A stoppage time equalizer from Lewis Baker snatched a point from Stoke in a 1-1 draw with Barnsley.
A superb strike from Domingos Quina 20 minutes from time had seemingly won it for the home side, only for Baker to pop up for the death.
Barnsley boss Poya Asbaghi has brought a change to the side which lost at Derby on Saturday, with the arrival of Liam Kitching.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill made five changes to his squad following the home loss to Blackpool, with Joe Allen, James Chester, Jordan Thompson, Jacob Brown and Demeaco Duhaney joining the starting XI.
Remy Vita let go of the distance early on for the Tykes but didn’t bother goalkeeper Jack Bonham.
Baker was inches away from giving the Potters the lead, but his curling effort from distance knocked a post back.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis was given a free header from a Stoke corner but the defender could only get his header wide.
Callum Brittain then pricked Bonham’s palms but he went down well and stopped the effort comfortably.
Phil Jagielka’s header was the last chance of the half, but the save was routine for Tykes keeper Brad Collins and the teams were all square before the break.
Stoke nearly took a lightning-fast lead in the second half, but Collins did enough to keep Brown from intervening.
The away side put a significant amount of teasing crosses into the box from the left side, but no body from Stoke was there to convert.
Play was halted for a brief period while a home fan received medical treatment.
Barnsley striker Domingos Quina lit up the game in the 70th minute with a superb goal. He evaded several challenges from the Stoke defense before turning the ball on his left foot and curling a fine shot past Collins to give the Tykes a valuable lead.
The Potters brought in veteran Steven Fletcher and fellow forward Tyrese Campbell in search of a leveler. Josh Maja nearly found it, but his effort from the edge of the box went terribly far.
The pressure finally paid off in the fifth minute of added time when Baker struck from long range with his left foot and the ball flew over Collins to hand Stoke a much-deserved equalizer.
Barnsley would have passed Derby and been three points from safety with the win, but they remain in 23rd place, while Stoke are 15th.
What the managers said…
Barnsley’s Poya Asbaghi: “Conceding this delay is hard to take. Of course, it looks like a defeat conceded in added time. The first half is not what we wanted. Stoke was more direct than we could have -be even expected and arrived at half time we felt we needed to be more aggressive.The second half was better from us and it was a much more balanced game.It was a very good goal of Dom.
“We could have gotten a second, there were a few penalty cries. Let’s just say we weren’t so lucky with 50-50 penalty decisions during my time here. That sounds suspicious but that’s not me. who decides. We’ “I had the advantage in previous games where we were able to protect the lead well. Overall I think we defended well, but for the goal we have to be better, we have only ourselves to blame.”
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill“I think we played good football and I’m disappointed not to win the game. We had a lot of good chances. Tonight we needed a good reaction to Saturday’s game, which was poor. I was impressed with Barnsley tonight. They played at a good pace, in the second half they got into the game a bit more, it was end to end and they scored a brilliant goal.
“The reaction to being behind was very good, we carried on. I think we showed very good character. We haven’t scored a lot of goals late this season and for a lot of teams at the top of this season. league, it’s important. We “We need that in our line-up. Our problem this season has been that when we’re dominant, we don’t take our chances. My players did it alone tonight, which is a testament to them.”