Adam Phillips netted in both the 88th and 95th minutes as Barnsley incredibly came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Leyton Orient.

The visitors took an early lead then the Reds dominated the ball for the rest of the game, missing chances before the remarkable late drama. Luca Connell was sent off between the two goals.

Barnsley are up to fourth, four points behind second with a game in hand and four clear in the top six.

Neill Collins kept the same 11 as for the draw a week earlier at Bolton Wanderers, but Aiden Marsh replaced Max Watters on the bench.

Former Barnsley midfielder George Moncur’s deflected free-kick was pushed over by Liam Roberts who saved more easily from Shaq Forde’s low 30-yard effort.

Barry Cotter’s long throws led to a volley by Devante Cole which looked destined for the bottom left corner but Sol Brynn made a fine save then, after another throw was half-cleared, Luca Connell shot just wide of the bottom right corner from 20 yards.

Orient took the lead in the tenth minute. Home captain Jordan Williams was beaten in the air by Ollie O’Neill and the ball was picked up his former Reds team-mate Moncur who surged into the box from the left and pulled it back for Ruel Sotiriou to supply a cool finish.

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Barnsley were on top for the rest of the first half. Brynn tipped a 20-yard effort from Herbie Kane out of his bottom left corner and saved a longer-range Connell effort more easily. He also made a decent stop after Nicky Cadden played in Cole on the left who shot from a tight angle.

Brynn missed a Cotter throw with both McAtee and Phillips seeing goal-bound shots blocked. Then Phillips’ fine cross was the right was missed by Cole in front of goal.

Mael de Gevigney headed a Kane corner wide. The last action of the first half saw Cole swap passes with Cadden then curl a shot from the left of the box which Brynn jumped to his left to save, with Phillips’ rebound cleared off the line by Tom James.

In the second half, McAtee shot over from 15 yards out after a good Connell pass. McAtee saw a 30-yard strike easily saved on the hour-mark.

Sam Cosgrove came on for Kane and almost levelled within minutes but headed a right-wing cross straight at the goalkeeper when unmarked ten yards out.

Brynn pushed Connell’s long-range shot wide then, after the resulting corner was headed down, he brilliantly turned Cole’s close-range effort behind.

Phillips curled a free-kick well over but he eventually levelled. Mael de Gevigney’s fine pass over the top was met by Phillips who headed over the goalkeeper and in.

Connell was sent off immediately after the goal – a second yellow for dissent.

Orient substitute Brandon Cooper could have won it in injury-time but shot straight at Roberts.

Instead it was Phillips who volleyed in Corey O’Keeffe’s right-wing free-kick to spark jubilant scenes.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; Williams, De Gevigney, Earl; Cotter (O’Keeffe 57mins), Phillips, Connell, Kane (Cosgrove 63), Cadden; Cole, McAtee (Grant 82).

Unused: Killip, Russell, Pines, Marsh.

Goals: Phillips 88, 90+5.

Orient (4-3-1-2): Brynn; James, Happe (Cooper 14mins), Beckles, Galbraith; Brown, El Mizouni, O’Neill; Moncur (Hunt 63); Forde (Pratley 63), Sotiriou (Pigott 53).

Unused: Howes Adu-Adjei,, Edwards.

Goals: Sotiriou 10.

