BARNSLEY’S six-match winning streak is over, but boss Lee Johnson will have been pleased with a hard-earned goalless draw at Leyton Orient.
Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies was in terrific form during the second half as he helped earn a point which keeps his side in the play-off places, although substitute Milan Lalkovic was shown a straight red card in the 90th minute following a crude challenge on Nathan Clarke.
In a bleak first half, Jobi McAnuff headed narrowly over the top early on for the home side before defender Scott Cuthbert should have done better when he planted a woeful header wide from eight yards.
Barnsley’s only decent chance came midway through the first half when leading scorer Conor Hourihane curled in a smart free-kick which was easily saved.
The hosts came mighty close to breaking the deadlock twice just before the half-hour mark.
Former Oakwell forward Chris Dagnall nodded narrowly wide, before then turning provider for Darius Henderson, who drilled a low shot disappointingly wide.
Davies was then superb in the 36th minute when he produced a near-post stop to deny McAnuff.
Barnsley improved after the break, but their closest chance came through John O’Sullivan, who screwed his shot wide.
Leyton Orient: Cisak, O’Neill, Cuthbert, Clarke, Dossena, Wright, Pritchard, McAnuff (Cox, 79), Dagnall, Henderson (Mooney, 82), Hedges (Simpson, 90). Unused substitutes: Omozusi, Sawyer, Lowry, Woods.
Barnsley: Davies, Holgate, Cranie, Nyatanga, John, O’Sullivan (Lalkovic, 70), Pearson, Hourihane, Scowen, Waring (Ibehre, 86), Winnall (Berry, 76). Unused substitutes: Dibble, Smith, Hemmings, Bailey.
Referee: Gavin Ward.