THE class of Premier League Swansea eventually was enough to hold of Barnsley in the FA Cup third round at Oakwell.
The Reds’ first half-chance came in the 15th minute. Done touched the ball into the marauding McEveley’s path, but the full-back couldn’t keep his first-time shot down and the ball flew narrowly over.
In the opening quarter there had been little to truly set the supporters’ pulses racing, but there was no lack of effort.
The Reds came close again in the 22nd minute as this time Davies produced some excellent spade work.
He was tackled by Taylor just outside the box, but the loose ball fell invitingly for Drinkwater who struck a fierce first-time drive that only just cleared the crossbar.
Two goals inside a dramatic minute just before the half-hour mark brought the game truly to life.
It was the Reds who went in front with a belter from the in-form VAZ TE.
The front-man charged onto a hopeful ball forward from Drinkwater, shook off Agustien, then proceeded to smash a sweet shot past Tremmel from 20 yards.
It was a super boost for the hosts, but the Swans soon struck back to level.
Within a minute the impressive Dyer threaded a pass through to full-back RANGEL, who steadied himself well before poking the ball past Steele with excellent precision.
Dyer then almost fired the Swans ahead, only for McNulty to deflect his shot just wide for a corner-kick.
Neither manager felt the need to make any changes at half-time, but within barely a minute of the restart the Reds found themselves falling behind to an absolutely scorching strike from GRAHAM.
The former Watford hit-man picked up a pass forward from skipper Monk before taking one touch then rifling a dream shot past the despairing dive of Steele from 30 yards.
The ball arrowed into the top corner for a goal which would undoubtedly have graced the Premier League.
At the other end Vaz Te responded with an angled shot which whistled narrowly over the top, but the Swans were brimming with confidence now and deservedly went into a 3-1 lead in the 53rd minute.
And the next goal was another special one from the visitors.
Routledge danced comfortably past Hassell down Barnsley’s right, before squaring neatly for DYER who tucked a shot easily past a helpless Steele.
Young striker Noble-Lazarus had by now entered the fray in a clear bid to pep up the attack, but prospects looked very gloomy for the Reds.
The hosts did respond, however, and it was Vaz Te who twisted and turned again before smashing a shot just wide.
The strong wind was now becoming a factor too, and it was the Swans who almost benefitted when Agustien’s long clearance also drifted over Steele who had to be alert.
The battling Reds grabbed themselves a lifeline with a second goal in the 65th minute.
It had been looking odds-on a Swansea victory, but Drinkwater’s free-kick from the right somehow made its way to the far post and there was VAZ TE who stretched to poke past Tremmel to give the Reds hope.
Noble-Lazarus looked lively and he crashed a shot just wide as the Reds were now sensing what had been looking like an unlikely draw.
However, all hope was finally ended in the 89th minute when GRAHAM pounced to tap home an excellent low cross from Routledge.
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, McNulty, McEveley, Perkins, Drinkwater, Addison, Done, Vaz Te, Davies. Subs: Preece, Edwards, Wiseman, Noble-Lazarus, Gray, Taylor, Digby
Swansea: Tremmel, Taylor, Williams, Rangel, Monk, Britton, Orlandi, Dyer, Routledge, Agustien, Graham. Subs: Moreira, Sinclair, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Allen, Sigurdsson
Referee: Stuart Atwell (Warwickshire)