Jobi McAnuff (47 mins)
Jem Karacan (49 mins)
Jem Karacan (65 mins)
Jason Roberts (90 mins)
, Mar 17, 2012
Ground: Oakwell Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 9,381
Tykes call for Collins Barnsley's latest signing Lee Collins will go straight into the squad to face Reading at Oakwell.
The 23-year-old defender, who joined on loan from Port Vale on Thursday with a view to a permanent deal, can play anywhere across the back four and manager Keith Hill has confirmed he will "definitely be involved on Saturday".
Goalkeeper David Preece is the club's latest injury victim having been ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured wrist, so Academy product Lukas Lidakevicius is expected to take his place on the bench.
Left-back Bobby Hassell, midfield pair Jacob Butterfield and David Perkins (all knee), centre-half Rob Edwards (hamstring) and winger Jim O'Brien (groin) remain sidelined.
Striker Frank Nouble, on loan from West Ham, made the first appearance of his second spell at the club last weekend at Southampton and is hoping to retain his place alongside Craig Davies.
Hayden Mullins is in line to make his Reading bow.
The 32-year-old joined his hometown club on Thursday in a season-long loan deal from Portsmouth and could go straight into Brian McDermott's midfield against the Tykes.
The Royals could also call on Jimmy Kebe's services.
The winger has been troubled by a knee injury in recent weeks but is back in training and McDermott is hopeful he can play some part in their second trip to South Yorkshire of the week following Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Doncaster.
Reading currently occupy an automatic promotion spot but their defensive resources continue to be stretched.
Barnsley vs Reading
Last modified 17:47 17/03/12
Four-star Royals win again Reading maintained their npower Championship promotion charge with their ninth win in 10 league matches as two superb second-half goals from Jem Karacan helped defeat Barnsley 4-0.
Brian McDermott's side had won eight games on the trot before drawing at Doncaster in midweek, but two goals in as many minutes at the start of the second half got them back on the winning trail before their dominance was confirmed with two further efforts.
Jobi McAnuff broke Barnsley's resistance in the 47th minute when he crashed home a low shot from the edge of the penalty area and Karacan lashed home a second, high into the roof of the net, two minutes later.
Barnsley manager Keith Hill said this week he had been "appalled" by his side's recent form and their winless run was extended to six matches when Karacan added a brilliant third goal from 25 yards in the 65th minute, while Jason Roberts neatly converted a fourth in the closing stages.
Barnsley handed a debut to defender Lee Collins, who joined on loan from Port Vale earlier this week, while teenager Danny Rose made his first start for the club and Korey Smith joined him in midfield.
Hayden Mullins made his debut for Reading after joining on loan from Portsmouth on Thursday and winger Jimmy Kebe returned to the visitors' starting line-up.
Reading striker Noel Hunt forced a fine save from Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele with an angled shot from inside the penalty area after just 45 seconds and 10 minutes later Rose was a fraction wide with an audacious 30-yard lob in a lively opening.
Steele held a routine catch from Roberts' shot, but pulled off another super save to turn away Mikele Leigertwood's blistering drive as Barnsley held firm until half-time.
The visitors struck twice in as many minutes soon after the restart to break Barnsley's resistance.
Roberts laid the ball off for McAnuff on the edge of the penalty area in the 47th minute and the Reading midfielder arrowed a low shot beyond Steele into the bottom corner.
Barnsley had hardly caught their breath when the visitors doubled their lead two minutes later.
The home defence failed to clear the ball in the penalty area and Karacan pounced to lash it into the roof of the net from 12 yards.
Roberts then pulled his left-footed shot off target when poised to add another from inside the area in the 57th minute, but the Royals were not to be denied a third goal thanks to Karacan's super finish.
Ian Harte supplied the free-kick and striker Hunt this time teed the ball up on the edge of the box and Karacan fired an unstoppable right-footed shot into the top corner.
Hill sent on Stephen Dawson and David Cotterill for Rose and Nathan Doyle, while Smith, Craig Davies and Frank Nouble went close with long-range efforts for Barnsley, but there was to be no consolation for the Yorkshiremen as Roberts converted a fourth goal from Alex Pearce's pass in the 90th minute.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|14||Scott Wiseman(sub 51)|
|32||Danny Rose(sub 70)|
|5||Nathan Doyle(sub 69)|
|7||Stephen Dawson(sub 69)|
|17||David Cotterill(sub 70)|
|34||John Stones(sub 51)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|14||Jimmy Kebe(sub 82)|
|4||Jem Karacan(sub 75)|
|11||Jobi McAnuff(sub 66)|
|7||Jay Tabb(sub 75)|
|9||Adam Le Fondre|
|18||Simon Church(sub 82)|
|19||Hal Robson-Kanu(sub 66)|