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Barnsley 1 Blackburn 3 – match report: Keith Hill sacked

Barnsley 1 Blackburn 3: Hill sacked as Tykes slip to foot of the table


18:01 GMT, 29 December 2012



18:06 GMT, 29 December 2012

Managerless Blackburn put two days of off-field turmoil behind them to record a first win in seven matches against npower Championship strugglers Barnsley – whose manager Keith Hill was sacked after the game.

Henning Berg was dismissed as Rovers manager on Thursday following one win in 10 games at the helm.

Rovers' senior coaching staff were also shown the door and, under the caretaker control of reserve-team boss Gary Bowyer, it was the only signing of Berg's 57-day reign that opened the scoring at Oakwell.

Three and easy: Rovers recorded their first win in seven games

Three and easy: Rovers recorded their first win in seven games

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman (Stones 46), Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, O'Brien, Dawson, Perkins, Done (Noble-Lazarus 46), Tudgay, Davies (Sinclair 70).

Subs Not Used: Lidakevicius, Hassell, Harewood, Greening.

Booked: McNulty.

Goals: Dawson 76.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Rochina (Markus Olsson 67), Murphy, Lowe, Vukcevic (Kazim-Richards 46), Rhodes, King (Nuno Gomes 90).

Subs Not Used: Usai, Henrique, Morris, Rosado.

Booked: King, Vukcevic.

Goals: King 29, Rochina 44, Rhodes 90.

Attendance: 9,153

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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Josh King's bundled home before the half hour and a sublime individual
effort on the stroke of half-time from Ruben Rochina gave Blackburn
breathing space.

Stephen Dawson reduced the arrears
during a lacklustre second half, the closing stages of which were marred
by the sight of Barnsley forward Marcus Tudgay receiving lengthy
treatment following a collision with Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean and
leaving the field on a stretcher.

That reduced Hill's side to 10
men having used all their substitutions and, in the eighth of nine
additional minutes, Jordan Rhodes muscled his way on to Jason Lowe's
long ball to seal Blackburn's triumph and send Barnsley to the foot of
the table.

Stephen Foster returned to the heart
of the Barnsley defence after suspension ruled him out of the Boxing Day
defeat to Birmingham, while Scott Wiseman, Matty Done and Craig Davies
were restored to Hill's starting line-up.

Bowyer tweaked Blackburn's attack by selecting Rochina and Simon Vukcevic in support of top scorer Jordan Rhodes.

Colin Kazim-Richards and Diogo Rosado
dropped to the bench while David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Gael
Givet and Dickson Etuhu were among a host of senior players absent from
the squad.

Barnsley almost took the lead in the
ninth minute when Scott Dann's botched clearance presented Davies with
an opportunity but Rovers managed to scramble clear.

More slack defending, this time a
poor backpass from Martin Olsson, presented Dawson with a shooting
opportunity but Grant Hanley was in place to head clear.

Hotshot: Jordan Rhodes settled the game in the dying embers

Hotshot: Jordan Rhodes settled the game in the dying embers

Davies had the ball in the net with
17 minutes played but the whistle had gone for a foul on Adam Henley and
Blackburn then began to make most of the running.

Rhodes uncharacteristically skied
over after Rochina released Henley in the 23rd minute and Barnsley could
not claim the opening goal was not on the cards when it arrived.

Straight from a Kean clearance, King
raced clear of the Tykes backline and, although Luke Steele save his
initial effort, the rebound struck him and bobbled into the net.

Rovers remained on the front foot and were rewarded in style by Rochina.
Wiseman backed off the advancing former Barcelona B playmaker, who
stormed into the penalty area and lashed past Steele at his near post.

Kean saved well from Tudgay on the
stroke of half-time but that did not persuade Hill against making a
double substitution at the break as Reuben Noble-Lazarus and John Stones
replaced Done and Wiseman.

Kazim-Richards was also on at the
interval for the injured Vukcevic and almost extended Blackburn's lead
in the 54th minute, seeing a shot deflected behind.

That opportunity was inventively
set-up by Rochina and Blackburn let the initiative slip after he limped
off midway through the half.

Barnsley sensed the opportunity and, with 14 minutes to go, Dawson lashed home emphatically from 20 yards.

The host's charge for an equaliser
was concluded without Tudgay – leading to the huge allocation of injury
time that Rhodes crowned with his 12 Blackburn goal in 21 starts.