AS IT HAPPENED
  • 1:53pm
    Good afternoon and welcome to the Chronicle’s live text coverage of Barnsley’s home game with Leyton Orient from 3pm.
  • 1:54pm
    Team news is due at 2pm. Jamie McCart could return to the squad after injury.
  • 2:04pm
    Barnsley: Roberts; Williams, De Gevigney, Earl; Cotter, Phillips, Connell, Kane, Cadden; Cole, McAtee. Subs: Killip, Russell, Pines, Cosgrove, Grant, Marsh, O’Keeffe.
  • 2:04pm
    Barnsley keep the same 11 as last week at Bolton, but Aiden Marsh replaces Max Watters on the bench. Still no Jamie McCart.
  • 2:07pm
    Orient: Brynn; James, Happe, Beckles, Galbraith; Brown, El Mizouni, O’Neill, Moncur, Forde, Sotiriou. Subs: Howes, Pigott, Cooper, Pratley, Adu-Adjei, Hunt, Edwards.
  • 2:07pm
    Ex-Red George Moncur starts for Leyton Orient
  • 2:08pm
    The Reds drew 1-1 at fellow promotion-chasers Bolton Wanderers last Saturday so are fifth in League One, two points clear in the top six, ten off leaders Portsmouth who have played two extra games and six off second-placed Derby County who have played one more.
  • 2:09pm
    Orient, last year’s League Two champions, are seven points off the top six in ninth.
  • 2:12pm
    The London club are unbeaten in eight with six wins, including a 3-0 success at leaders Portsmouth and a 1-0 home win over Bolton.
  • 2:16pm
    This week they won 3-2 at home to lowly Carlisle United on Saturday then won 1-0 at another relegation-battler Port Vale on Tuesday.
  • 2:18pm
    They have won four of their last six away games and only lost one of ten since September.
  • 2:19pm
    Richie Wellens’ side have collected more points away than at home this season while 20 of their 34 goals have been away from Brisbane Road.
  • 2:25pm
    They are the only team in League One who have not lost after taking the lead this season, winning 12 and drawing four of their 16 matches in which they have gone ahead.
  • 2:28pm
    Head coach Neill Collins told the Chronicle: “Everyone right now, especially Orient on the run they are on, has something to play for. “I am sure they are full of confidence and see it as a big one to draw us back in but we’re not looking behind us, we’re looking ahead of us. “We’re looking at winning the next game to try to catch the teams above us.”
  • 2:31pm
    Collins added: “They are a very good side on very good form. They are really consistent and play good football, creating a lot of chances. “Every game is tough – but this is exceptionally tough. “We generally get people’s best at Oakwell. If we follow up our performance against Bolton, it will be a good game.”
  • 2:33pm
    Barnsley’s nine-game unbeaten home run ended in their last game there – a 2-1 home loss to Exeter City two weeks ago.
  • 2:33pm
    They have the tenth best home record in the division while only the bottom three and Charlton Athletic have conceded more home goals than Barnsley’s 19.
  • 2:43pm
    Their first half performances in their last two home games, against Exeter and Carlisle, have been extremely poor but they were impressive in a 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • 2:43pm
    Collins said: “We had a period where we were starting games excellently. But it’s spun on its head. I will just address it with the players, do all the right things and prepare them.
  • 2:48pm
    “Every team says they want to start games well, we need to see what we need to do to make sure that happens and prepare for Saturday.”
  • 2:48pm
    He added: “I would like to have the players’ attitude and mentality from Bolton every week, there was a lot of quality in there too. Peterborough (a 2-2 away draw on December 29) wasn’t too dissimilar. I thought that was as good as Bolton.
  • 2:49pm
    “We’ve started showing that more regularly. The challenge is to do it again and again. We want to give our home fans a performance like that.
  • 2:51pm
    The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw in October with Joe Pigott scoring a first half penalty after a controversial handball decision against Jamie McCart who had spent part of last season on loan at Orient. Herbie Kane scored a fine long-range leveller then Sam Cosgrove was sent off late on.
  • 2:53pm
    Ex-Red George Moncur has been in and out of the Orient team this season, making 28 league appearances and scoring one goal.
  • 2:53pm
    The two clubs have met 56 times, with Barnsley losing 22 and winning 23.
  • 2:56pm
    The Reds are unbeaten in the last five while Orient have not scored from open play in any of the three meetings this century.
  • 2:58pm
    The Os’ last win at Barnsley was in 1969 but they have only visited twice since, losing in 1981 and 2014 – with the latter seeing Devante Cole and Conor Hourihane net first half goals for Danny Wilson’s Reds.
  • 3:02pm
    GAME UNDERWAY
  • 3:04pm
    Cotter plays a quick long throw to McAtee on the right behind home defence but he. can't get it under control and it goes out for a goal kick
  • 3:05pm
    Orient attack. Cross cleared. then. long-range shot. by Jordan Brown blocked by Mael de Gevigney
  • 3:05pm
    Free-kick to Orient 25 yards out on left
  • 3:07pm
    Moncur deflected free-kick tipped over by Roberts who then catches the corner
  • 3:08pm
    Now Shaq Forde has a shot from 30 yards which its easily saved. Orient on top so far
  • 3:08pm
    Cotter long throw on right ...
  • 3:09pm
    Cotter's throw is flicked n and Cole volleys about 15. yards out, good save by goalkeeper down to left
  • 3:09pm
    The corner is played short then cross headed out
  • 3:10pm
