JERMAINE BECKFORD sent Town back into the Championship play-off places with his third goal in six loan appearances.

Back after missing two games with a hamstring injury, the Leicester striker headed home from fellow loanee Simon Church's cross in the 36th minute.

Reading man Church enjoyed a bright debut anf while Town's goal came against the run of play, they protected their lead well.

Barnsley were unable to muster a genuine effort on target in the second half while Church, Lee Novak and Paul Dixon all brought saves from home keeper Luke Steele.