Leicester 2 Barnsley 2 – match report

Leicester 2 Barnsley 2: Tykes unlucky as Fox in the box Vardy leaves it late to level


17:30 GMT, 8 December 2012



17:33 GMT, 8 December 2012

A last-minute goal from Jamie Vardy gave Leicester a share of the spoils against Barnsley, but the promotion hopefuls will consider it two points dropped against struggling Barnsley.

Vardy struck home from close range after good work from David Nugent, but Keith Hill's side deserved the plaudits after a battling show.

Nugent was back up top with Martyn Waghorn after bagging a brace for the Foxes from the bench against Derby.

Delight: Reuben Noble Lazarus celebrates scoring Barnsley's second

Delight: Reuben Noble Lazarus celebrates scoring Barnsley's second

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 60), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Futacs 76), Nugent, Waghorn (Vardy 68).

Subs Not Used: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.

Booked: Nugent, Marshall.

Goals: Knockaert 9, Vardy 90.

Barnsley: Steele, Stones (Perkins 80), Cranie, Wiseman, Golbourne, Dawson, Buzsaky (Tudgay 68), Greening, O'Brien, Noble-Lazarus (Etuhu 80), Davies.

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Foster, Sinclair.

Booked: Wiseman.

Goals: Dawson 27, Noble-Lazarus 39.

Att: 23,579

Ref: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

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The visitors, meanwhile, were merely
looking to stop the rot after a winless run of nine games, stretching
all the way back to October 20.

And Barnsley could have been one down
within two minutes of the start. John Stones impeded Lloyd Dyer and
from the resultant free-kick, Tykes keeper Luke Steele tipped Waghorn's
shot around a post.

Two minutes later, Steele had to be at his best again to deny the Leicester man as the Foxes went for the jugular.

A goal looked inevitable even at this
early stage and it duly arrived after nine minutes when Anthony
Knockaert drilled home left footed from 12 yards to give the overworked
Steele no chance with his fifth goal of the season.

It had been an early procession
towards the Tykes' goal and the Yorkshiremen were finding it hard to
gain any sort of foothold in the match as Nigel Pearson's promotion
hopefuls ran them ragged.

But eventually Hill's men made their
presence felt with a series of zealous challenges intended to disrupt
the rhythm of the impressive hosts.

It worked, and Barnsley drew level
after 27 minutes when Stephen Dawson struck beyond Kasper Schmeichel to
make it 1-1 from 12 yards.

The goal gave the visitors the lift
they needed but it also stung the Foxes into renewed action, Dyer trying
his luck from inside the box and seeing his effort clear the crossbar.

But if Leicester had been rattled by
the equaliser, they were left distraught after conceding a second after
39 minutes. This time it was Reuben Noble-Lazarus who finished off a
move involving Jim O'Brien with a stylish overhead kick from close range
to put his side 2-1 ahead.

Another Waghorn effort from distance
was well held by Steele but at the other end Akos Buzsaky shot wide when
well placed to add to the Tykes' tally just a minute from the break.

Leicester knew they had to up the
tempo after the break and Knockaert went close, first with his right
boot and then with his head after 58 minutes, his 12-yard effort just
clearing the crossbar as the Foxes forced the pace.

He was replaced just on the hour, giving way to Ben Marshall as boss Pearson looked to shuffle his options.

Waghorn then made way for Vardy, who turned into Leicester's saviour.

Charlton 0 Barnsley 1 – match report

Charlton 0 Barnsley 1: Cywka strike earns Tykes deserved win



16:35 GMT, 20 October 2012

Tomasz Cywka struck midway through the second half to clinch Barnsley's second away win of the season in the npower Championship at shot-shy Charlton.

The Polish midfielder fired home an angled drive in the 64th minute as Keith Hill's side registered their second win in seven league matches to climb up to 16th place in the table.

It was no less than the Tykes deserved as they dominated from start to finish, while Charlton have now failed to win any of their last five league matches and offered nothing in this encounter until second-half substitute Bradley Pritchard forced visiting goalkeeper Ben Alnwick into a fine save late in the game.

Oh no: Charlton's Leon Cort (left) holds his head as he walks off the field with Michael Morrison

Oh no: Charlton's Leon Cort (left) holds his head as he walks off the field with Michael Morrison


Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Morrison, Cort, Solly,Green (Pritchard 68), Stephens, Hollands (Jackson 46), Kerkar, Fuller, Razak (Wright-Phillips 46).

Subs Not Used: Button, Evina, Hulse, Dervite.

Booked: Stephens, Solly, Wilson.

