Barnsley’s club record 11-game unbeaten away run ended as they lost 2-1 at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

The hosts scored twice through league top-scorer in the first half, either side of an Adam Phillips penalty.

Barnsley played fairly well in the first half and missed chances but struggled after the break and could have lost by more – with Liam Roberts conceding then saving an injury-time penalty.

The Reds, who have taken eight points from seven games, remain fifth and eight points behind second-placed Derby who did not play. They are six points clear of seventh-placed Lincoln City with a game in hand.

Phillips, John McAtee and Devante Cole came back into the 11 with Sam Cosgrove, Herbie Kane and Corey O’Keeffe benched. Fabio Jalo replaced Nathan James on the bench.

McAtee almost opened the scoring in spectacular style in the fourth minute when he outmuscled a defender to latch onto a long ball and lobbed former Barnsley goalkeeper Harry Isted 30 yards out but the ball landed on the roof of the net.

Cole, and the Reds coaches, then wanted a penalty when he tangled in the box with Terell Thomas after McAtee flicked on a Jon Russell pass following a good passing move.

Alfie May opened the scoring on 20 minutes, curling a 20-yard free-kick into the left side of the net through the Barnsley wall.

The visitors levelled ten minutes later when, after a corner was cleared, Philips swapped passes with Earl and his cross from the left of the box was blocked by the arm of Kayne Ramsay. The referee this time pointed to the spot and, with usual penalty-taker Kane on the bench, Neill Collins instructed Phillips to take it and he expertly found the bottom left corner.

Barnsley looked set to take the lead almost immediately after when Cole looked set to tap in two yards out from a low right-wing Phillips cross but his shot somehow went over. It later transpired it had been turned over by a defender.

Earl then hit the crossbar from 12 yards out after Russell headed down a Connell free-kick.

Thierry Small headed a half-chance wide at the back post, but Charlton soon retook the lead amid calls for offside.

May got his second of the game on 40 minutes when he cut in from the left far too easily and shot across Liam Roberts into the top right corner.

Barnsley had played well but were denied by their own wastefulness and the goals of the division’s top-scorer.

Dan Kanu could have added a third for the hosts just after the break but his 15-yard header from a right-wing cross went just over the bar.

Connell sent a difficult 18-yard volley over the bar after a long throw was cleared.

May almost completed his hat-trick after collecting a Dobson pass and curling a 20-yard shot onto the underside of the bar, before Chuks Anneke’s rebound header went just over.

At the other end, Cole headed off-target from a Phillips cross.

McAtee thought he should have had a penalty when Willliams played him clean through after a good move, but the referee waved the claims away.

Dobson was then put clean through and rounded Roberts but hit the side netting from a tight angle on the right. Anneke also headed a cross wide.

Substitute Fabio Jalo thought he had levelled in injury-time with a fine finish from the right but the flag was up for offside.

Roberts conceded a penalty in injury-time after he hesitated on the ball in the box and felled Tyreece Campbell. But he produced a fine save from Anneke’s spot-kick.

Reds coach Jon Stead was sent off late on.

Cosgrove played through Anneke on the right of the box but Roberts saved.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; de Gevigney, McCart, Earl (O’Keeffe 69mins); Williams, Phillips, Russell (Cosgrove 69), Connell, Cadden; McAtee, Cole (Jalo 78).

Unused: Killip, Kane, Grant,, Cotter.

Yellow cards: Cadden.

Goals: Phillips 30 (pen).

Charlton (3-5-2): Isted; Thomas (Bakinson 88mins), Hector, Gillesphey; Ramsay (Edmonds-Green 57), Coventry, Dobson, Anderson, Small; May (Campbell 88), Kanu (Aneke 66).

Unused: Maynard-Brewer, LuaLua, Ladapo.

Yellow cards: Thomas, Anderson.

Goals: May 20, 40.

