

De Givegney’s long-range shot was easily saved just before half-time but the Reds went in ahead at the break.

In the second half, former Barnsley striker Slobodan Tedic shot just wide of the top left corner from 22 yards then Blackett-Taylor was denied from close range by Roberts after barraging through the home defence on the left of the box.

McAtee came on for Cosgrove and could have made it 2-0 when a Cole header broke to him but was denied one-on-one by the goalkeeper. Kane then scuffed a good shooting chance in the box before McAtee was inches from turning in a fine Corey O’Keeffe cross.

But Charlton levelled when, after Jordan Williams gave the ball away, a pass was flicked on to Blackett-Taylor who beat de Gevigney and Jamie McCart then finished from close-range.

Cole could have restored the lead within two minutes but headed a Kane corner well wide then Connell shot just over from 25 yards as Barnsley finished the stronger. The Reds got in several good positions but could not get the winner.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; Williams, de Gevigney, McCart; O’Keeffe, Kane (Watters 83mins), Connell, Phillips, Dodgson; Cole (Jalo 78), Cosgrove (McAtee 56).

Subs: Killip, Russell, Lopata, Cotter.

Yellow cards: McCart, Kane, Cosgrove, Dodgson.

Goals: Phillips 26.

Charlton (4-3-3): Maynard-Brewer; T Watson, Thomas, Hector, Edun; C Campbell (Mbick 83mins), Dobson, Fraser; Blackett-Taylor (T Campbell 90), Tedic (Kanu 63), May.

Unused: Walker, L Watson, Elerewe, Asiimwe.

Yellow cards: Maynard-Brewer, Fraser.

Goals: Blackett-Taylor 70.