Barnsley: Alnwick, Stones, Foster, Wiseman, Golbourne, Mellis (Etuhu 89), Dawson, Perkins, Cywka (Hassell 90), Dagnall, Davies (Harewood 90).

Subs Not Used: Steele, Done, Rose, Kennedy.

Booked: Golbourne, Dawson.

Goals: Cywka 64.

Att: 26,185

Ref: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

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Barnsley were the more enterprising
side in the first 20 minutes with midfield trio Stephen Dawson, Jacob
Mellis and Tomasz Cywka peppering the Charlton goal with shots from
outside the penalty area.

Charlton struggled to mount a threat
on the visitors' goal and Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall went close to
breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute when his angled effort from
inside the penalty area was well held by home goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

Tykes forward Craig Davies, who made
his first appearance for Wales in almost five years against Scotland in
midweek, was foiled by a Charlton defender Leon Cort's last-gasp block
as the visitors continued to chase an opening goal and it was not until
three minutes before the break that Barnsley goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was
pressed into action.

Barnsley defender Scott Golbourne
fouled Charlton midfielder Danny Green on the edge of the area and
Alnwick pushed Dale Stephens' subsequent free-kick over the crossbar.

But the Tykes finished the first half on top, with Mellis going close again with a fierce 25-yard effort that whistled wide.

Charlton manager Chris Powell sent on
Johnnie Jackson and Bradley Wright-Phillips for Danny Hollands and
Abdul Razak respectively during the break in a bid to spark some life
into his side.

Come on: Chris Powell could not inspire his side

Come on: Chris Powell could not inspire his side

Barnsley continued to force the play
after the restart however and Dagnall went close again in the 53rd
minute when he flashed a volley from Mellis' floated free-kick just
passed Hamer's right-hand post.

The South Yorkshire side secured the
goal they deserved in the 64th minute. The ball was worked neatly to the
left side of Charlton's penalty area and Cwyka latched on to the ball
and lashed home a venomous right-footed finish high into the roof of the
net from 12 yards.

Powell sent on his third substitute,
Bradley Pritchard, for Green in the 68th minute, but Alnwick was still
redundant in the Barnsley goal as the Addicks struggled to muster
anything worthwhile in attack.

Stephens, in the 74th minute, dragged
his shot from the edge of the penalty area off target and substitute
Pritchard fired an effort from similar distance straight at Alnwick.

But shots on goal by Powell's side
could be counted on the fingers of one hand and Pritchard's late effort
from inside the area in the 89th minute was too little too late for the

Brighton 5 Barnsley 1: Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith

Brighton 5 Barnsley 1: Two each for Barnes and Mackail-Smith in Seagulls romp



17:06 GMT, 25 August 2012

Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith both scored braces as Brighton broke their goal duck in style by thrashing Barnsley in the npower Championship.

The Seagulls had not found the net in their previous three matches this season, prompting manager Gus Poyet to step up his search for a new striker.

But his current frontline sent a message to the boss with Barnes opening and completing the scoring and Mackail-Smith grabbing his brace either side of half-time.

High five: Wayne Bridge celebrates his goal

High five: Wayne Bridge celebrates his goal


Brighton: Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Crofts (Harley 70), Dicker, Bridcutt, Noone (LuaLua 70), Mackail-Smith, Barnes (Agdestein 84).

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Barker.

Booked: Barnes.

Goals: Barnes 4, Bridge 14, Mackail-Smith 38, 50, Barnes 81.

Barnsley: Gonzalez, Foster, Wiseman, Stones (Hassell 55), Golbourne (Cranie 55), Dawson, Etuhu, Cywka, Mellis, Harewood, Davies.
Subs Not Used: Lidakevicius, Collins, Dagnall, Clark, Rose.

Booked: Golbourne, Stones, Foster.

Goals: Davies 35 pen.

Attendance: 24,594

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

And on what was obviously the day to end
goal droughts, Wayne Bridge scored his first league goal in nearly nine
years as Brighton finally got their season up and running.

The 30-year-old defender, on loan with the Seagulls from Manchester
City, struck a long-range effort as Poyet's side picked up their first
win of the Championship campaign.

Former Brighton striker Craig Davies did pull one back from the penalty
spot but the Tykes were well beaten and slipped to a second straight

The previously shot-shy hosts got off to the perfect start with a goal after only four minutes.
Barnsley goalkeeper David Gonzalez, who had a spell with the Seagulls
last term, spilled Craig Noone's free-kick and Barnes was on hand to
half-volley the ball into the net.

