Nigerian eligible stars, Ovie Ejaria and Michael Olise were in good form as Reading were forced to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley on Friday.
Reading had a glorious chance to break the deadlock after seven minutes. Olise laid the ball off for Meite who bustled his way down the left wing and across the half-way line. He benefitted from a ricochet as a defender hacked the ball against him and the ball ran kindly for Meite who had acres in front of him and only the goalkeeper to bear down on and beat. But as he took aim, he seemed to slip and his left-footed shot spooned over the bar.
With little more than ten minutes remaining in the first half, Reading took the lead. Rinomhota picked out the forward run of Ejaria down the middle and the midfielder did brilliantly to control the ball and hurriedly stabbed the ball past Brad Collins for 1-0.
The visitors came close to adding to the scoreline on a counter attack. Olise passed the ball into space for Joao to chase after and he played a low centre looking for Meite. Yakou stretched but couldn’t get a toe to it as the ball bobbled across the six yard box and wide.
But Barnsley were given a route back into the game and they took it. Andy Yiadom was penalised for dragging Styles over when defending an aerial ball and the referee pointed to the spot. Mowatt stepped up and slotted the ball home to make it 1-1.
Into the final 20 minutes and Joao missed a golden opportunity to hand his side the lead once more. Olise had so nearly threaded a ball into Meite only for Collins to come and collect it off the striker’s toes. But the ball was passed back to Collins moments later and Meite stole in to latch onto it. The keeper wrestled Meite over but the ball rolled to Joao who passed the ball wide with the goal gaping.