  • 12:58pm
    Good afternoon and welcome to the Chronicle’s live text coverage of Barnsley’s game at Charlton Athletic from 3pm.
  • 2:01pm
    Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; de Gevigney, McCart, Earl; Williams, Phillips, Russell, Connell, Cadden; McAtee, Cole. Subs: Killip, Kane, Cosgrove, Grant, Jalo, Cotter, O’Keeffe.
  • 2:05pm
    Charlton (3-5-2): Isted; Thomas, Hector, Gillesphey; Ramsay, Coventry, Dobson, Anderson, Small; May, Kanu. Subs: Maynard-Brewer, Edmonds-Green, Bakinson, Campbell, LuaLua, Aneke, Ladapo
  • 2:06pm
    Harry Isted starts in goal for Charlton. Kayne Ramsay also starts for them. He came very close to joining Barnsley in 2022.
  • 2:14pm
    The Reds, who have six league games left this season, are fifth in League One, eight points off second-placed Derby County with two games in hand.
  • 2:17pm
    The Reds will look for a fifth successive away win, against the Addicks who are currently 16th, eight points and five places clear of the relegation zone.
  • 2:19pm
    The London club were in danger of dropping into the fourth tier for the first time ever in February when they were outside the relegation zone on goal difference during an 18-match winless run.
  • 2:19pm
    But Nathan Jones – the former Luton, Stoke and Southampton boss who was appointed earlier this year – has them on a ten-game unbeaten run, with seven draws including the last three.
  • 2:29pm
    This week they drew 1-1 at Exeter City on Friday – thanks to a late own goal – then 0-0 at home to Stevenage on Monday.
  • 2:33pm
    Only the bottom two have fewer wins than their ten but they have drawn the most in the EFL with 17.
  • 2:35pm
    Collins told the Chronicle: “Nathan Jones is a very experienced manager who has had a lot of success. He has them well-organised. They are not conceding a lot and unbeaten in ten.
  • 2:36pm
    Charlton have the division’s top-scorer in 21-goal Alfie May.
  • 2:37pm
    Collins said: “Alfie May has been exceptional, to score that many goals. It’s very impressive. He’s a real livewire. But they have multiple good players throughout their squad.
  • 2:39pm
    “It’s like playing a top six team. “The league doesn’t reflect that but I think that’s what it will feel like.”
  • 2:40pm
    He added: “They are really dangerous. They have drawn with Portsmouth and Bolton, and beaten Derby since Nathan has taken charge.”
  • 2:40pm
    Jones is Charlton’s third manager of the season after Dean Holden was sacked in August and Michael Appleton in January.
  • 2:41pm
    The Welshman left Luton last season before their promotion, for Southampton who sacked him ahead of their relegation from the Premier League. He came up against Barnsley seven times at Luton manager, winning three times, drawing twice and losing twice.
  • 2:43pm
    He has reunited with goalkeeper Harry Isted, who was at Barnsley last season before choosing to move to Charlton after his loan from Luton ended. He has been injured for much of the season but has been the regular stopper under Jones.
  • 2:46pm
    The clubs drew 1–1 at Oakwell in December. Adam Phillips put the Reds in front with a controversial goal as Charlton thought the ball had gone out in the build-up. But Corey Blackett-Taylor, who has since moved to Derby, equalised in the second half.
  • 2:48pm
    This will be the 55th meeting of the two clubs, with Barnsley winning 18 and losing 21, with just one win in the last five.
  • 2:52pm
    The Reds have only won three games at the Valley, in three successive visits after 21 unsuccessful attempts.
  • 2:54pm
    They won in 3-1 in 2008 – thanks to a Jon Macken brace and a Darren Moore goal – 1-0 in 2012 with Tomas Cywka netting and in 2014 when Jean Yves M’voto and Tom Kennedy scored in a 2-1 victory.
  • 2:56pm
    They have since lost three straight games there in 2018, 2020 and 2023.
  • 3:03pm
  • 3:05pm
    A couple of a long balls by Charlton in the first couple of minutes which de Gevigney deals with
  • 3:06pm
    Now Charlton win a corner o n the right
  • 3:06pm
    3 Alfie May's right wing corner is headed out by Russell
  • 3:07pm
    So close. McAtee is put through on goal by a long ball and lobs the goalkeeper but it lands on the roof of the net.
  • 3:07pm
    Another Charlton corner on right
  • 3:08pm
    5 May's corner is headed out by. McCart
  • 3:11pm
    Thierry Small bursts down the left. wing for Charlton but his scuffed low cross is easily caught by Roberts
  • 3:12pm
    A very even game so far. Charlton consistently pumping up long balls. They win another corner on the left
  • 3:13pm
    10 George Dobson's left wing corner is into the side netting.
  • 3:15pm
    Devante Cole wants a. penalty after tangling in the box with Terell Thomas. It was a good Barnsley move from the back which ended with McAtee flicking on a Russell pass
  • 3:18pm
    So Barnsley looking the most likely so far after that McAtee lob and the penalty appeal. Charlton have had all the three corners but no chances
  • 3:20pm
    A poor header gives Phillips the. ball in space but he misses the pass to Cole when others were in better positions
  • 3:20pm
    There. are chances here if the Reds can be more composed and clinical
  • 3:21pm
    18 May has a shot blocked outside the box by McCart
  • 3:21pm
    A long. ball almost latched onto by May in box but McCart gets across to intercept
  • 3:22pm
    Charlton, who have had a good last two minutes, win a free-kick about 20 yards from goal in a central position
