BARNSLEY got off to a fine start with a 1-0 home win over fancied Middlesbrough thanks to a sweet Craig Davies goal..
Boro started the brighter and in the third minute Ledesma dragged a left foot shot just wide.
Hill was forced into a change after 17 minutes when winger Done hobbled off with an ankle injury after a crunching challenge from Haroun the forward lucky not to get booked.
Former Manchester City midfielder Etuhu was Done’s replacement. The hosts had a chance but Davies left-foot shot from the edge of the box was straight at Boro keeper Steele.
Just before half-time Foster found himself in referee Adcock’s notebook after felling Ledesma on the edge of his own box.
On the stroke of half-time DAVIES put the Reds ahead with a sweet finish. Perkins provided the pass and Davies did the rest with time and space inside Boro’s box. The striker had time to pick his spot and rifled beyond Steele into the bottom left-hand corner.
The Reds flew out of the traps at the start of the second half and in the 49th minute Davies lashed a left-foot shot at Steele.
Five minutes later Foster rose tallest at the back post to meet an inswinging corner from Golbourne, but the defender couldn’t direct his head on target.
Mellis then went agonisingly close as the hosts came within a whisker of doubling their advantage. The former Chelsea playmaker rifled a right-foot inches wide of Steele’s right upright.
Bailey was the third player to be booked after he impeded Mellis on a bursting run.
Skipper Perkins found himself with a yellow card soon after a foul on Zemmama before Boro broke and Leadbitter skewed a right-foot shot wide from the edge of the box.
The Reds went very close to scoring their second goal but for a brilliant fingertip save from Steele.
Harewood squared the ball inside for Davies and the striker saw his powerful right-foot strike tipped over the bar by the athletic Steele.
Dawson was then introduced as the Reds’ second sub of the afternoon and he blasted over with his first touch of the afternoon.
Harewood had a shot charged down on the edge of the box, before Davies forced an excellent save from Steele diving to his right. Davies shot looked destined for the bottom left corner.
In the second of four minutes of injury-time Gonzalez made a superb save to gather Hoyte’s stinging drive.