Eleven minutes later Bridge collected a pass from Liam Bridcutt and, as
Barnsley back-tracked, the former England left-back crashed in a 25-yard
drive which flew through a sea of bodies and low into the corner of the

It was Bridge's first league goal since he found the net for Chelsea against Portsmouth in December 2003.

Barnsley were thrown a lifeline after 34 minutes when Andrew Crofts
brought down Jacob Mellis in the area and Davies converted the penalty,
despite Tomasz Kuszczak getting a touch.

Contrasting emotions: Brighton manager Gus Poyet (left) and Barnsley boss Keith Hill (right)

Contrasting emotions: Brighton manager Gus Poyet (left) and Barnsley boss Keith Hill (right)

Contrasting emotions: Brighton manager Gus Poyet (left) and Barnsley boss Keith Hill (right)

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But three minutes later the hosts restored their two-goal cushion when Spanish full-back Bruno raided down the right.

His cross was missed by the unconvincing Gonzalez and Mackail-Smith was on hand to tap in at the far post.

Barnsley have not come from behind to win an away game since they beat
Blackpool in December 2009, and their faint hopes of doing so
disappeared three minutes after the interval.

John Stones was muscled off the ball by the diminutive Noone and his
cross was headed on by Barnes for Mackail-Smith to tuck in his second.

And 10 minutes from time, substitute Kazenga LuaLua reached the byline
and crossed for Barnes to fire his second and Brighton's fifth.

Southampton 2 Barnsley 0: Adam Lallana hits two to keep Saints ahead of West Ham and Reading

Southampton 2 Barnsley 0: Lallana brace extends unbeaten run for top-of-the-table Saints



17:23 GMT, 10 March 2012

Adam Lallana netted a brace as Southampton beat Barnsley 2-0 at St Mary's to extend their lead at the top of the npower Championship.

The lively Lallana struck his 11th and 12th goals of the season either side of half-time to help Nigel Adkins' side return to winning ways following their midweek draw with Ipswich.

Southampton had further opportunities to add gloss to the scoreline, with visiting goalkeeper Luke Steele denying Lallana his hat-trick and substitute David Connolly late on.

On target: Adam Lallana hit his 11th of the season to fire Southampton into the lead

On target: Adam Lallana hit his 11th of the season to fire Southampton into the lead

Match facts

Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox, Do Prado, Schneiderlin, Hammond, Lallana (Sharp 80), Lee (Connolly 65), Lambert (Cork 61). Subs not used: Martin, De Ridder.

Scorer: Lallana.36, 54.

Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman, Foster, McNulty, McEveley, Cotterill (Rose 58), Doyle, Dawson (Digby 57), Done (Dagnall 78), Davies, Nouble. Subs not used: Preece, Noble-Lazarus.

Booked: Foster.

Referee: David Phillips.

Attendance: 24,862.

The win sees Saints move three points
clear of second-placed West Ham, held 1-1 by relegation candidates
Doncaster today, and extended their unbeaten league run to nine matches.

Keith Hill's struggling side were
left to rue Stephen Foster's first-half miss and, despite Danny Rose
heading against the crossbar, they were condemned to a fifth straight
away league defeat.

The visitors enjoyed a lively start
with debutant Frank Nouble, who joined the Tykes on loan from West Ham
this week, providing some teasing crosses but it was Saints who started
to create chances.

Top-scorer Rickie Lambert had the
first opportunity, striking an 18-yard effort straight at Steele, before
Tadanari Lee failed to direct a header on target.

At the other end, Frazer Richardson's
tame backpass almost fell into the path of Craig Davies, while Barnsley
could have levelled in the 18th minute but unmarked defender Foster
glanced a header wide from David Cotterill's inviting corner.

Fans' favourite: Lallana salutes the St Mary's faithful

Fans' favourite: Lallana salutes the St Mary's faithful

Daniel Fox, the only Saints change
from the side that played the Tractor Boys, delivered a threatening
free-kick, only for Jose Fonte to header just over the top.

On the half-hour mark, David
Cotterill curled an excellent shot just wide of Kelvin Davis' post
before Saints broke the deadlock two minutes later through Lallana, who
found the bottom corner from 18 yards after a Lambert knockdown.

And Lallana went in search of a second, firing just wide from 25 yards as Southampton finished the half strongly.