  • 3:05pm
    Decent start by Charlton, They look a good footballing. team, playing it out. from their box. then all the way down the left. wing into the Reds box where the cross is overhit and the next attempt from the right is cleared
  • 3:05pm
    Connell concedes a free-kick 35 yards out
  • 3:05pm
    Charlton work the ball into the box and Mael blocks a shot
  • 3:06pm
    Roberts sliced a clearance straight to Charlton but eventually catches a cross on the left
  • 3:06pm
    Barnsley need to settle here. They have barely touched the ball so far
  • 3:08pm
    Still all Charlton as Corey Blackett-Taylor beats O'Keeffe and crosses but Dodgson heads clear
  • 3:09pm
    I'm not sure I have seen an away team have as much of the ball as this at the start of as game I n League One. Charlton must have had 90 per cent possession at least in the first six minutes
  • 3:10pm
    First big chance. Mix up between de Gevigney and Williams lets Corey Blackett-Taylor through on the left but he finds the side netting
  • 3:12pm
    Barnsley starting to get more into this game. Phillips crosses from the right but neither. striker has gambled to get in the six yard box
  • 3:14pm
    11 Now Phillips shoots from about 30 yards after a good McCart run. It goes a few feet wide of the bottom left corner
  • 3:16pm
    Now Alfie May drags wide a shot from outside the box but he. was given far too much space to run a long way
  • 3:17pm
    Loads of gaps in Barnsley's midfield for Charlton to run into on break. but. they haven't taken full advantage yet
  • 3:19pm
    One two between Cosgrove and Phillips in the box after Charlton lose the ball. Cosgrove is tackled, penalty appeals waved away, he looks to be in pain but then gets straight up and will carry on
  • 3:19pm
    Barnsley definitely growing into this match after a very poor start
  • 3:22pm
    First shot on target. from either side. Chem Campbell cuts in from the left but his effort from the edge of the box is easily held by Roberts
  • 3:23pm
    Close for Barnsley. Herbie Kane lets fly from 30 yards but the goalkeeper tips it out of the top right corner. Fine effort
  • 3:23pm
    Corner goes onto roof of net
  • 3:26pm
    A quarter. of the way through this match. Charlton have been the better side overall and finding big gaps to run into but Barnsley have improved since a very sluggish start
  • 3:26pm
    A quarter. of the ay through this match. Charlton have been the better side overall and finding big gaps to run into but Barnsley have improved since a very sluggish start
  • 3:27pm
    Adam Phillips opens the scoring!
  • 3:29pm
    Superb work by Herbie Kane. He chases a lost cause and tackles a Charlton defender near the left corner flag. The visitors think it has gone out but Kane drives into the box and and squares for Phillips to finish superbly, like last season, for his first goal of the campaign
  • 3:32pm
    Charlton goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer and manager Michael Appleton booked for their reaction to the goal
  • 3:35pm
    Tennai Watson gets into the box on the right and fires in a low cross which Roberts parries away
  • 3:36pm
    That goal was a big moment for Adam Phillips who had not scored this season and has struggled to find last season's form.
  • 3:37pm
    Liam Roberts down hurt. Looks like his left leg
  • 3:38pm
    Roberts up. Looks like he will carry on
  • 3:40pm
    Approaching the last five minutes here of the first half., It's been pretty even but Barnsley have found the one moment of quality
  • 3:42pm
    The game has gone a bit scrappy in the last few minutes. Charlton seem pretty riled up by that goal
  • 3:42pm
    Charlton win a corner on the right
  • 3:43pm
    Corner played in low and flicked on then Connell blasts away
  • 3:44pm
    Another corner as a low deflected cross is turned behind by Dodgson
  • 3:44pm
    Corner headed at the back post by a Charlton man but it goes out
  • 3:44pm
    Decent defending by the Reds from these set pieces
  • 3:46pm
    Kane free-kick headed up by Cosgrove and behind for a corner on right
  • 3:46pm
    44 Right wing corner by Connell headed out then eventually Mael has a shot from 25 yards which is saved
  • 3:47pm
    Charlton win another corner on the right
  • 3:48pm
    45+1 Chem Campbell's corner goes all the way through box then Cole heads away next cross. Fans getting behind their team who are defending manfully
  • 3:51pm
    Williams loses the ball near his box but is saved by the offside trap as Corey Blackett-Taylor played through
  • 3:51pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 1, Charlton 0.
  • 4:08pm
  • 4:11pm
    Fraser booked for flooring O'Keeffe., Referee played on and Dodgson's dangerous cross flew across goal mouth
  • 4:13pm
    Good move involving Connell and Cole ends with O'Keeffe crossing but Charlton clear
  • 4:13pm
    Herbie Kane booked for a. foul on the. left wing
  • 4:14pm
    Charlton free kick punched clear by Roberts
  • 4:15pm
    Now Sam Cosgrove booked for a challenge on Tayo Edun. Free-kick on the left
  • 4:16pm
    Free-kick headed out
  • 4:17pm
    Cole put through on goal by Cosgrove but offside flag but and the goalkeeper saves
  • 4:19pm
    Now it's Cosgrove who goes through and flag up as the goalkeeper saves. Fine. Phillips pass
  • 4:19pm
    Cosgrove now off for McAtee
  • 4:20pm
    Ex Red Tedic turns just outside the box and fires narrowly wide of the top left corner
  • 4:21pm
    Since a sloppy start, Barnsley have defended well today. They need to keep it going though
  • 4:23pm
    Charlton come. close. Blackett-Taylor barrages. through the. home defence on the left. of the. box and forces a decent close range save. from Roberts
  • 4:26pm
    Charlton take Tedic off for Dan Kanu
  • 4:27pm
    Big chance for 2-0. Cole wins a header and McAtee is clean through but denied one on one
  • 4:29pm
    Another Reds chance as O'Keeffe picks out Kane 15. yards out but. he totally scuffs the shot
  • 4:31pm
    Close to 2-0 again. Good move ends with a fine O'Keeffe. ball and. a sliding McAtee is inches from tapping in at the back post
  • 4:33pm
    Corey Blackett-Taylor levels
  • 4:35pm
    He's been the dangerman all game but that's a poor goal. It looked like de Gevigney left a ball into the box he could have got to and Blackett Taylor latched onto it then finished from close range
  • 4:36pm
    Barnsley win a corner on the left.
  • 4:37pm
    Kane's corner headed by Cole but it floats well wide
  • 4:39pm
    Kane corner headed out then Dodgson wins another. corner on left
  • 4:39pm
    Kane's left wing corner headed. out then his next cross is caught by the goalkeeper.
  • 4:40pm
    Jalo coming on
  • 4:41pm
    Jalo comes on for. Cole
  • 4:42pm
    Great move. Connell beats a man, passes to Dodgson who beats a man. but. knocked it out. of play instead of crossing on left of box
  • 4:43pm
    Another good move o n left leads to Barnsley. corner.
  • 4:44pm
    Kane's corner on left. is headed. out as is his next cross
  • 4:45pm
    Barnsley finishing the stronger, Finding space especially on left. hey just need to make most of it
  • 4:45pm
    Chem Campbell replaced. by Micah Mbick
  • 4:45pm
    Barnsley bring Watters on for Kane
  • 4:46pm
    Attendance: 11716 (644 away)
  • 4:49pm
    Owen Dodgson booked for bringing down a man on halfway line.
  • 4:51pm
    Dodgson fouled inches outside box after good move involving Connell and McAtee
  • 4:52pm
    Phillips shot blocked by free-kick then his high cross is caught
  • 4:53pm
    Connell shoots just over from 25 yards
  • 4:54pm
    Four added minutes
  • 4:56pm
    Mael long. throw turned behind for corner
  • 4:56pm
    Connell corner played to Dodgson who has two shots blocked.
  • 4:57pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1, Charlton 1.