Mark Robins has looked to increase competition for places in the Tykes strike force with another loan signing. Following Garry O’Connor’s move to Oakwell from Birmingham City, the Reds boss has turned to another Midlands Premier League club in signing Chris Wood from West Bromwich Albion.
The teenager is a New Zealand international and Tykes fans may have seen him in action as he played in all three of the All Whites World Cup games in South Africa. Wood goes straight into the squad for the game at Reading tomorrow.
Barnsley fans may recall that the Reds played Reading three times last season. In the League, The Royals took all six points, although the Tykes had success in the Carling Cup.
The Reds travelled to Reading for a Second Round tie last August and came away with a dramatic 2-1 win. Having led from the 57th minute through a Daniel Bogdanovic goal, Rob Kozluk then headed into his own net to level the score in the last minute of the game.
With extra time looking inevitable, Barnsley raced forward and were awarded a penalty. Bogdanovic coolly slotted home to put the Tykes into Round Three.
Just four days later, Barnsley hosted Reading in the League. However, there was no second victory in a week for the Tykes as they lost in controversial circumstances.
The return fixture took place at the end of January at The Madejski and the Tykes were never really in this game as Reading, through a first half Shane Long goal, took all three points.
This season has seen an erratic start for Reading who come into this fixture on the back of a 3-1 defeat at The Riverside, so they will be keen to bounce back in front of their fans at The Madejski.
Barnsley, after the disappointing home draw against Derby last Saturday, will hope that the fresh blood in the form of loan strikers Wood and O’Connor can inspire them to first away win of the season.
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