Hold on: Kelvin Davis collects as Jose Fonte shields from Craig Davies

Hold on: Kelvin Davis collects as Jose Fonte shields from Craig Davies

Southampton came out of the blocks
strongly after the interval, with Morgan Schneiderlin stinging the palms
of Steele from long range.

And Saints doubled their advantage
after 53 minutes when Lee skipped past Scott Wiseman and, approaching
the byline, slid the ball back for Lallana to tap in from close range.

Dangerman Lallana continued to
torment Barnsley, bringing a comfortable save out of Steele with a
20-yard strike just after the hour mark.

Hill's side almost pulled a goal back
after 72 minutes when Rose headed Matty Done's cross against the bar
while, at the other end, Steele parried substitute Connolly's
close-range effort to safety.

Nouble and Davies fired over from distance as Barnsley tried to net a late consolation.

Barnsley 2 Swansea 4: Vaz Te shines but Graham keeps Swans on a roll

Barnsley 2 Swansea 4: Hot shot Vaz Te shines but Graham keeps Swans on a roll

Swansea booked their place in the FA
Cup fourth round after emerging triumphant from an entertaining
encounter with Barnsley at Oakwell.

The npower Championship side went
ahead just before the half-hour mark through a fierce drive from their
top scorer Ricardo Vaz Te, only for the Swans to equalise within a
minute thanks to Angel Rangel's finish.

Angel delight: Rangel (right) of Swansea celebrates his first half goal

Angel delight: Rangel (right) of Swansea celebrates his first half goal


Barnsley: Steele, Hassell (Wiseman 57), Foster, McNulty, McEveley, Addison, Vaz Te, Drinkwater, Perkins (Gray 57), Done (Noble-Lazarus 52), Davies. Subs Not Used: Preece, Edwards, Taylor, Digby.

Booked: McEveley,Addison.

Goals: Vaz Te 29, 65.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Dyer (Sinclair 78), Britton, Orlandi (Sigurdsson 59), Routledge, Graham,
Agustien (Allen 66). Subs Not Used: Moreira, Lita, Moore, Bessone.

Booked: Taylor,Rangel.

Goals: Rangel 30,Graham 46 ,Dyer 54, Graham 89.

Att: 7,380

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

A great strike by Danny Graham moments after the interval put the Swans in front before Nathan Dyer made it 3-1 in the 54th minute, and after Vaz Te had pulled one back in the 65th, Graham scored again late on to seal victory for the Barclays Premier League team.

Swansea summer signing Gerhard Tremmel replaced Michel Vorm in goal to make his debut, while defender Garry Monk came in for Steven Caulker in the only other change to the first XI from the 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Monday.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose arrival on loan from Hoffenheim had been confirmed earlier in the week, was among the substitutes.

For the hosts, midfielder Danny Drinkwater made his comeback from injury a day after extending his loan from Manchester United with defender Scott Wiseman dropping to the bench in the only adjustment from the 2-0 defeat at Doncaster.

Swans midfielder Kemy Agustien made the
game's first attempt on goal in the 12th minute, firing an effort from
outside the box which brought a diving save out of Luke Steele.

Clinical: Danny Graham scores the third past a diving Luke Steele of Barnsley

Clinical: Danny Graham scores the third past a diving Luke Steele of Barnsley

Two minutes later Steele was called into action again, doing well to deny Wayne Routledge after the winger had found himself in on goal.

At the other end, the ball dropped on the edge of the area to Jay McEveley, who cracked a shot over the bar. Drinkwater went closer with a strike that was just too high, and having gained in confidence, Barnsley then broke the deadlock, Vaz Te breaking forward in the 29th minute to send a shot dipping over Tremmel.

The lead lasted only a few seconds, though, before Rangel was allowed the space to turn and prod an equaliser past Steele.

Stunner: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer (far left) scores his side's third goal

Stunner: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer (far left) scores his side's third goal

Swansea then turned up the pressure, with Dyer in particular looking dangerous, but some important interventions ensured the visitors could not add another goal before the break.

The Welsh side picked up where they had left off at the start of the second half and less than a minute in, they made it 2-1, Danny Graham unleashing a cracking effort from distance that Steele had little chance of stopping.

Vaz Te struck wide, but Swansea kept coming and after spooning one opportunity over the bar, Dyer swiftly made amends by converting Routledge's cross to extend the advantage.

High kicks: Ashley Williams (R) of Swansea battles with Craig Davies of Barnsley

High kicks: Ashley Williams (R) of Swansea battles with Craig Davies of Barnsley

The tie looked settled, but Barnsley were not done and having sent another attempt off target, Vaz Te then netted his second of the afternoon, getting on the end of a free-kick with a tap-in at the far post.

