BARNSLEY, who had nine players out injured, crashed at Brighton, who had not scored since mid-April.
Golbourne was booked for flattening winger Noone on the Barnsley left and the home winger then curled the free-kick towards the far post.
It looked poorly directed – too close to Gonzalez – but the keeper let the ball slip out of his grasp as he collided with colleague Foster and BARNES was on hand to turn home the gift.
Barnsley used Utuhu on the right and Cywka on the left but lone home winger Noone was allowed to cut a long way into the box before failing to pick out a colleague with his low cross.
Relief did not last for long though. Bruno’s opposite full-back BRIDGE let fly from 25 yards in the 14th minute and his low shot somehow left Gonzalez standing as it rolled inside the far post.
Gonzalez restored a bit of self confidence by diving to take the ball off the feet of the flying Noone on 20 minutes.
Davies, skipper against his former club, showed good trickery to get away from his old mate Dicker but shot past the top corner from 25 yards.
But neat passing involving Davies and Utuhu gave Barnsley a lifeline in the 34th minute. Crofts tripped Mellis just inside the box and DAVIES thrashed the spot kick under Kuszczak’s dive.
The two-goal gap was restored just two minutes later. Again Bruno caused problems down the Tykes’ left, his low cross was shot goalwards by Barnes and cruelly flicked off the shins of the unwitting MACKAIL-SMITH to wrong-foot Gonzalez.
Stones will have been pleased to get in a clean early tackle on Noone, who had switched wings to run at the troubled defender.
But the respite was short-lived. Noone got past him on the byline next time, in the 48th minute, and saw his cross headed goalwards by Barnes for MACKAIL-SMITH to add the finish with a deft left-foot flick.
Hill withdrew both full-backs in the 55th minute, sending on Hassell for Stones at right-back and versatile new boy Cranie for Golbourne down the left.
Hassell got a in a solid tackle on Noone at the first time or asking – and Gonzalez safely gathered the ball as it ricocheted high into the air.
The misery for the 297 away fans was complete on 81 minutes when BARNES shot home from LuaLua’s cutback.
Barnes departed to a standing ovation with Agdestein replacing him.
LuaLua got greedy at the death after skipping past Wiseman and blazed over with team mates waiting.
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