    Cotter. long throw from the left. Cleared to Connell who fires. from 20 yards just wide of the bottom right corner.
  • 3:10pm
    That would have been Connell's first Oakwell goal
  • 3:10pm
    Throws causing chaos
  • 3:12pm
    GOAL!
    Ruel Sotiriou opens the scoring. for the visitors
  • 3:15pm
    Barnsley lose the ball deep in their half (Williams I think) and Moncur surges into box and picks out Sotiriou who finishes well.
  • 3:16pm
    Orient forced into an early change. by injury. Dan Happe off, Brandon Cooper on
  • 3:22pm
    Nearly 1-1. Kane's 20-yard shot is clawed out of bottom right corner by Brynn
  • 3:23pm
    Corner on right. Headed out Connell. with a. low- 30-yarder through crowd which is easily saved
  • 3:23pm
    Now Cole is through on left. tight angle, shoots but another good save.
  • 3:25pm
    So close again. The goalkeeper misses a Cotter through then both McAtee and Phillips have goal-bound shots blocked
  • 3:27pm
    another Reds chance. Phillips' fine cross from the right goes through to goal but he cannot make. contact
  • 3:29pm
    Barnsley have certainly responded well to the goal. Had enough chances to take lead. Fans getting behind them noisily.
  • 3:29pm
    Barnsley have certainly responded well to the goal. Had enough chances to take lead. Fans getting behind them noisily.
  • 3:30pm
    Orient are the only team in League One who haven't lost after taking lead this season
  • 3:33pm
    Home fans getting angry after a couple of calls by the officials go Orient's way
  • 3:35pm
    The game has just. gone a bit more flat. in the last few minutes. Orient having a bit more possession
  • 3:39pm
    Cadden wins a corner on left. Barnsley fans cheer ironically. as decision goes their. way
  • 3:39pm
    Cadden wins a corner on left. Barnsley fans cheer ironically. as decision goes their. way
  • 3:39pm
    Kane. corner cleared then next cross caught by goalkeeper
  • 3:43pm
    Jordan Williams having another tough game. He gives the. ball to O'Neill near area but gets away with it
  • 3:44pm
    Barnsley win a free-kick on the right and it is played through to Phillips but the goalkeeper just beats him to it
  • 3:46pm
    Phillips wins another corner on left
  • 3:46pm
    44 Kane corner on left headed off target by Mael de Gevigney
  • 3:48pm
    Three added minutes in first half
  • 3:51pm
    So close again Cole's shot after one two with Cadden is. saved by keeper springing to left then Phillips rebound cleared off line
  • 3:52pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Leyton Orient 1.
  • 4:08pm
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
  • 4:10pm
    Good ball by Connell puts McAtee in on left of box but his 15-yard shot is well over
  • 4:14pm
    Cotter scuffs a cross from the right. Then pulls up in pain. He's looked slightly injured all game
  • 4:15pm
    Ruel Sotiriou down for Orient. Physio on
  • 4:16pm
    He's replaced by Joe Pigott
  • 4:16pm
    Two injuries have forced Orient into changes. Barnsley can still make five
  • 4:18pm
    Cosgrove and O'Keeffe warming up for the Reds. As well as Pines
  • 4:19pm
    Barnsley have dominated the ball in the last five minutes or so. Yet to create a chance in this spell though
  • 4:19pm
    Cotter knocks ball out of play and immediately taken off for O'Keeffe
  • 4:24pm
    McAtee's 30-yard strike is easily saved
  • 4:25pm
    Cosgrove coming on
  • 4:26pm
    Orient bring on Darren Pratley and Rob Hunt for Moncur and Forde
  • 4:26pm
    Cosgrove on for Cole
  • 4:28pm
    Barnsley definitely aren't opening Orient up like in the first half. The visitors have gone far more deep and defensive which is working so far
  • 4:29pm
    Big chance for Cosgrove. a cross from the right picks him out unmarked but he heads straight at the goalkeeper.
  • 4:30pm
    Connell down injured
  • 4:31pm
    Connell hobbling off. Doesn't look good. Russell warming up
  • 4:32pm
    Looks like Connell will carry on despite. still limping on sidelines.
  • 4:34pm
    Good run by O'Keeffe down ,middle passes to Cadden whose cross on left of box blocked for corner
  • 4:35pm
    Cadden corner on left, met at back post by Cosgrove but he barely gets anything on it
  • 4:36pm
    Connell comes close. He wins the ball surges to edge of box and shoots but Brynn pushes wide
  • 4:36pm
    Again so close! Corner is headed down and Cole. hooks towards goal but Brynn makes fine save
  • 4:39pm
    Barnsley definitely looking more threatening in last ten minutes after. flat spell
  • 4:41pm
    Connell wins free-kick 25 yards out after great run by de Gevigney
  • 4:42pm
    78 - 25-yard free-kick in central position is curled over by Phillips
  • 4:43pm
    YELLOW CARD
    Luca Connell booked for taking out Ethan Galbraith
  • 4:44pm
    Grant comes on for McAtee
  • 4:48pm
    Phillips wins free-kick on right. Good crossing position
  • 4:48pm
    O'Keeffe's free-kick is very poor and over everyone
  • 4:51pm
    GOAL!
    Adam Phillips levels!
  • 4:54pm
    Superb pass over the top by Mael, then a header over the goalkeeper. Deserved overall
  • 4:55pm
    RED CARD
    Luca Connell has been sent off.Second yellow for dissent
  • 4:55pm
    Seven added minutes
  • 4:55pm
    Orient almost go back in front but Brandon Cooper shoots weakly at Roberts
  • 4:56pm
    YELLOW CARD
    Josh Earl. booked now., It's gone a bit nasty
  • 4:59pm
    GOAL!
    Phillips again!!!
  • 5:02pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2, Leyton Orient 1. Adam Phillips nets in the 88th and 95th minute to win it. Luca Connell sent off between the goals