The Tykes continued to press, with substitute Reuben Noble-Lazarus hitting a shot wide.

Stephen Foster tried to tee up another substitute, Andy Gray, in front of goal, but Rangel nipped in to clear the danger. It was spirited stuff from Barnsley, but they could not find a leveller and with a minute of normal time remaining, Graham wrapped up Swansea's win by slotting in from close range.

Barnsley 1 Blackpool 3: Matt Phillips hat-trick wins it for Seasiders

Barnsley 1 Blackpool 3: Phillips scores hat-trick to keep Holloway”s men in touch with the play-offs

Matt Phillips fired a superb hat-trick to send Barnsley spinning to a third straight npower Championship defeat and lift his own side to within one place of the play-offs.

Phillips cancelled out Matty Done”s 18th-minute opener for Barnsley with a thumping low drive shortly before half-time, cracked in an even better effort midway through the second period and made sure of the points with a late penalty.

They were Phillips” first goals for the Seasiders since the 20-year-old winger returned from a productive loan spell at Sheffield United in early November, while Ian Holloway”s side, who have lost only one of their last nine matches, climbed to within a point of sixth-placed Reading.

Hat-trick hero: Matt Phillips celebrates with Ludovic Sylvestre as Blackpool win at Barnsley

Hat-trick hero: Matt Phillips celebrates with Ludovic Sylvestre as Blackpool win at Barnsley


Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman, Edwards, McNulty, McEveley, O”Brien (Gray 62), Butterfield, Perkins, Vaz Te (Haynes 75), Davies, Done.

Subs Not Used: Preece, Hassell, Foster.

Booked: Butterfield.

Goals: Done 18.

Blackpool: Howard, Baptiste, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Matt Phillips, Ferguson, Sylvestre, Taylor-Fletcher (Basham 86), LuaLua (Grandin 63), McManaman (Ince 71).

Subs Not Used: Eardley, Kevin Phillips.

Booked: Crainey.

Goals: Matt Phillips 37,67,82 pen.

Attendance: 11,776

Referee: Colin Webster

Barnsley were looking up at the top six themselves three weeks ago after four straight league wins, but have followed that run up with three successive defeats and have slipped back to 15th place in the table.

Midfield pair Done and Jim O”Brien returned for Barnsley, while Alex Baptiste was recalled at right-back for Blackpool and goalkeeper Mark Howard made his debut in place of the injured Matt Gilks.

Barnsley striker Ricardo Vaz Te, scorer of the quickest ever goal at Oakwell – nine seconds – in the recent home win over Crystal Palace, was first to the trigger again in the fifth minute, but his goalbound effort from outside the penalty area was blocked by Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart.

Blackpool midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre could not keep his 25-yard shot down and Vaz Te dragged an angled drive wide before Barnsley took the lead through Done in the 18th minute.

O”Brien crossed from the right and the former Rochdale winger steered the ball home neatly from six yards.

Cool finish: Phillips scores his third

Cool finish: Phillips scores his third

The Seasiders began to enjoy a greater share of possession after the half-hour mark and deservedly equalised when Phillips lashed home his first goal since returning from a productive loan spell at Sheffield United, low into the bottom corner, from outside the area.

Both sides picked up where they left off in the first period and it was end-to-end Boxing Day action.

Baptiste, Lomana LuaLua and Phillips all went close for Blackpool before Howard saved in fine style twice in as many minutes to keep out a shot from Barnsley striker Craig Davies and another from Vaz Te.

All together now: Blackpool

All together now: Blackpool”s players celebrate with Phillips

But it was the visitors who made the crucial breakthrough in the 67th minute. The marauding Phillips cut in from the left wing after collecting Sylvestre”s pass and arrowed a superb low shot into the bottom corner from 30 yards.

Barnsley were clearly rocked, but refused to throw in the towel as first defender Jay McEveley and then Jacob Butterfield fired in shots on target from outside the area.

Merry Christmas: Blackpool

Merry Christmas: Blackpool”s Manager Ian Holloway was pleased with what he saw

But with a salvage mission still possible, the Tykes were sent spinning when defender Scott Wiseman was adjudged to have fouled opposing full-back Stephen Crainey in the area and Phillips strode up to place the subsequent spot kick into the bottom corner in the 82nd minute.

Phillips squandered a great chance for a fourth goal in time added on, but ballooned his 12-yard effort over the crossbar.