  • 3:23pm
    Alfie May opens the scoring with a free-kick
  • 3:25pm
    Clearly in as soon as he hit it. Roberts on right side of goal and just watches as it goes just inside left post.
  • 3:26pm
    Terell Thomas booked for tripping McAtee about 25 yards from goal
  • 3:26pm
    Chance for Barnsley to respond with a free-kick
  • 3:27pm
    24 Connell free-kick hits wall
  • 3:28pm
    Now de Gevigney wins a. free-kick on right wing after being shoved in the back by May
  • 3:29pm
    Cadden free-kick to back post, turned behind by a defender
  • 3:30pm
    Penalty to Barnsley
  • 3:31pm
    Adam Phillips with a penalty after a handball
  • 3:33pm
    Nice one, two by Phillips and Earl on left of box following a corner. Phillips cross, blatant handball by Ramsay. Connell goes to talk to Collins, comes back and gives ball to Phillips to take. Top pen for eighth goal of season
  • 3:35pm
    Phillips cross from the right and Cole turns it over the bar from a couple of yards out. A defender got a touch
  • 3:37pm
    Connell free-kick headed down by Russell and Josh Earl's shot clips the bar
  • 3:39pm
    Deep Charlton cross from right headed wide at back post by Small
  • 3:40pm
    Nicky Cadden booked for bringing down Dan Kanu on edge of box
  • 3:42pm
    39 - 20 yard free-kick crosses in and headed. out by Earl. Coles tries to counter but can't find pass
  • 3:43pm
    Alfie May scores again
  • 3:44pm
    This time the division's top-scorer cuts in from the left and. smashes a fine finish into the top right corner from about 15 yards out
  • 3:45pm
    Cadden corner on left leads to scramble but cleared
  • 3:48pm
    Four added minutes
  • 3:49pm
    881 away fans here
  • 3:53pm
    HALF-TIME: Charlton 2, Barnsley 1.
  • 4:09pm
  • 4:13pm
    Small crosses from left but Roberts catches
  • 4:15pm
    Chance for 3-1. A. right-wing cross is headed by Dan Kanu about 15 yards out and goes about a foot over
  • 4:17pm
    More shouts for a penalty for handball after Phillips heads ball down
  • 4:18pm
    Charlton win corner. on left as Mael blocks May cross
  • 4:19pm
    Earl heads away left wing corner
  • 4:21pm
    Charlton bring on Rarmani Edmonds-Green for Kayne Ramsay
  • 4:22pm
    58 Mael long thrown on right. Cleared to Connell who sends difficult volley over bar about 15 yards out
  • 4:23pm
    Williams wins corner on right
  • 4:23pm
    Slightly better spell for the Reds
  • 4:24pm
    60 Cadden corner on the right. Headed out. Earl wins corner on other side
  • 4:25pm
    61 Cadden corner on left. Overhit , McAtee turns it back in but cleared
  • 4:26pm
    Cadden. shot deflected for corner after nice passes by Phillips then Connell
  • 4:27pm
    Cadden corner headed by Russelll but cleared
  • 4:27pm
    Charlton counter through May whose shot is blocked in. box
  • 4:28pm
    Karoy Anderson booked after. taking out Russell who won ball and tried to counter
  • 4:29pm
    Chuks Aneke coming on for Charlton
  • 4:29pm
    Dan Kanu comes off
  • 4:31pm
    Charlton's Anderson is down getting treatment so the players go over to the benches for a mini team talk
  • 4:32pm
    Cosgrove coming on
  • 4:32pm
    O'Keeffe on for Earl
  • 4:32pm
    Cosgrove for Russell
  • 4:34pm
    Williams back into back three, McAtee behind strikers
  • 4:35pm
    Charlton so close to 3-1. Dobson finds May who curls a shot from the edge of the box onto the underside of the bar. Then Ankle heads the rebound over
  • 4:36pm
    Now Barnsley come close at the other end as Phillips' cross is. headed. off target by Cole from close range
  • 4:38pm
    Cosgrove fires a pass out for a throw in a good attacking position for Charlton. Barnsley have been poor this half
  • 4:40pm
    A really good. team moves ends with Williams putting McAtee clean through. He goes to ground and wants a penalty but none is given.
  • 4:41pm
    Jalo on for Cole
  • 4:42pm
    Now May tries an ambitious lob but it's just over
  • 4:43pm
    Should be 3-1. Two Charlton players bet behind the Reds defence, Dobson goes around Roberts but hits the side netting from a tight angle
  • 4:44pm
    Now Anneke heads a right-wing cross wide of bottom right corner
  • 4:46pm
    83 O'Keeffe free-kick headed out
  • 4:49pm
    85 O'Keeffe's 25-yard strike is easily saved
  • 4:51pm
    Drinks break during another Charlton injury. 87 minutes gone but there will probably be about five added
  • 4:52pm
    Charlton bring on Tyreeq Bakinson for Terell Thomas and Tyreece Campbell for two-goal Alfie May
  • 4:53pm
    Cadden saves Barnsley with header at back post when Charlton look likely to score. The Reds counter but Cosgrove heads McAtee's cross well over
  • 4:54pm
    Eight added minutes
  • 4:55pm
    Jalo thinks he has his first league goal, good finish from right after long pass, but it's offside
  • 4:57pm
    George Dobson booked for pulling back Williams
  • 4:57pm
    Penalty Charlton. Roberts hesitates on ball in box and brings down Campbell
  • 4:57pm
    Anneke to take
  • 4:59pm
    Roberts saves Anneke's penalty!
  • 4:59pm
    Barnsley assistant Jon Stead has been sent off
  • 4:59pm
    Great save by Roberts diving down to his left
  • 5:02pm
    Into 99th minute. Barnsley free-kick near halfway. Roberts takes
  • 5:03pm
    It's cleared
  • 5:03pm
    Cosgrove plays through Anneke on right of box but Roberts saves
  • 5:04pm
    FULL-TIME: Charlton 2, Barnsley 1.